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Memorandum of Understanding with DAERA and Ulster Farmers Union


Meeting with NIEA re Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for pollution of waterways by farmers.

 

Many of you will have heard recently in the news that the Ulster Farmers Union were seeking the agreement of the DAERA Minister to sign off a MOU relating to farmers who caused pollution.

The Ulster Angling Federation (UAF) wrote to the Minister on the issue expressing our concerns about a MOU and the fact that no consultation had taken place with UAF. Following our letter a meeting was held on the 26th July with the Ulster Angling Federation (UAF), Chris Mills Director of Resource Efficiency Division of NIEA and Jeannie Long from NIEA Water Management Unit.

The UAF made it very clear that we and our members needed to be included in any discussions regarding a MOU and its contents. To date discussions have only taken place with the Ulster Farmers Union (UFU) but no firm decisions have been taken.

Chris Mills went on to advise that any MOU would have to be approved by Europe before NIEA and the UFU could agree sign off. This MOU would only cover low severity incidents which would not involve a fish kill.

He acknowledged our concerns and gave an undertaking that the UAF would be included in all future discussions going forward. The UAF will keep all clubs and members fully informed as this Memorandum is progressed.

 

Robbie Marshall

Development Officer

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