Irish islands' submission to the CFP review
Further to our work on the special position of fishing and fisheries in the long-standing and continuing sustainability of Ireland's gaelic speaking offshore islands, we were asked to put forward the case representing the fragility of these community / natural resources linkages and the need for a degree of formal recognition of this special status and its heritage implications. Ireland's offshore island communities are not alone in this situation, with many other peripheral island communities dotted around the coastline of the European Community. But what makes this special is that for many Irish people a part of the heart of their culture is located in and beats strongly in these island communities. Fishing maintains an important linkage to the sea, a practical demonstration of the compromises needed to sustain households located on the edge of the ocean.