Minister Edwin Poots with Ben Collier during his visit to ANIFPO in Kilkeel Harbour. Image: DAERA

Northern Irelandís Fisheries Edwin Poots, has pledged to fight for the local fishing industry and support its growth as he visited Kilkeel Harbour.

The Minister met Alan McCulla, OBE, chief executive of the Anglo-Northern Ireland Fish Producers Organisation, and representatives of Sea Source, to hear first-hand the issues facing the Northern Ireland fishing industry.

ĎI visited Kilkeel today to see for myself the current concerns facing our fishermen,í Edwin Poots said after his day in Kilkeel.

ĎI recognise the challenges faced by our industry and will stand up for our local fleet. Iím very keen to hear how we can work together to help with the industryís ambitious plans for future development. We discussed potential future fishing opportunities in the Irish Sea and even more pressing, the need to protect and support the industry to prosper, post-Brexit,í he said, commenting that he stressed that it is unacceptable for the industry to be at any disadvantage.

ĎThe industry has made real progress in improving sustainability and we need to build on this to ensure a vibrant and prosperous future for the industry.í