Tommy Flaherty is a fisherman from Inis Mór, County Galway, Ireland.

Tommy recounts his early days fishing on the west coast of Ireland. He tells us that there are no more fish coming into the bays as there used to be. Is it overfishing? Maybe, he says.

Tommys says he could welcome Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) for some species and for some areas, it all depends on what needs to be protected. He says that fish do come back when they are given time to come back.



Inis Mór is one of the Aram islands. This area falls within an ‘Area of Interest’ that we have identified as a potential for Marine Protected Area designation.

You can read more about the “Galway Bay and Islands Area of Interest’ by clicking here.

Our thanks to Tommy for taking part.

You kind find more episodes from our series Real Voice on Youtube. 

Real Voices is a video series produced for Fair Seas by the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group.

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We also welcome you to join us in Cork on 8th June, where we are hosting our inaugural World Ocean Day conference. We are bringing ocean advocates, government, industry and key stakeholders together to map out the next steps for Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in Irish waters.

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