Irish Fish Producers Organisation CEO Aodh O’Donnell is warning that, while talks remain at an exploratory stage, a deal would not be good for Ireland.

Reports say Irish trawlers would be allocated an extra 15 million blue whiting quota this year on condition that Icelandic crews can fish here.

Blue whiting is closely related to cod, haddock and hake with Irish vessels targeting the species in a small area known as the Porcupine Bank about 320 kms off the coast of Kerry.

Mr O’Donnell told The Pat Kenny Show the deal could give Iceland access to “almost the equivalent of the total Irish quota for the year”.

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