The Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority is committed to the effective and fair regulation of the Irish Sea-Fishing and Seafood Sectors. Working in consultation with all stakeholders, and in particular with our Consultative Committee, the SFPA is strongly committed to playing its part in ensuring a strong future for the Irish Fishing Industry built on the principles of conservation, compliance and sustainability.

SFPA Latest News

Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority Highlights the Importance of Compliance within the Whelk Fishery

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The Irish whelk industry is worth more than €4 million to the economy - consumed and considered a delicacy in many parts of the world; the ...
Fisherman Fined for Illegal Fishing Activity

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Following a conviction at Tralee Circuit Court, on Tuesday 1st April, the Master of an Irish registered fishing vessel was fined a total of ...

Announcements

New SFPA COP for the Microbiological Monitoring of Bivalve Mollusc Production Areas:

This recently updated SFPA Code of Practice for the Microbiological Monitoring of Bivalve Mollusc Production Areas has been developed by the Molluscan Shellfish Safety Committee (MSSC) through consultation with all stakeholders over the last number of months and replaces the now defunct 2012 Vers 4 Micro COP.

The 2013 Micro COP reflects current best practices as reflected in both the 2012 Community Guide to Microbiological Classification and Monitoring of LBM Production Areas and CEFAS CRL’s Microbiological Monitoring of LBM Production Areas Guide to Good Practice.

This new COP includes lessons learned from FVO LBM audit of 2011, and is a more accurate reflection of Ireland’s Microbiological Monitoring Programmes of Shellfish Production Areas.

 It contains clearer definitions on Preliminary Classifications, Seasonal Classifications, responding to out of range or elevated E.coli results, sample submission protocols and decision trees.

The attached document is also available on the SFPA’s website under seafood safety guidance documents at: http://www.sfpa.ie/SeafoodSafety/Shellfish/GuidanceDocuments.aspx

Older versions of this COP should be removed from circulation and replaced by the attached.

SFPA Supporting Shellfish Regional Information Events
The SFPA is supporting a series of Shellfish Regional Information Events. These free events are being held around the coast in September and October and are open to all those involved in the shellfish industry. For further details please see www.fsai.ie/events

Traceability and Labelling in Seafood
Micheál O’Mahony, SFPA Board Member will give a talk entitled "Seafood Traceability - A Regulator's Perspective" at the Labelfish joint U.K. and Ireland workshop on seafood traceability, genetics and labeling in Salford on November 12th, further information about Labelfish and this important conference are available at this link: http://labelfish.eu/dissemination/

Quota Uptake
This information is updated after each Quota Management Meeting. The latest available figures on the uptake of Quota Species are available here

Recent Publications

Consumer Advice - Scallops

This consumer advice leaflet provides information for consumers when purchasing scallops. 

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Industry Advice - Common Skate

Industry advice on the identification and conservation of the Common Skate 

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