Strategic Relationships

The SFPA works closely with a range of partners in order to deliver our mandate. We intend to build and maintain these critical relationships into the future in order to maximise opportunities for co‐operation and collaboration in service delivery.

The Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine (DAFM) is an important stakeholder,responsible for policy formulation, corporate governance oversight, and resource allocation. In addition, many DAFF divisions are engaged in implementation of regulations involving a direct interface with SFPA, e.g. quota and fishing effort management, food safety, food imports including Illegal Unreported, Unregulated (IUU) Fishing.

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) is Ireland’s Central Competent Authority for Food Safety across the food chain from primary production to consumption. The functions of the SFPA in respect of food safety are detailed in a Service Contract Agreement with the FSAI.

The Sea Fisheries Protection Consultative Committee was established under Section 48 of the Sea‐Fisheries and Maritime Jurisdiction Act 2006 for the purposes of consultations and liaison with the sea‐fisheries and seafood sectors and other relevant interests on matters relating to the functions of the Authority. The Consultative Committee consists of 14 members, appointed by the Minister, representing the sea‐fishing catching, inshore fishing, seafood processing and

aquaculture sectors and others with relevant Marine expertise

The SFPA has a Service Level Agreement with the Department of Defence for the provision of fishery protection services by the Naval Service and Air Corps. The SFPA produces an annual Fisheries Control Plan which outlines the benchmark requirements for inspections at sea by the Naval Service and surveillance by the Air Corps. The annual plan uses agreed risk management strategies which produce baseline inspection benchmarks for all vessels operating in our EEZ.  These levels of inspection are continuously developed using strategies including intelligence information, fleet profiling and administrative crosschecks. The SFPA works closely with the Naval Service to ensure that such inspection levels are maintained to ensure that there is a balanced and appropriate level of control on all fisheries activities in our areas of responsibility

 The SFPA works in close co‐operation with An Garda Síochána, in roadside vehicle inspections, and fisheries‐related investigations. Sea‐Fisheries Protections Officers also jointly undertake specific enforcement actions with members of An Garda Síochána particularly in relation to the detention of fishing vessels.

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) directs and supervises public prosecutions of cases in respect of sea‐fisheries legislation and gives the SFPA general direction and advice in relation to specific cases.

The Marine Institute (MI) is Ireland’s national agency for Marine Research, Technology Development and Innovation. In food safety MI are control partners providing extensive analytical services and scientific advice. In fishery control MI and SFPA collaborate in the area of data‐flows to best inform scientific research.

 Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) has a key role to develop the Irish Seafood Industry by providing technical expertise, business support, funding, training and promoting responsible environmental practice. SFPA and BIM collaborate on many different aspects that affect the fishing industry including the management of inshore fisheries, Industry training, aquaculture, fishing gear technology and fisheries statistics.

 Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) is charged with ensuring the protection and conservation of fisheries resources in inland waters, and sea angling. The IFI and the SFPA cooperate with view to overall efficiency of state inspection services, and specifically in the area of inshore fisheries control operations.

 The SFPA works closely with a number of International Partners including European Institutions and their Agencies that have key roles in Sea Fisheries and Seafood Safety.

 The Directorate General for Health and Consumers (DG SANCO) is the Commission

department with responsibility to ensure that food and consumer goods sold in the EU are safe. Its Food and Veterinary Office (FVO) has responsibility to audit the competent authorities of EU MS and third countries to ensure necessary control systems are in place to verify compliance with EU food safety legislation. Its work involves support from other agencies including the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) with a key role in risk assessment regarding food and feed safety.

 Directorate General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG MARE) is the Commission department responsible for the implementation of the CFP and of the Integrated Maritime Policy. In this role DG MARE participates with the MS in a number of key international fisheries management structures including the North East Atlantic Fisheries Commission (NEAFC), the International Commission for Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) and the European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA).

 

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