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Clonakilty Shelfish Information Event cancelled
Tuesday, October 17, 2017/Number of views (989)

The Shellfish Information Event scheduled for Clonakilty on Wednesday October 18th has been cancelled until further notice due to travel concerns in the aftermath of Storm Ophelia.

Shellfish Regional Information Events 2017
Friday, September 22, 2017/Number of views (1219)

The Shellfish Regional Information Events will be held around the coast again in October and November. These events are run by the FSAI with the assistance of the SFPA, the MI and BIM. The events  are an important opportunity for samplers, the shellfish industry and others involved in ensuring shellfish safety to hear about the latest updates and discuss issues with the agencies involved in the Shellfish Monitoring Programme. Registration for the events will be through the FSAI website

The presentations will cover a range of topics of interest to shellfish operators such as biotoxin sampling and reporting, microbiological classification, new legislation, Food Safety Management Systems, food incidents, new risks and exports.

All events will start with registration and refreshments at 9am.

The event will conclude with a light lunch at 1pm

To register for one of these free half day events please go to the FSAI website:

Or phone Lorna Tallon on 01 – 8171398.




Registration  Time



18th Oct



SFPA Offices Clonakilty

Donegal Town

24th Oct



Mill Park Hotel


25th Oct



Clayton Hotel

Dublin 2nd Nov Thurs 9am Clarion Hotel, Liffey Valley

SFPA co-hosts international conference on molluscan shellfish safety
Monday, May 22, 2017/Number of views (1333)


Clonakilty, 16th May 2017             More than 200 international delegates are attending the 11th International Conference on Molluscan Shellfish Safety (ICMSS) taking place this week at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Co-hosted by the SFPA, the Marine Institute, Bord Iascaigh Mhara, the Food Safety Authority of Ireland, the Irish Shellfish Association and NUI Galway, the ICMSS is the only international conference that focuses specifically on molluscan shellfish safety. Previously the conference has taken place in New Zealand, Canada, France, Spain, Australia, USA, and Chile.


The event brings together food safety professionals, scientists, regulators and industry experts to exchange ideas, information and the latest research findings, and also offers the opportunity for delegates to review the current and future prospects in molluscan shellfish safety.


Public health specialist Dorothy-Jean McCoubrey, who has more than 30 years of experience in regulatory roles in New Zealand, is the keynote speaker.   Other speakers during the five-day event include Jim Oliver, Bonnie Cone Distinguished Professor and Professor of Microbiology at the University of North Carolina Charlotte (USA) and Andrew Turner, Principle Chemist at Cefas Weymouth Food Safety Group (UK). In addition, the ICMSS will include a series of workshops on Friday 19 May that explore new technologies and regulatory matters in food safety.


On Thursday, the SFPA will present the Donal O’Callaghan memorial award for the best poster displayed at the event, in memory of the late Director of Food Safety who died suddenly last year.





Donegal Fish Processor gets six-month suspended prison sentence. Fined €45,000 for tampering with weighing scales
Thursday, March 30, 2017/Number of views (2238)

30th March 2017 A Donegal fish processing plant and a company director have been fined €45,000 in total for tampering with weighing scales used to measure incoming fish catches. This follows a joint investigation carried out by NSAI (National Standards Authority of Ireland) and the Sea Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA).


Norfish Ltd, based in Killybegs, and director Tony Byrne, were handed down the sentence yesterday at Donegal Circuit Court. Mr. Byrne was given a six-month suspended prison sentence and ordered to pay €10,000 to a local hospice in Killybegs, and a further €10,000 to the Donegal Branch of the RNLI. Norfish Ltd was given three months to pay a €25,000 fine.


The inspection carried out by NSAI’s Legal Metrology division followed an alert from the Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority, which had uncovered non-compliance during an unannounced inspection. The SFPA noticed that fish were being carried along a conveyor belt and over the flow scales, but were not being weighed. The SFPA withdrew Norfish Ltd’s permit to weigh on site at this time and Legal Metrology conducted an inspection under Metrology Legislation on the 4th of December, 2013. It found that an electrical switch had been fitted to the company’s flow scales used to weigh incoming fish catches. This switch could be used to turn off the scales, allowing the fish to pass over without being weighed. Tampering with measuring instruments used in trade and rendering them inaccurate as a result is an offence under the Legal Metrology Act 1996.


Susan Steele, Chair, SFPA said the verdict is an important outcome for the fishing industry. “Mis-weighing distorts the declaration of catches and undermines the accuracy of data on stocks used by scientists to determine quotas and could affect the long term sustainability of our valuable fisheries and the coastal communities that rely on them.”


“Breaches such as these also threaten the continuation of in-factory weighing for the entire industry, which is permitted under a special exemption negotiated with the SFPA.  This facility can continue only while the accuracy and correct use of those weighing systems is guaranteed,” she added.


EU fishery regulations require all fishery produ

SFPA Host Information Event for the Fishing Industry
Tuesday, February 28, 2017/Number of views (1413)

March 2017 The Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA), the independent regulator for the sea-fishing and seafood sectors, is hosting a special Fishing Industry Information Breakfast for fishermen, processors and shellfish producers based in the north west on Wednesday 29th March 2017 as part of a series of  information events being held around the country. Inspection requirements, landing obligations and technical measures are among the many topics that will be covered at the event, which is free to attend. 

The SFPA will be joined by representatives from a wide range of organisations including: the Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine; Air Corps; BIM; FSAI; Marine Institute; Naval Service; Inland Fisheries Ireland; the National Parks & Wildlife Service; WRC; Loughs Agency; Revenue and Customs amongst others. They will provide information and help with queries on the latest developments and regulations as well as day to day matters relating to the industry including quota management, food safety and trade.

The SFPA Information Breakfast is taking place on Wednesday 29th March 2017 from 8am to 12pm at The Abbey Hotel, Donegal Town, Co. DonegalPlaces are limited and anyone interested in attending is asked to register by emailing by Friday 24th March 2017.  

 Susan Steele, Chair, SFPA said: “The SFPA is committed to playing our part in ensuring the Irish fishing industry has a strong future. Advances in technology and production as well as new EU regulations are leading to significant changes in fishing industry practice in Ireland. These events are a one-stop opportunity for fishermen, processors and producers to learn more about these changes and have their queries on these or other important issues relating to the industry answered personally by experts from the relevant organisations.”

Further information:

Vicky Jago, Weber Shandwick,

Tel: 01 679 8600/ 087 636 9724 or email:


Ger McCarthy, Weber Shandwick,

Tel: 01 679 8600/ 086 233 3590 or email:

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