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SFPA welcomes court ruling on fisheries offences
Wednesday, July 22, 2015/Number of views (1535)

The Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA) welcomes the ruling yesterday, by Letterkenny Circuit Court in relation to a case involving fisheries offences. Mr Jonathan Kenny, Master of the Irish registered fishing vessel, the Saltees Quest entered a guilty plea to three fisheries offences. He was fined a total of €3,000 and ordered to forfeit fishing gear to the value of €7,000. The offences included: failing to facilitate an inspection and examination of the vessel by Sea-Fisheries Protection Officers (SFPOs) of the SFPA; fishing in an area using Beam Trawls with a 80mm mesh size in contravention of the vessel’s Cod Recovery Authorisation and fishing for sea fish without having a Stowage plan for monkfish retained on board..

Shellfish Warning for Food Businesses
Thursday, July 09, 2015/Number of views (2630)

The Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA) together with the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI), today reminded food businesses, in particular in Cork city and surrounding areas, to only purchase live bivalve molluscs (LBM), such as mussels, from suppliers that are approved by the SFPA to place live shellfish on the market for human consumption. This advice follows the seizure by SFPA Sea-Fisheries Protection Officers of five tonnes of mussels which had been harvested illegally in the East Ferry area of Cork Harbour. This area is currently closed (since 23rd June 2015) for the harvesting of mussels due to the presence of Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) toxins, which can cause serious illness...

SFPA welcomes court ruling on fisheries offences
Tuesday, June 23, 2015/Number of views (1472)

The Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA) welcomed the verdict on the 18th June 2015, by a jury at Cork Circuit Court in relation to a case involving a single fisheries offence.  Mr Klas Meijvogel, a Dutch National and Master of the Wiron 5, a UK registered pelagic freezer vessel, was found guilty of having automatic grading  equipment on board which was fitted in a way that did not ensure the immediate freezing of graded fish and did not prevent the return of marine organisms to the sea¹. The sentencing of the Master will take place on 27th July. The penalty for this offence is a fine of up to €80,000 and the forfeiture of the catch and gear of the vessel...

SFPA inshore patrols target illegal fishing
Tuesday, June 16, 2015/Number of views (1537)

Over 100 inshore inspections have been completed since the Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA) recommenced their seasonal inshore patrols last month across the south, west and north west coasts with the support of the Naval Service and Air Corps as well Inland Fisheries Ireland. The patrols are part of a range of conservation measures to help protect the long term sustainability of Ireland’s valuable crab, lobster and whelk fisheries...

Monday, April 27, 2015/Number of views (1801)

The Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA) reported on the 24th April 2015 that points have been assigned to the licence holders of three Irish vessels involved in serious infringements of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) in the 15 months since the new points system¹ was introduced in January 2014. One vessel was suspended from fishing for a defined period as a result².  The new system followed on from EU legislation which required the introduction of a points' scheme for serious infringements in every Member State as part of measures to ensure a level playing field for fishers across the community...

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