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Monday, April 27, 2015/Number of views (1854)

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...

SFPA welcomes court ruling
Monday, March 30, 2015/Number of views (1618)

The Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA) welcomes the ruling on Friday, 27th March 2015, by Donegal Circuit Court in relation to the Annelies Ilena.  Mr Gerrit Plug, Master of the Dutch registered fishing vessel, the Annelies Ilena was fined a total of €105,000 – the maximum fine permitted - having been found guilty of three charges¹ including discarding of fish subject to quota and failing to record discarded fish...




The SFPA complete further inspections of two British trawlers
Wednesday, March 04, 2015/Number of views (1503)

The Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA) completed further inspections of two British registered trawlers on the morning of the 12th February 2015 in Cobh following their detention by the LÉ Samuel Beckett. Both vessels have been handed over to the Gardaí pending further legal action. The trawlers were detained for alleged breaches of EU fishery regulations approximately 30 miles west of the Blasket Islands on the evening of the 11th February, in a joint operation between the SFPA and the Naval Service. SFPA inspectors joined their Naval Service colleagues and carried out joint inspections of both vessels. The trawlers were targeting pelagic fish, primarily mackerel.

Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority Highlights the Importance of Compliance within the Whelk Fishery
Wednesday, May 21, 2014/Number of views (3810)

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 whelk rarely makes an appearance on Irish menus. Even though whelk is not consumed often in Ireland, this large sea snail is highly prized in the Far East including: South Korea, Hong Kong, Japan, China and Singapore. Whelk represents one of Ireland’s most economically important and voluminous inshore landings. This whelk fishery is therefore extremely important to smaller inshore vessels. However, whelks are particularly susceptible to over exploitation – whelk remain in one location and therefore overfishing can mean less juvenile recruitment. This has lead to a collapse in the Irish whelk population in the past. The Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA) want to ensure there are jobs into the future in whelk fisheries and there is a sustainable fishery...


Fisherman Fined for Illegal Fishing Activity
Wednesday, April 02, 2014/Number of views (3064)

Following a conviction at Tralee Circuit Court, on Tuesday 1st April, the Master of an Irish registered fishing vessel was fined a total of €5,000 and forfeited a further €12,994 to cover the value of his catch and fishing gear. The Master of the fishing vessel pleaded guilty to logbook infringements which included the under-recording of hake in the vessel’s EU logbook. The case arose during the course of a routine inspection of the vessel on the 23rd May 2012, at Dingle Harbour, Co Kerry, by Sea-Fisheries Protection Officers of the Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA)...

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