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Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority highlights adverse affects of declawing Irish Brown Crab
Tuesday, March 04, 2014/Number of views (3480)

The fishery for brown crab is one of the most valuable in Ireland - in the region of 6,000 tonnes of edible brown crab is landed by Irish fishermen each year with a value of over €8 million. Declawing of Irish Brown Crab at sea will impact this fishery. It is the responsibility of every crab fisherman in Ireland to ensure the sustainability of this fishery and to work with the Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA) to ensure stocks are maintained. As the Competent Authority for the enforcement of sea-fisheries law and food safety law in the seafood sector, the SFPA works to ensure the sustainability of these stocks and also to promote food safety in the seafood sector.

Spanish Fisherman Fined for Illegal Fishing Activity
Friday, February 28, 2014/Number of views (2118)

Following a conviction at Cork Circuit Court, today, Friday 28th February, the Master of a Spanish fishing vessel was fined a total of €2,500 and forfeited €80,000, being the assessed value of his catch and a further €12,500 for the fishing gear onboard. Jesus Ramon Rea Rosales, Master of the fishing vessel Armaven Dos, pleaded guilty to the under-recording of monkfish in the vessel’s EU logbook. The case arose during the course of a routine inspection of the Armaven Dos on the 5th August 2013, at Castletownbere, Co Cork, by Sea-Fisheries Protection Officers of the Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA).

Point System to Deter Serious Fisheries Infringements
Thursday, January 23, 2014/Number of views (3123)

Ireland now has in place a system to apply points to the license of fishing vessels involved in serious fishery offences. Irish legislation, bringing into effect Ireland’s points system for serious infringements of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), as required by EU regulation, was signed into law by Simon Coveney, TD, Minister for Agriculture, Food & the Marine on the 8th January 2014. The point’s scheme is separate from other potential sanctions for serious infringements including, for example, a court prosecution.

SFPA identifies further apparently illegal fishing at Kilmore Quay
Friday, November 29, 2013/Number of views (2196)

The Sea Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA) today confirmed that it has earlier this week detected unrecorded over quota monkfish on a vessel at Kilmore Quay. The fishing vessel is one of a fleet that had provided affidavit to the SFPA to comply with regulations and fishing quotas last week and was permitted to return to sea on this basis.  Non-recording of catches retained on board and landing of fish over quota is a serious infringement and SFPA is now preparing a case file detailing this landing for submission to the DPP.

The SFPA states that the vessel’s log recorded a monkfish as discarded at sea, but upon inspection the fish were present in the hold, boxed and iced as would be normal for catches to be subsequently sold as food.

According to Micheál O’Mahony, Authority Member with SFPA this vessel was one of the fleet of vessels which SFPA had recently directed to port due to repeated serious apparent infringements.

“Following discussions with the vessel owner and written affidavit from them last week assuring us that its fleet would be compliant with the regulations, the vessels were permitted back to sea. This is one of the first sailings by the vessel since our agreement. Non-recording of catches retained on board and landing of fish over quota is a serious infringement of the law. It is highly disappointing that following assurances by the vessel owners they would abide by the law of this country – one of their vessels almost immediately continues to flout the law and proceed to illegally fish above the quota. 

“Our previous direction of these vessels to port was unprecedented at the time, and we provided permission to the company to return fishing based upon an objective to work with this fishing company and seek a resolution to the issue.  We had accepted their assurances as honest and true, but we now need to consider how we discharge our obligation to protect Irelands national resource and the interests of compliant fishermenwhen infringements continue to be detected with such frequency.”

The work of the SFPA supports the livelihoods of some 7,000 Irish fishing industry workers the vast majority of whom operate within the requirements of the EU Common Fisheries Policy.  SFPA’s role helps to ensure that national quotas are fairly and continually sustainably managed.

The SFPA stressed the importance of compliance with the quota management system to continue to provide equality and fairness in allocating national quotas amongst Irish fishermen. Monthly quota limits for fishing vessels are decided following full consultation between the industry and the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.



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Siobhan Molloy              &

Fishermen’s Obligations at Sea
Tuesday, October 22, 2013/Number of views (5411)

The Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA) would like to remind Masters of fishing vessels of their obligation to provide a safe boarding ladder for Sea-Fisheries Protection Officers (SFPOs) while boarding vessels for inspection purposes. The SFPA have recently reported cases of obstruction including failure to provide a boarding ladder or provision of a faulty boarding ladder. Undertaking vessel inspections at sea can be extremely hazardous. The absence of a boarding ladder or the provision of a faulty or dangerous ladder represents a serious risk to the life and safety of SFPOs undertaking this work.

Fishermen are required to facilitate inspection by having a boarding ladder that complies with Fisheries Control regulation. SFPOs are required to assess the risk of boarding a vessel before attempting to board and this may require them asking the Master of the vessel to provide a safe boarding ladder. SFPOs will only board a vessel when they consider it safe to do so.

Susan Steele, Chair of the SFPA said: ‘Safety is of paramount importance to our staff during inspections. Masters must provide all assistance to ensure the safety of the Sea-Fisheries Protection Officers and the safe operation of the vessel during the inspection which according to Regulation includes the provision of a safe boarding ladder.”



For further press information, please contact Eleanor Buckley, Communications Manager, Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority on 023 88593 46/ 087 920 3658 or email


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