The SFPA recognises Ireland’s important position as custodian of some of the largest and richest fishing waters within the European Union. The application of sea-fisheries conservation law is done to protect fish stocks and seek to avoid financial penalties being imposed on the State, and thereby the taxpayer, by the European Commission. Through promotion and compliance, the work of the Authority is directed towards leveling the competitive playing field by ensuring common standard of fisheries and food safety lay. But at times, it necessary to take enforcement action in the form of legal cases, in order to protect seafood safety and fisheries sustainability.
Information on enforcement action in previous years is available in our Annual Reports.