Enforcement Actions

The SFPA promote compliance of the law and work with industry to help improve compliance and promote a sustainable fishery.  Fisheries law is designed to protect the industry, jobs, coastal communities and fish stocks for the future.  However, from time to time, the Sea Fisheries Protection Officers will detect an infringement of the law, which must be enforced.  Details of enforcement actions taken by the SFPA will be posted on this page. Please check back regularly for updates.


The SFPA are still collating figures for 2019.  Please check back for updates.


In 2018, 61 sea-fisheries case files were initiated, including 10 detentions.  There were 4 sea-fisheries and 3 food safety case files that ended in successful prosecutions during 2018. There were High Court Judgements in favour of the Department and the SFPA with regard to an injunction and judicial review taken by individuals regarding Function Unit 16 (FU16) prawn fishing that took place in 2017.

There was a substantial review of unclosed cases files and progress towards a protocol with the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

Further details of the 61 cases are available in the SFPA Annual  Report for 2018 (page 60).


During 2017, a total of 34 separate files were initiated in the Irish Jurisdiction by the SFPA and the Naval Service by way of direct enforcement. Of the 34 incidents a total of 54 separate infringements were investigated. Of the files commenced 28 were in relation to Irish fishing vessels, 3 were unregistered vessels and the remaining 3 files related to UK registered vessels. Of the 54 separate infringements investigated, 6 incidents were initiated by the Naval Service and the balance were discovered and investigated by the Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority.