Pictured at Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority’s (SFPA’s) Head Office in Clonakilty on the 20th March, at a meeting between the SFPA and representatives of Environmental NGOs are from left to right: Sarah Buckley, Executive Manager, Food & Fisheries Support, SFPA; Susan Coughlan, Executive Manager, Operations, SFPA; Padraig Whooley; Michael Finn, Senior Executive Manager, Authority Member, SFPA; Paschal Hayes, Executive Chairperson, SFPA; Jonathan Hoare, Senior Executive Manager, Authority Member, SFPA; Bernie Connolly; Pádraic Fogarty; Karin Dubsky; Dolf deHondt; Olive Loughnane, Senior Executive Manager, Director of Transformation, SFPA and Sean Daly, Executive Manager, Operations, SFPA.
The Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA), Ireland’s competent authority for protecting sea-fisheries sustainability and seafood safety, met on the 20th March 2023, with representatives of Irish Environmental NGOs focused on marine sustainability, to discuss a range of issues related to safeguarding and enhancing Ireland’s marine environment and resources.
The meeting is part of an ongoing process of engagement by the SFPA to share best practice, knowledge, and latest developments in relation to strategic initiatives as part of their regulatory remit to ensure compliance with the EU Common Fisheries Policy, sea-fisheries law, and food safety law with all relevant stakeholders.
During a wide-ranging and productive meeting, the SFPA updated on its regulatory remit and the various strands of Irish and European legislation covering the sector. Discussions focused on the new Sea-Fisheries Control Plan, the potential for Remote Electronic Monitoring, the Shellfish Classification Programme and monthly water sampling programmes undertaken with industry.
Paschal Hayes, Executive Chairperson of the SFPA said:
“This meeting was a welcome opportunity for productive dialogue and engagement on a range of issues pertaining to the marine environment and sustainability of our marine resources. As the regulatory body for Ireland’s sea-fisheries and seafood production, our remit is to promote compliance with the EU Common Fisheries Policy, sea-fisheries and food safety law , to ensure the long-term sustainability of this valuable social and economic resource.
To ensure the long-term viability of our marine resources for future generations, a collective approach is required with shared responsibility. We were pleased to have the opportunity to meet with environmental NGOs focused in the marine areas and we look forward to continued and ongoing engagement, underpinned by an unwavering focus on ensuring sustainability and a shared agreement on the value and importance of healthy maritime environments. “