Written answers

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Department of Agriculture, Marine and Food

Harbour Services

10:00 pm

Photo of Brendan GriffinBrendan Griffin (Kerry South, Fine Gael)
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Question 424: To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food the reason a person (details supplied) in County Kerry is being charged berthage fees in respect of a licensed vessel while it awaits code of practice clearance; if these charges will be waived in view of the circumstances; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20792/11]

Photo of Simon CoveneySimon Coveney (Minister, Department of Agriculture, the Marine and Food; Cork South Central, Fine Gael)
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Charges for use of facilities and services at the six Fishery Harbour Centres are levied in accordance with the Fishery Harbour Centres (Rates & Charges) Order 2003 (S.I. No. 439 of 2003). Charge Number 7, Schedule 1 of the order details the charges to be imposed in respect of the use of a Fishery Harbour Centre by vessels not registered or not licensed.

The vessel referred to by the Deputy has been unlicensed since 1 October 2010 and the appropriate charges as set in the Fishery Harbour Centres (Rates & Charges) Order 2003 have been applied. The relevant Statutory Instrument contains no provision for the waiving of these charges.

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