Wednesday, 13 May 2020
Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine
903. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if the Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority, SFPA, inspections on the fishing fleet will be examined in view of the SFPA report, which states 83% of Irish boats were inspected compared to 4% of Spanish boats; and the reason for the perceived ongoing policy by the SFPA to inspect more Irish fishing boats than foreign-owned boats. [4058/20]
The monitoring and control of fishing vessels within Ireland’s Exclusive Fisheries Zone are law enforcement matters for the Irish control authorities. Under the Sea Fisheries and Maritime Jurisdiction Act, 2006, all operational issues of this nature concerning law enforcement of sea fisheries law are, as a matter of Statute law, exclusively for the Sea Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA) and the Naval Service. I am expressly precluded from getting involved in operational law enforcement matters such as this.
I have referred the Deputy's request to the Sea Fisheries Protection Authority for attention and direct reply.