Thursday, 17 December 2020
Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine
663. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the reason mussels and salmon landed in ports are not included in Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority, SFPA, landing figures; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44566/20]
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 matters are exclusively the responsibility of the Sea Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA) and the Naval Service. Under the Act, I am expressly precluded from getting involved in operational matters in relation to sea fisheries control.
The information requested by the Deputy comes within the remit of the SFPA and I have referred the query to them for direct written response to the Deputy.