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Dáil Éireann debate -
Wednesday, 10 May 2000

Vol. 518 No. 6

Written Answers. - Fisheries Protection.

Michael Finucane


110 Mr. Finucane asked the Minister for the Marine and Natural Resources the number of fishing vessels boarded by the Naval Service during the period 1 January 2000 to 31 March 2000; the number of vessels detained; the nationalities of these vessels; the offences involved; and the consequential penalties. [12908/00]

During the period from 1 January 2000 to 31 March 2000, 269 fishing vessels were boarded by the Naval Service. Eleven vessels were detained in that period, four were Irish registered, three were registered in the United Kingdom and one each in Belgium, France, Germany and Norway.

The offences for which these vessels were detained included logbook infringements, under-recording of catch, illegal fishing, failure to carry on board up to date capacity plans, illegal nets, failure to carry on board a valid sea fishing licence, failure to transmit effort reports, exceeding quotas and illegal marking of buoys.

Two of the vessels detained were issued with official warnings and one was released without charge. Penalties ranging from £250 to £26,000 and amounting to £50,490 in total, were imposed in respect of six cases which have come before the courts. Court proceedings are still pending in two cases.