Written Answers. - Illegal Fishing.

Alan Shatter

Question:

34 Mr. Shatter asked the Minister for the Marine and Natural Resources the number of foreign ships brought to port by the Naval Service in 1999, 2000 and during the course of 2001 for alleged illegal fishing operations; the ships seized and their nationality; and the prosecutions which have as a consequence been instituted. [13839/01]

A total of 44 foreign vessels were detained by the Naval Service for suspected fisheries offences in the period from the beginning of 1999 to end May 2001, resulting in 32 prosecutions. The nationality of these vessels is contained in the following tables:

Nationality

Detained

Prosecuted

1999

British

7

6

Norwegian

3

3

French

6

3

Belgian

2

2

Spanish

2

2

Nationality

Detained

Prosecuted

2000

British

6

4

Norwegian

2

1

French

4

3

Belgian

3

3

Spanish

5

3

German

1

0

2001 to 31 May

British

1

1

Spanish

1

1

German

1

0