Tuesday, 27 January 2004

Questions (482)

Martin Ferris


597 Mr. Ferris asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources the number of times the Atlantic Dawn has been inspected by Irish fishery inspectors. [1531/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources)

The fishing vessel the Atlantic Dawn and its fishing activities are subject to fisheries control in line with all other Irish and non-Irish fishing vessels. As this fishing vessel conducts its landings in ports outside Ireland it has not been subject to inspection by Irish fishery officers. However, the fishing vessels' activities are subject to continuous monitoring via satellite monitoring systems, VMS, at the fisheries monitoring centre at Haulbowline. This VMS data is verified to ensure the fishing vessel's compliance with both national and European fishing regulations. In addition, the Irish authorities are kept informed of the outcome of controls carried out in other member states by the control authorities in those member states.