Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Questions (473)

Noel Harrington

Question:

473. Deputy Noel Harrington asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the total allowable catch of all species allocated to a fishing vessel (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12050/14]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

The allocation and authorisation of fishing opportunities to the named vessel are made by the Lithuanian authorities and details of allocations to non Irish fishing vessels is not a matter for my Department. The fishing opportunities available to Lithuanian vessels, including within the Irish Exclusive Economic Zone for 2014 are set out in Council Regulation (EU) 43/2014 dated 20 January 2014 on a stock by stock basis. In addition to the fishing opportunities allocated in the Regulation, Lithuania may exchange quota with another Member State under the normal arrangements for exchanging quotas.

Control of the vessel within Ireland’s Exclusive Fisheries Zone is a matter for the Irish control authorities. Under the Sea Fisheries and Maritime Jurisdiction Act, 2006, operational matters concerning sea fisheries control are a matter for the Sea Fisheries Protection Authority and the Naval Service, which is independent under the Act in the carrying out of these functions.