Thursday, 1 October 2020

Questions (402, 403)

Johnny Mythen

Question:

402. Deputy Johnny Mythen asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of non-registered Irish boats that were inspected by the SFPA within the past four years; and the number that received penalty points under the points system regulation SI 318 of 2020. [28004/20]

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Johnny Mythen

Question:

403. Deputy Johnny Mythen asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of Irish-registered boats that were inspected by the SFPA; and the number that received penalty points under the points system regulation SI 318 of 2020. [28005/20]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 402 and 403 together.

I should advise the Deputy that 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 issues of this nature are exclusively for the Sea Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA) and the Naval Service. I am expressly precluded from getting involved in operational matters such as those referred to by the Deputy.

Accordingly, I have referred the Deputy's requests to the SFPA for attention and direct reply.