Wednesday, 24 March 2021

Questions (279)

Mick Barry

Question:

279. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for Transport the number of unannounced inspections of Irish fishing vessels the Marine Survey Office surveyors have made annually since 1 January 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14267/21]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

The Marine Survey Office (MSO) of my Department has in place a programme of survey and inspections for fishing vessels which includes both unannounced and announced inspections. In relation to unannounced inspections, these may be carried out following receipt of a complaint or after an incident involving a vessel etc. In 2018, the MSO carried out 12 unannounced fishing vessel inspections. In 2019, 40 such inspections were carried out. In 2020, 19 such inspections were carried out. 7 such inspections have been carried out by the MSO so far during 2021.