Wednesday, 24 March 2021

Questions (279)

Mick Barry


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.