Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Ceisteanna (450)

Éamon Ó Cuív

Ceist:

450. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of boats registered to fishermen whose address is on an offshore island not connected to the mainland by a causeway or bridge by integrals of five metres in length; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20875/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Agriculture)

The Licensing Authority for Sea Fishing Boats is the Registrar General of Fishing Boats, or, under the superintendence of the Registrar General and the Deputy Registrar General of Fishing Boats. The Registrar General and the Deputy Registrar General are appointed by the relevant Minister under the Sea Fisheries and Maritime Jurisdiction Act 2006 (No. 8 of 2006).

All fishing boats within the meaning of the Merchant Shipping (Registry, Lettering and Numbering of Fishing Boats) Regulations, 2005 are required to be entered on the Register of Fishing Boats maintained by the Registrar General in accordance with those Regulations. Only fishing boats licensed in accordance with the Fisheries Amendment Act 2003 (as inserted by Section 97 of the Sea-Fisheries Jurisdiction Act 2006) may be entered on the Register.

An Irish Fleet Register report detailing all currently registered vessels on the Irish Fishing Boat Register is available on the Department’s website and updated reports are posted on the Departments Website on a regular basis.

The following table details the number of boats on the Irish Fleet Register (as at April 2018) registered to an address on an offshore island not connected to the mainland and categorised according to overall length as requested:

Overall Length (in metres)

Polyvalent General

(No. of vessels)

Polyvalent Potting (No. of vessels)

Total

< 5

8

2

10

5 < 10

48

33

81

10 < 15

16

2

18

15 < 20

2

0

2

20 < 25

3

0

3

25 < 30

2

0

2

Total no. of vessels

79

37

116

Of which have an overall length (in metres) <12

Overall Length (in metres)

Polyvalent General

(No. of vessels)

Polyvalent Potting (No. of vessels)

Total

&lt;12

70

37

107

*The following Islands are connected to the mainland and are therefore excluded from the tables: Achill, Dinish, Inch, Iniscuttle, Inishnee, Lettermore, Lettermullen, Mynish, Omey, Ross and Valentia.