The main purpose of the proposed legislative amendments is to provide for a points system for masters of fishing vessels for serious infringements of the rules of the Common Fisheries Policy, as required by Council Regulation (EC) No 1224/2009. The draft amending legislation would resolve some typographical errors in the Principal Act of 2006 and introduce other miscellaneous and technical amendments.
My Department has been in consultation with the Office of the Attorney General on certain matters pertaining to the proposed amendments. Legal advice from that Office was recently received in this regard and is under consideration at present.
Once these matters have been finalised, it is intended to submit a Memorandum to Government seeking approval for the drafting of a Bill along the lines of the General Scheme, and forwarding the General Scheme for consideration to the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine in the context of Pre-legislative Scrutiny prior to its submission to the Office of the Parliamentary Counsel for drafting.