Thursday, 8 October 2020

Ceisteanna (319)

Pádraig MacLochlainn


319. Deputy Pádraig Mac Lochlainn asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the status of the organisational review of the Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority that was carried out and his plans to implement the recommendations. [29274/20]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Agriculture)

An independent review of the Organisational Capability of the SFPA was commissioned in 2019 and completed by Price Waterhouse Coopers. The principal objective of the review was to contribute to the ongoing and future development of the organisation. A Steering & Oversight Group comprised of three senior and expert persons, all independent of SFPA, was put in place to oversee the review. The areas covered by the review are the organisational capabilities of the SFPA to deliver on its mission for the effective and fair regulation of the sea fishing and seafood sectors that fall within its mandate.

The Review was completed in April 2020. The Review made 46 recommendations which, when implemented, will address issues identified to improve the effectiveness of the organisation. An independent Advisory Board, nominated by my Department will assist the management of the SFPA in the implementation of the Report. This Board is purely advisory and does not have any executive role in the operations of the organisation.

I look forward to the effective and efficient implementation of the recommendations of the review over the coming period.