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Penalty points for alleged fishing infringements to be enshrined in State law

The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine has told Inshore Ireland that based on advice from the Attorney General, it would not be possible to deliver on an ‘effective and dissuasive points system consistent with the requirements of the EU Regulation’ by making the assignment of points dependent on the Court prosecution process.

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DAFM added it had hoped that subject to addressing some important and administrative issues, ‘Ireland could move towards a system of sequential application of EU points’ in conjunction with the prosecution process’.

At a parliamentary party meeting, Donegal Fianna Fáil deputy, Pat the Cope Gallagher, publically questioned the intention of Michael Creed, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, to introduce the SI “despite assurances given last year that such a system would not be implemented.

 “It now transpires that the Minister is about to give effect to such a system and will not take into account the innocence or otherwise of the fishermen. Such is the bluntness of the proposed legislation.”

Maritime solicitor Dermot Conway described the pending SI as "astounding".

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2017 Marine Institute Annual Stock Book

Minister Michael Creed accepts a copy of the 2017 Stock Book from Dr Peter Heffernan CEO; John Kileen, chairman and Paul Connolly, Director of Fisheries Ecosystem Advisory Services, Marine Institute 

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Read more: Marine Institute delivers the 2017 Stock Book

Sequential application of penalty points for fishing infringements ‘not possible’ says marine department

The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine has told Inshore Ireland that based on advice from the Attorney General, 'it would not be possible to deliver on an effective and dissuasive points system consistent with the requirements of the EU Regulation’ by making the assignment of points dependent on the Court prosecution process.

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DAFM added it had hoped that subject to addressing some important and administrative issues, ‘Ireland could move towards a system of sequential application of EU points’ in conjunction with the prosecution process’.

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Seán O’Donoghue along with Francis O’Donnell (Irish Fish Producer’s Organisation); Hugo Boyle (Irish South & East Fish Producer’s Organisation); Jim O’Toole and Kieran Calnan (Bord Iascaigh Mhara) and Matthew Clarke (Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine) in the company of industry figures from across the EU at the signing of the Santiago de Compostela declaration

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Niall Connolly, MFV Patrick C, Clogherhead Co-op, certified RSS member

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