Fianna Fáil Seanad Spokesperson on Agriculture, Food and the Marine Brian Ó Domhnaill will this week publish legislation which aims to radically decriminalise minor fishery offences by Irish Sea Fishing Vessels.
The bill Supports Smaller Fishermen by replacing criminal sanctions with administrative sanctions.
Senator Ó Domhnaill said: “Ireland remains the only significant maritime jurisdiction in the European Union that has no administrative penalties – this Bill aims to change that. Irish Fishermen are subject to the third highest level of fines for fishery offences in the EU. When the mandatory forfeiture of catch and gear are factored in, they are in fact, extremely serious penalties for even minor or technical infractions. This Bill aims to bring Irish Sanctions into line with European Union recommendations.”