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Egyptian Fisherman Charged As State Taskforce Begins Probe Into Fishing Fleet Exploitation Claims

5th November 2015

#Fishing - An Egyptian fisherman was arrested in Union Hall yesterday (Wednesday 4 November) for failing to produce valid work documentation.

As The Irish Times reports, the news comes as the Government's new interdepartmental taskforce begins its investigation of issues raised by this week's claims of exploitation in the Irish fishing industry.

The fisherman in question was one of two Egyptian nationals questioned by gardaí in the West Cork fishing port yesterday as the Marine Survey Office was carrying out a safety inspection of their Irish-registered trawler.

He has been charged with an offence under the Immigration Act and was scheduled to appear before Bandon District Court today (Thursday 5 November) – the same day as the first scheduled meeting of the Government taskforce to decide on a "co-ordinated and effective cross-Government approach" to the treatment of workers across the Irish fishing fleet.

Meanwhile, the Migrant Rights Centre Ireland (MRCI) has called on Marine Minister Simon Coveney to declare an amnesty for undocumented workers on Irish prawn and whitefish boats "as a matter of urgency".

Yesterday a number of leading fishing industry figures hit out at the Guardian's report on exploitation in the Irish fleet, which highlighted the plight of a number of migrant fishermen who have made allegations of illegal fishing practices, breaches of safety regulations and trafficking of undocumented workers, among other issues.

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