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Sea Fisheries Protection Authority News
The Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority was established on the 1st of January 2007. The SFPA is independent in the exercise of its functions. Its principal function is to secure efficient and effective enforcement of sea-fisheries law and food safety law
The Minister for Agriculture Food and the Marine Charlie McConalogue has announced the appointment of Mr Michael Finn and Mr Jonathan Hoare as Executive Members of the Sea Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA). The appointments follow the recent Public Appointments Service…
The Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA) says it looks forward to “continued and ongoing engagement” with Irish environmental non-governmental organisations (NGOs), following a meeting with representatives last week. A range of issues related to “safeguarding and enhancing Ireland’s marine environment and…
The Sea Fisheries Protection Authority has decided that Irish pelagic vessels involved in pair fishing must submit individual authorisation applications “with immediate effect”. Pair trawling or fishing involves two or more vessels fishing together, dragging a single large net with…
SFPA executive chair Paschal Hayes, with Tara Chamberlain, the Marine Institute’s Phytoplankton Laboratory Analyst at Roaringwater Bay, West Cork, to mark the SFPA’s publication of the 2022/23 list of Classified Shellfish (Bivalve Mollusc) Production Areas in Ireland
The Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA) has published its annual classification list for commercial shellfish (bivalve mollusc) production areas across Ireland. This assesses 135 classifications in 60 production areas against strict safety requirements for human consumption. Across Ireland, nine production areas…
Recreational fishers are urged to comply with regulations on catch, sale and purchase of crabs and lobsters, the Sea Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA) has said. The authority said it is also calling on all who purchase fish - and in…
Sea Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA) executive chair Paschal Hayes
The Sea Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA) was asked to explain why it couldn’t sort out the fish landings row in Killybegs, Co Donegal, at an Oireachtas committee meeting on Wednesday. “You’ve really significant powers, you’ve attained oversight of the factories…
Minister for Marine Charlie McConalogue - asked to play
The Sea Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA) has confirmed that it has withdrawn permits for two fish processors in the continuing row over weighing of pelagic landings. The SFPA also says it will “not accept the misuse” of the weigh after…
The Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA) says it will continue to engage with fishing industry representatives after an online meeting was held yesterday in relation to the row over fish landings. The row erupted last month after Danish vessel Ruth headed…
As the row over inspection of fish landings continues, the Sea Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA) invited industry representatives to a virtual meeting on the issue. Irish Fish Processors’ and Exporters’ Association (IFPEA) chief executive Brendan Byrne confirmed that an invitation…
The Sea Fisheries Protection Authority has acknowledged that the Master of the Danish Fishing Vessel MV Ruth objected to the SFPA's process for weighing upon landing, at Killybegs in County Donegal on Thursday, March 31st. In a statement, the Authority…
The Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA) says a new control plan is expected to come into effect on May 1st. This is subject to approval by the European Commission, which withdrew Ireland’s control plan for weighing fish catches a year ago…
The Sea Fisheries Protection Authority’s executive chair has said that the organisation is “committed” to detecting those who “choose not to comply” with the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). The new chair Paschal Hayes was commenting after fines were imposed by…
The survey found that most regular consumers of fish (82%), especially in coastal regions, are willing to change their buying habits to reduce their impact on marine resources
Some 87 per cent of regular seafood eaters like to know their fish was caught sustainably, a survey by the Sea Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA) has found. While quality is the main priority of Irish consumers (96%), knowing fish and…
Staff with the State’s Sea Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA) have served notice of a 24-hour work stoppage this week with further strike action to follow. Barring last minute efforts to resolve issues, the move is expected to cause disruption in…
Paschal Hayes has been appointed as Executive Chair of Sea Fisheries Protection Authority
Minister for the Marine Charlie McConalogue has announced the appointment of Paschal Hayes as executive chair and member of the Sea Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA). The appointment follows the recent Public Appointments Service (PAS) open recruitment process, the minister said.…
An EU Interim Fisheries Control Plan covers the spring pelagic fishery season
The Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA) says that a control plan for Irish fisheries management has been approved by the European Commission for the first four months of next year. In a statement issued today, the SFPA said the plan has…

About the Sea Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA)

The Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority was established on the 1st of January 2007. The SFPA is independent in the exercise of its functions, which are below.

The principal functions of the Authority are:

  1. To secure efficient and effective enforcement of sea-fisheries law and food safety law
  2. To promote compliance with & deter contraventions of sea-fisheries law and food safety law
  3. To detect contraventions of sea-fisheries law and food safety law
  4. To provide information to the sea-fisheries and seafood sectors on sea-fisheries law and food safety law and relevant matters within the remit of the Authority, through the Consultative Committee established under section 48 of the above Act or by any other means it considers appropriate
  5. To advise the Minister in relation to policy on effective implementation of sea-fisheries law and food safety law
  6. To provide assistance and information to the Minister in relation to the remit of the Authority
  7. To collect and report data in relation to sea fisheries and food safety as required by the Minister and under Community law
  8. To represent or assist in the representation of the State at national, Community and international fora as requested by the Minister, and
  9. To engage in any other activities relating to the functions of the Authority as may be approved of by the Minister.