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SFPA Confirms Conviction and Penalty Imposed on Fishing Vessel for Mis-Recording of Catches

5th July 2023

The Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA) has confirmed that a case brought against the master of a fishing vessel for under-recording of catches has resulted in a conviction and fine.

James Devlin, of Kilmore Quay, Co Wexford, pleaded guilty at Wexford Circuit Court to the under-recording of monkfish, the SFPA says.

It says this was detected during a joint Naval Service and SFPA inspection in November 2021, when the over-recording of catches of megrim was also detected.

The sea inspection of the vessel was undertaken by Naval Service officers attached to the L.É. William Butler Yeats.

The SFPA then conducted a check of the catch on landing which disclosed the under-recording of monkfish by 62 boxes (2,056 kgs) and the over-recording of megrim by 51 boxes (or 1,454 kgs).

The sentencing was heard at Wexford Circuit Court on Friday, June 30th, where the court found the activity was “an intentional act of deception” and that the under-recording of monkfish was by a “significant quantity”, the SFPA says.

The court imposed a fine of €2,500.

Published in SFPA, Fishing Team

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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.