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The Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA) was established on the 1st of January 2007. The remit of the Authority includes promotion, detection and enforcement of sea-fisheries and seafood safety legislation, regulations, notices and statutory instruments, to protect and conserve fisheries resources for sustainable long-term use.

The Members of the Sea Fisheries Authority have full managerial responsibility for the SFPA organisation and for ensuring delivery of its statutory responsibilities. The Members of the Authority also have a key role in the development of the organisation.

The successful candidate will:

  • Have a proven track record as a strategic leader and a senior manager;
  • Have in depth knowledge and/or experience of working in or with an enforcement or regulatory function;
  • Have proven leadership ability together with the knowledge and experience required to provide leadership within the Authority and the capacity and aptitude to contribute actively as a member of the top management team in providing corporate leadership to the organisation.

Closing Date: 3 pm, Thursday 10th of September 2020

For more information and how to apply, visit here

We are committed to a policy of equal opportunity and encourage applications under all nine grounds of the Employment Equality Act.

Published in News Update
The Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA) has announced that Ireland, United Kingdom, France and Spain will share resources – patrol vessels and personnel, in a continuing effort to monitor trans-boundary fisheries. This further development of international co-operation on fisheries control for 2011 involves one Member State providing an inspection vessel with inspectors from the various other Member States onboard. This allows the inspection vessel to operate across each Member State's European Economic Zone boundaries.

This year Ireland will provide the Naval Vessel LE Aoife which will act as a platform for inspectors from Ireland, United Kingdom, France and Spain to engage in fisheries control. This patrol will take place in May and will operate in the European Economic Zone's of Ireland, United Kingdom, France and Spain.

Historically the control of trans-boundary fishing was a problem as fishing vessels could cross from one jurisdiction to another to avoid inspection. The problem was initially very prevalent in the North Sea and the first proposals for trans-boundary co-operation within the EU were developed there.

The European Commission has formalised the protocols through the introduction of legislation. Ireland, United Kingdom, France and Spain have worked very closely on this protocol. Ireland has shared boundaries for fisheries control with these other Member States.

Peter Whelan, Chairman of the SFPA said: "The SFPA's authorisation of this latest fisheries patrol is aligned with our goal of promoting a level playing field across EU waters. I welcome this initiative which I believe will benefit all fishermen who operate in compliance with the law. As fisheries are a common resource it is vital that all operators from all EU fleets respect the rules. We must rebuild our fish stocks by implementing conservation measures and tackling illegal fishing by fleets in our waters which is a major cause of the decline in our fish stocks and quotas. This initiative will provide an opportunity to stop the cycle of decline which in turn will support the development of a sustainable profitable future for our industry. We will continue to work with the Competent Authorities of other Member States to promote a uniform standard of fisheries control."

Published in Fishing
The Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA) has today (Friday, 11th February 2011) announced the official launch of a partnership with National Learning Network (NLN) at an event in the Radisson Hotel, Dublin. The partnership will see six National Learning Network students accessing work placement programmes at SFPA offices nationwide over the next 12 months.

National Learning Network is the training and employment division of the Rehab Group and many of those participating in the programme would have previously found it difficult to access employment due to accident, illness or disability.The partnership programme, which is already in operation in a number of SFPA offices throughout the country, has enabled National Learning Network students to gain valuable work experience and to avail of a wide range of external training opportunities with the SFPA.
Welcoming the official launch of the partnership, Marie Kelly, Director of Training and Employment Services, Rehab Group, says: "At a time when the economy is in recession, it's very exciting that an organisation such as the SFPA places such an importance on providing opportunities for people who may otherwise find it difficult to secure experience in the workplace.

National Learning Network provides ongoing support to all our students on employer-based training programmes. However, what sets the SFPA apart from many other employers is its commitment to providing structured training in a supportive working environment. Staff members within the organisation take time to mentor the students and to assess their needs, providing training opportunities for the students in areas where their skills could be further developed.
"The partnership between SFPA and National Learning Network is a wonderful model for the provision of training opportunities and work placements for those at a disadvantage in the labour market. It is our hope that other organisations, particularly state-sponsored bodies, will see the success of this partnership and introduce similar work placement programmes."

Sandra Ní Artaigh, Human Resources Director at the SFPA stated that: "From a Human Resources perspective, we have been presented with a wonderful opportunity to not only develop our own personnel through the mentorship aspect of the partnership, but also to make a valuable contribution to our local communities. Our partnership with NLN is significant from a number of perspectives. The programme affords all candidates training placements in mainstream integrated settings. Each individual placement is then subsequently strengthened with high level support that is provided over a period of time. This, in turn, facilitates individual development from a personal, professional and occupational level. It is because of this level of support and the long-term nature of the placement, that each person is developed even further and supported to re-enter the workplace. It is our pleasure to be associated with NLN and to be part of this innovative programme."

Peter Whelan, Chairman of the SFPA, welcomed the partnership stating: "Our hope into the future is to develop a solid and mutually beneficial partnership between the SFPA and National Learning Network. The initiative has been received exceptionally well with a number of staff volunteering to be advocates and mentors for both the programme and people working with us on the NLN placements."

Published in Fishing

With a view to enhancing existing fisheries control and monitoring arrangements between Ireland and Norway, the Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA) and the Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries have signed a bi-lateral agreement on the 11th of August 2010. The fisheries control authorities of Ireland and Norway agree there are significant benefits for both sides in sharing relevant information and in enhancing co-operation in areas of mutual interest. The agreement signed makes provision for the routine exchange of information on landings by Norwegian fishing vessels into Ireland and by Irish fishing vessels into Norway. In addition, there is provision for the exchange of fisheries information on inspections and of information on cases where the fishing vessel of one party is found to be in breach of the regulations of the inspection services of the other party.

The Irish and Norwegian authorities share the view that the practice of illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU fishing) represents a major problem not only for the control authorities but also for the majority of fishermen making their living fishing legitimately. The enhanced co-operation between Ireland and Norway can go some way to addressing the illegal fishing and trade in fish and fishery products. IUU fishing is an extensive international business - many IUU fishing vessels operate in international waters. All the illegally caught fish and fish products are ultimately landed into ports and in this context the parties recognise that every effort must be made to enhance the existing framework for monitoring, control and surveillance to prevent and eliminate IUU fishing and associated activities.

Peter Whelan, Chairman of the SFPA said: "Annually, about 50,000 tonnes of fish are landed by Norwegian fishing vessels into Ireland. Trends observed in landings show a decrease in the number and volume of landings into Norway by Irish fishing vessels and an increase in the number and volume of landings by Norwegian fishing vessels into Ireland. This reflects the recent development of added-value for human consumption blue whiting products by Irish fish processors."

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