Thomas Pringle TD

Update on the new fishing penalty point system to be introduced

Fish in Killybegs

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For Written Answer on : 13/02/2018
Question Number(s): 516 Question Reference(s): 7484/18
Department: Agriculture, Food and the Marine
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QUESTION

To ask the Minister for Agriculture; Food and the Marine when the new penalty points system for fishing offences will come before Dáil Éireann; if it will be brought to the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine for scrutiny; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

REPLY

As the Deputy may be aware, the Supreme Court judgments were delivered on 12th December 2017 in relation to the 2014 SI implementing a points system for licence holders.  My Department is currently examining the implications of the judgments on an urgent basis.

I expect this process to be completed shortly and thereafter I intend to sign a new Statutory Instrument to revoke the European Union (Common Fisheries Policy) (Point System) Regulations 2016 (S.I. No. 125 of 2016) and to establish a point system, which will apply to the Licence Holder of a sea-fishing boat when a serious infringement of the rules of the Common Fisheries Policy is detected.

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