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EC finds serious failures in fishing control of Irish ports

Barcelona, Spain (PortSEurope) November 9, 2018 – The Irish government announced last summer via a letter addressed to the port of Vigo that it would reinforce fishing control in its ports, with the intention of ensuring that there would be “no differences of control between Vigo and the Irish ports”.

Now, an audit carried out by the European Commission of Irish ports has found “serious and important weaknesses” and a failure to apply the norm and penalties in fisheries “effectively”. Apparently, the audit was carried out last March, when the Irish authorities contacted the Spanish General Fisheries Secretariat to share information and ensure the traceability of the catches.

The report was uncovered by the Irish newspaper The Irish Times, which this week announced that it had access to the draft resulting from the audit. As explained, the review was carried out by the Directorate General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DGMare) of the Commission. It notes that “the lack of investment in the protection of fisheries means that Ireland met only one of the eight reference points to completely inspect the landings in 2017”.

The inspection focused on the port that supports the largest landings in the country: Killybegs, to the north, one of the ports used by the Galician fleet, and Castletownbere, to the south. Along with these inspections, Brussels also checked the fishing of bluefin tuna, as there is recreational fishing that sells the catch. Along with this, they also pointed out the problems related to the landing of bonito and the incidental capture of bluefin tuna by Irish vessels (up to 5%) in Spanish ports in 2017.

Source: Faro de Vigo

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