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Rules Governing Bluefin Tuna in Ireland
Thursday, October 03, 2013/Number of views (1680)

The Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA) has released updated information in relation to the recreational catches of Bluefin tuna in Ireland. European fisheries regulations governing the catching, landing and sale of Bluefin tuna states that unless a Member State has specifically assigned a portion of their annual national quota to sports and recreational fisheries to target these fish no such fishing can take place.

EU annual fisheries quotas designate no national Bluefin tuna quota to Ireland and while commercial fishing vessels targeting the smaller albacore tuna in the summer fishery can avail of incidental by-catch under a shared European by-catch provision, in Ireland and for Irish fishers, no directed fishery for Bluefin Tuna, even by means of sea-angling is permitted.

Susan Steele, Chair of the SFPA said: “Ireland does not have a direct fishery for Bluefin Tuna in Ireland.  Ireland does have a 1% by catch of Bluefin Tuna as part of the Northern Albacore fishery.  The vessels that partake in the Northern Albacore fishery must obtain a specific fishing authorisation from the Department of Agriculture, Food & Marine.  For anyone engaged in sports or recreational sea angling this means that if a Bluefin Tuna is caught while sea angling it has to be immediately released as the fish cannot be targeted or landed by an Irish boat.'

Fisherman Ordered to Pay Donation to Conservation Group for Landing Endangered Species
Friday, July 12, 2013/Number of views (2383)
A Judge ruled that the State’s case was proven at a recent case brought before Donegal Town District Court - Mr Shane Curran, the Master of the fishing vessel the Velvet Chord II, was ordered to pay €500 to a conservation group. The case was in relation to a suspected landing of common skate, an endangered species under EU Regulation, by the Velvet Chord II on the 19th August 2011 in Killybegs. 

Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority to Host EU Meetings on Fisheries Control
Thursday, May 16, 2013/Number of views (2002)
The Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA) will host a series of EU Fishery Control focussed meetings involving fishery control experts from the relevant authorities in various EU Member Sates...

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013/Number of views (1890)
The Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA) will host a series of EU Fishery Control focussed meetings involving fishery control experts from the relevant authorities in various EU Member Sates...

Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority Meet with Newly Appointed Sea-Fisheries Protection Consultative Committee
Thursday, March 07, 2013/Number of views (1298)
The Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA) will meet with the newly appointed Sea-Fisheries Protection Consultative Committee, today, Thursday 7th March at Agriculture House, Dublin...

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