Sea Fisheries and Maritime Jurisdiction (Fixed Penalty Notice) Bill 2013

Fianna Fáil will be holding a series of meetings on decriminalising fishermen in County Donegal this weekend following the publication of Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill’s Bill the Sea Fisheries and Maritime Jurisdiction (Fixed Penalty Notice) Bill 2013 in Leinster House on Friday morning. These meetings are an opportunity for fishermen to have the contents of the bill explained so they can feed into the consultation process.  Further meetings will be scheduled along the Western Coast in the coming weeks.

The main aspects of the bill are as follows;

  1. Large Foreign Vessels will continue to be subject to criminal sanctions.
  2. Criminal sanctions will be replaced with administrative penalties for local fishing vessels.
  3. That an independent appeals system for such penalties will be introduced.

The purpose of the bill is that small fishing infraction does not result in fishermen having criminal convictions and in addition high court costs. The Bill is expected to be presented to Seanad Éireann before the Summer recess.

Meetings will be held in Donegal this weekend in the following locations;

  • Dunkineely Community Hall, Dunkineely – 8p.m. Friday 10th May
  • Ionad Naomh Padraig, Dore – 1p.m. Saturday 11th May
  • Downings Bay Hotel, Downings – 4.30 p.m. Saturday 11th May

Everyone welcome to attend

Posted: May 8, 2013     |     Categories: Uncategorized