Irish Fishing Master Register

Applications are now open for the Irish Fishing Master Register under the Sea-Fisheries (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2022

The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine has announced that applications are now open for the Irish Fishing Master Register under the Sea-Fisheries (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2022.

The purpose of this Act is:

  • to amend the Sea Fisheries and Maritime Jurisdiction Act, 2006 to give effect to Article 92 of Council Regulation (EC) No. 1224/2009 and Title VII of Commission implementing Regulation (EU) No. 404/2011 to provide for a system of registration and assignment of points to Masters of Sea-Fishing Boats who are Irish Citizens
  • to amend the Fisheries (Amendment) Act, 2003
  • to amend the European Union (Common Fisheries Policy) (Point System) Regulations 2020 (S.I. No. 318 of 2020)
  • and to provide for other related matters.
Brian J McMullin Solicitors

EU Council Regulation 1224/2009, established a community control system for ensuring compliance with the rules of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) and establishing a level playing field across the EU on fisheries control. Once the Sea-Fisheries (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 2022 has been commenced the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine will establish and maintain a register of Masters, i.e. the Irish Fishing Master Register (IFMR). It will be an offence for anyone to lawfully take charge of a Sea Fishing Boat unless registered on the Irish Fishing Master Register. This applies whether you are the owner of the sea fishing boat or not.

Once this Act has been commenced, it will also be an offence for a registered sea fishing boat licence holder to knowingly employ someone as a Master who is not registered as such on the Irish Fishing Master Register.

The Act defines a Master as the master, skipper or other person for the time being in charge of the boat.

It is planned to commence this Act on 3rd May 2022. From then on, all Masters must be registered.

Please note that all information provided MUST be accurate and true. Anyone knowingly providing false or misleading information will be refused registration and may be liable to prosecution.

Application Form to register as a Master/Skipper on the Irish Fishing Master Register (IFMR). This application form must be completed by any person who is the master, skipper or other person for the time being in charge of the boat.

  • Please complete the application form linked below to be registered as a Master/Skipper on the Irish Fishing Master Register.
  • Please be advised that the Department can only process application forms subject to the following criteria:
  • All Application Forms MUST be correctly completed in BLOCK CAPITALS.
  • A valid working email address must be provided on the application form for all persons being registered on the Irish Fishing Master Register (IFMR)
  • Completed application forms may be emailed to masters@agriculture.gov.ie

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