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The SFPA has disputed a claim from the IFPO who said there was “no provision independent oversight” of the Authority

Irish Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority 2023

The Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA) has disputed a claim from the Irish Fish Producers Organisation (IFPO) who had said there was “no provision independent oversight” of the Authority.

The IFPO had made the comment on LinkedIn in relation to a question from Sinn Féin’s Spokesperson on Fisheries and the Marine, Deputy Padraig Mac Lochlainn TD, who had asked Minister for the Marine, Charlie McConalogue TD, if he would work to ensure that third country (non-EU) fishing vessels would “face the same stringent control and conservation regime as the Irish fleet”.

In his reply, Minister McConalogue stated that when it came to all operational issues concerning fisheries control, as a matter of law, he was “expressly precluded from getting involved in operational matter.”

This morning, the SFPA contacted The Fishing Daily to reject the IFPO’s claim that there was no independent oversight, Senior Executive Manager of SFPA Jonathan Hoare stated: 

“As a Public Body the SFPA is subject to significant independent oversight. As the competent Authority responsible for the enforcement of Sea-Fisheries and Seafood safety law in Ireland the SFPA is subject to European Commission audit in how it oversees the implementation of EU Regulation. Failure to adequately fulfil this mandate can result in infringement proceedings and potential financial penalties against the State.  Both DG Mare and DG Santé conduct audits of SFPA control measures on a regular basis. 

“The Act which established the SFPA grants the Houses of the Oireachtas and specifically the Joint Oireachtas Committee for Agriculture Food and Marine oversight of the SFPA.  Section 49 of the Act provides for an Independent Complaints Office which is established and functioning. The SFPA comes under the auspices of the office of the Ombudsman and the Comptroller and Auditor General. 

“As a Public Body the SFPA is obliged to comply with the FOI Act, the Code of Practice for State Bodies and a significant body of statutory compliance measures. A fully independent Audit & Risk Committee is also in place.”

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