DAFM has issued a reminder to Irish fishing boat licence holders and masters about the requirements of the Irish Fishing Masters Register

DAFM has issued a reminder to Irish fishing boat licence holders and masters about the requirements of the Irish Fishing Masters Register

The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine recently wrote to all Irish sea fishing boat licence holders to inform them of the legal requirement for masters of such boats to formally register on the Irish Fishing Masters Register (IFMR).

This arises from the Sea-Fisheries (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2022 which came into effect on 03 May 2022.

To date, the Department says that more than 1,000 Irish Fishing Masters have registered.

The requirement to register applies to any Irish national or Irish citizen who is the master, skipper or other person for the time being in charge of an Irish sea fishing boat.

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Registered masters will be issued with a Certificate of Master Registration which must be carried on board at all times while acting as a master of a sea fishing boat. It is an offence for anyone to lawfully take charge of a sea fishing boat unless registered on the IFMR and in possession of a Certificate of Master Registration. It is an offence to knowingly employ an Irish citizen as a master who is not registered as such on the IFMR.

Anyone who has not yet registered is invited to do so says DAFM.

Application forms are available in Harbour Master offices at the six designated State-owned Fishery Harbour Centres, located at Castletownbere, Dingle, Dunmore East, Howth, Ros An Mhil and Killybegs or online at: Irish Fishing Master Register

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