first_imgDeputy Thomas Pringle has slammed the fishing penalty point system after a Danish Vessel was found fishing without a quota in the Irish Sea.Deputy Thomas PringleHe said he brought this to the attention of the Minister at the Agriculture Committee meeting in June seeking an investigation into the matter.“I questioned him how Danish authorities were able to secure a quota allocation three days after the incident only to claim the vessel had a quota allowing them to fish in the first place. Danish authorities now refuse to add the penalty points to the vessel under those grounds’ explains Pringle. ‘The system is entirely unfair to Irish Vessels. Donegal fishermen have had penalty points applied to their vessels but we see once again foreign fishermen getting away scot free. The Common Fisheries Policy is supposed to be common but this case shows that other EU countries pick and choose what they want to implement’ claims Pringle.‘Too often we have seen that the Irish authorities are the best Europeans in the class by over regulating Irish fishermen while other member states ignore the rules.’‘I have written to the Minister and raised the issue numerous times but have yet to hear anything back. At the Agriculture Committee I asked the Minister how will enforcement, including of landing obligations, be handled in such situations given the fact that trawlers from Spain, Belgium and other countries operate in Irish waters. I also probed whether there will be enforcement for Irish and foreign vessels even if foreign governments pass it off?’ says Pringle.‘Minister Coveney made it clear that if authorities such as the Danish authorities do pass off penalty points, the Commission is obliged to intervene, as it must ensure fair treatment for everyone. He further stated that if a trawler is breaking the rules and is due penalty points, it should receive them. The Minister asked for specific details on the Danish Vessel so he can follow up on it, which I did.’ ‘If Minister Coveney wants to retain any credibility he has to ensure that the commission act on this issue or else cancel the penalty point system altogether’ concludes Pringle.PRINGLE CALLS ON MINISTER TO ADDRESS ‘UNFAIR’ FISHING PENALTY POINT SYSTEM was last modified: August 13th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more