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first_imgSenator Brian O’Domhnaill carrying out consultation with fishermen over ‘draconian’ legislationFIANNA Fáil is carrying out a wide ranging public consultation with the fishing industry in over the next three days.The consultation is bein carried out by Seanad Spokesperson on Agriculture, Food and the Marine Brian Ó Domhnaill. Said Donegal Senator Ó Domhnaill: “The consultation will continue with meetings being held with the Sea Fisheries Protection Authority, Fishing Representative Organisations and Fishermen to discuss the proposed Sea Fisheries and Maritime Jurisdiction (Fixed Penalty Notice) Bill 2013 and to discuss other fisheries related issues”The Sea Fisheries and Maritime Jurisdiction Bill proposes:1. Stiff criminal sanctions for foreign sea fishing vessels which enter Irish exclusive fishing limits.2. Administrative penalties for first and second fishery offences by way of a prescribed notice which also reduces the upper limit fine to €400 for the 1st and €800 for the 2nd offence. 3. The option for a person in receipt of a penalty notice to appeal same to the Minister within a certain period.4. The establishment of an Independent Appeal Committee to be established by the Minister.5. A Consultative / Advisory Role in relation to administering such offences for the following organisations;a. Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI)b. The Marine Institutec. Inshore Fishermen’s Organisation d. Bord Iascaigh Mharae. Sea Fisheries Protection Authorityf. Killybeg’s Fishermen Organisationg. Irish South & West Fishermen’s Organisation Senator Ó Domhnaill concluded: “The fishing industry employs 12,000 people in this country and is worth €700 million to the economy.The industry must be fully supported in every way. This Bill forms a step in supporting the Irish fishing industry through common-sense changes to existing draconian legislation.”“The first meeting will take place tonight (Thursday) in Kinsale, County Cork in a series ofpublic meetings on this topic is being held in the South over the weekend.“These meetings are aimed at giving fisherman and coastal communities an opportunity to gain a better understanding of the Bill.FF CONSULTS FISHERMEN OVER ‘DRACONIAN’ LEGISLATION was last modified: June 6th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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)Tags:FF CONSULTS FISHERMEN OVER ‘DRACONIAN’ LEGISLATIONfianna failSEA FISHIRIES AND MARITIME JURISDICTION BILLSenator Brian O’Domhnailllast_img