Spanish trawler allegedly fishing illegally in Irish waters has been detained

It follows an incident in which a Spanish trawler was involved in a confrontation with Irish fishermen last Friday. That vessel is alleged to have been operating illegally within the waters of Bantry Bay, which is within Ireland’s 12-nautical mile limit. The limit gives exclusive rights to Irish-registered fishing vessels to fish in those waters. “This is the fifth vessel detained by the Naval Service in 2021. The Defence Forces conduct at-sea fishery inspections in line with the service level agreement with the Sea Fishery Protection Authority, as part of its delivery of government services to the state.” It is not clear if the detained vessel is the same one involved in Friday’s incident. >click to read< 09:15

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