FG seeks new system of penalties for fishing offences

Fine Gael Fisheries Spokesperson is calling on the Government to take on board a Fine Gael Bill to introduce administrative sanctions for fisheries offences, instead of the system of exclusively criminal sanctions currently in place in Ireland.

Tom Sheehan says Ireland is out of step compared to other EU countries in relying on criminal sanctions only, regardless of the offence. In the case of one Donegal fisherman, he says, a file has been sent to the DPP for being 4 kilograms over quota.