The Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA) – Ireland’s independent regulator for the seafishing and seafood sectors – has hosted a fishing information breakfast for fishermen, processors and shellfish producers based in the southwest areas, as part of a series of information events around the country.

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Michael Tanner, Bantry, and Maria Hurley, WANi with Claire O’Sullivan and Noel Ducker, SFPA

Speaking at the event, SFPA chair Susan Steele said the agency was “committed” to playing its part to ensure that Ireland’s fishing industry has a strong future.

“Advances in technology and production, as well as new EU regulations, are leading to significant changes in fishing industry practice in Ireland.”

The events are a ‘one-stop opportunity’ giving information on changes affecting the sectors and to have queries answered by experts from the relevant organisations, she added.

Participating agencies also included the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine; Air Corps; BIM; FSAI; Marine Institute; Naval Service; Inland Fisheries Ireland; National Parks & Wildlife and the Workplace Relations Commission.

Inspection requirements, landing obligations and technical measures were among the topics covered during the event.