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In a blow to the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy, a Spanish trawler is said to be fishing illegally in the waters of Bantry Bay, within Ireland’s 12 nautical mile limit.
Under EU rules, mileage gives Irish fishermen exclusive rights in these waters.
Naval Services said LE Roisin stopped the Spanish vessel 95 miles south of Mizen Head.
A Navy statement said: “Irish Navy service vessel LE Roisin has stopped a fishing vessel registered in Spain about 95 nautical miles south of Mizen Head.
“The detention was linked to alleged violations of fishing regulations. The vessel will be escorted to port, where, on arrival, it will be handed over to An Garda Síochána.
“This is the fifth vessel to be detained by the naval service in 2021. Defense forces conduct at-sea fishing inspections in accordance with the service level agreement with the Sea Fishery Protection Authority, as part of its provision of government services to the state.
Tensions over EU ships accessing Irish waters in the aftermath of Brexit threatened to spill over after footage appeared to show a Spanish ship attempting to crash an Irish vessel off the southwest coast of Ireland Friday.
The Irish Marine Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA) said the vessel “operated in the waters of Bantry Bay and therefore within Ireland’s 12 nautical mile limit”.
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“Our authorities must take action against this vessel acting in an extremely dangerous manner at sea and endangering lives.
“It’s appalling. It was a threat to life at sea, so action must be taken against the ship that attempted to ram it.
“The Spanish boat should be stopped and prevented from fishing in Irish waters.”
In a statement, the Sea Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA) said: within 12 nautical miles IRL.
“The situation continues to be closely monitored by the Haulbowline Naval Base National Fisheries Monitoring Center.”
The outbreak occurred on Friday, two days after fishermen in Cork staged a protest against what they see as their punishable low share of EU fishing quotas.
It is not known if the Spanish ship detained by the naval services is the same one that was filmed on Friday.