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The Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA) has launched an updated Code of Conduct in relation to SFPA inspections of fishing vessels. Produced in collaboration with the Sea-Fisheries Protection Consultative Committee, the code sets out the general principles and standards which must guide the professional activities and conduct of Sea-Fisheries Protection Officers of the SFPA, vessel masters and their crew during inspections.  

 The Code of Conduct, which is available on the SFPA’s website, also details the matters that can be examined during a port inspection in relation to fisheries and food legislation as well as electronic monitoring requirements. These include registration and food safety documentation, catch composition and quality assessment as well as checks on a vessel’s fishing gear.  

The role of the SFPA along with Fishing Vessel Operators and their crews in fulfilling their national and EU obligations during inspections is also covered under the Code. Furthermore, it sets out the outcomes following the completion of an inspection.  

Pictured at the launch of the SFPA’s updated Code of Conduct for Fishing Vessels, from left: Catherine McManus, MOWI Ireland; Kareen Andersson, SFPA; Norah Parke, Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation; Rudi Amrein, SFPA. Photo Clive Wasson