A UK registered fishing vessel was detained by the Irish Naval Service today after it was found to be in breach of fishing regulations.
The vessel is being handed over to the UK Maritime Management Office and will return to the UK this evening.
Speaking to News Anois, the Naval Service revealed that the reason for returning the vessel to the UK rather than seeking prosecution in Ireland is because the breach is of “EU fishing regulations”, not just those of Ireland.
Regardless of the EU country that the law is broken in, anyone in breach of these fishing regulations is guilty of “the same breach” and prosecution can be carried out in any EU country.
The vessel will be turned over to the appropriate authorities in the UK where the breach will be investigated further.