Please note: The information provided below is a limited selection of the information available relating to this topic. You can find more information, publications and forms relating to this area on the main Department website here.
The Seafood Policy & Development Division is responsible for the strategic, economic and sustainable development of the seafood sector, as well as the broad regulation of it, within the framework of the Common Fisheries Policy, the Sea-fisheries and Maritime Jurisdiction Act 2006 and the Fisheries (Amendment) Act 2003.
The Division's overall goal is to implement national policies, negotiated within the Common Fisheries Policy, that support a long term sustainable seafood industry for Ireland, and to maximise the long term contribution of the seafood industry to the economies of coastal regions.
Seafood Policy & Development functions are exercised separately from the licensing, monitoring and enforcement of aquaculture activities which, are handled by the Aquaculture & Foreshore Management Division. Both divisions consult and advise each other on matters relating to their respective remits.
The Corporate Governance Section is responsible for monitoring the fisheries related state agencies compliance with the 2009 Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies and related statues and codes.
The four fisheries related agencies are:
- The Aquaculture Licences Appeals Board (ALAB) was established in 1998 under Section 22 of the Fisheries (Amendment) Act, 1997. The function of the Board is to provide an independent authority for the determination of appeals against decisions of the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine on aquaculture licence applications. The ALAB is administered by the Department's Appeals Unit
- Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), the Irish Sea Fisheries Board, is the national lead agency on sea fisheries development with responsibility for developing sustainable Irish Sea Fishing and Aquaculture industries. BIM was established under the Sea Fisheries Act 1952. BIM provides a range of services including advisory, financial, technical, developmental and training supports to all sectors of the Irish seafood industry. BIM’s primary role is to expand the volume, quality and value of output from the seafish and aquaculture sectors by focusing on the opportunities for growth in these sectors.
- The Marine Institute (MI) is the national lead agency on marine research with responsibility for Marine Research, Technology Development and Innovation (RTDI). The Institute was established under the 1991 Marine Institute Act. The role of the MI is to promote the sustainable development of marine industry through strategic funding programmes and essential scientific services that safeguard the marine environment through research and environmental monitoring. The Institute undertakes and co-ordinates marine research and development that has the potential to promote economic development, create employment and protect the marine environment.
- The Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA), headquartered in Clonakilty, with a number of offices in the major ports around the coast, is Ireland's competent authority for Seafood Safety and Sea-Fisheries Protection. Its mission is to effectively and fairly regulate the sea fishing and seafood sectors that fall within its mandate. This includes all fishing vessels operating within Ireland’s 200-mile limit, Irish fishing vessels wherever they operate, and all seafood produced in Ireland, wherever it is marketed. The SFPA was established under the Sea-Fisheries and Maritime Jurisdiction Act 2006 and came into being on 1 January 2007.
Further information about Corporate Governance is available on our main website here.
The Irish Commercial Sea-fishing Network Portal
The Fishingnet Portal is a cross-agency project aimed at bringing together all links to relevant information useful to people involved in the Fishing Industry. www.fishingnet.ie
For information on grant aid available please visit the website of An Bord Iascaigh Mhara.
For information on Axis 4 and the Development of Coastal Communities please visit the website of the European Fisheries Areas Network (FARNET).
For general information on the European Fisheries Fund, please visit the European Commission website of the Directorate General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries.
For access to European Law, including the EFF Regulations, please visit the Eur-Lex website.