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Sea-fisheries Policy & Management Division

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.

Corporate Governance

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:

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

Useful Links

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.