Sea Fisheries Administration
Role of the Division
The principal functions of the Division are in the areas of sea fishing boat licensing and registration, management and the development of the 6 Fishery Harbour Centers under the Fishery Harbour and Coastal Infrastructure Development Programme.
Specifically, its responsibilities are:
- Sea fishing boat Licensing and registration
- Management and operation of the six Fishery Harbour Centres (doc 84Kb) at Castletownbere, Dunmore East, Howth, Killybegs, Dingle and Rosaveel
- Administration of the Fishery Harbour and Coastal Infrastructure Development Programme (including management of the Fisheries and Coastal Infrastructure sub-programme of the National Development Plan, 2007 - 2013);
- Registration of Sea Fishing Boats All fishing boats within the meaning of the Merchant Shipping (Registry, Lettering and Numbering of Fishing Boats) Regulations, 2005 (doc 82Kb) are required to be entered on the Register of Fishing Boats maintained by the Department in accordance with those Regulations. Only fishing boats licensed in accordance with Section 4 of the FisheriesAmendmentAct2003.pdf (pdf 810Kb) (as inserted by section 97 of the SeaFisheriesandMaritimeJurisdictionAct2006.pdf (pdf 578Kb) may be entered on the Register).
Sea Fishing Fleet Register
European Community Fleet Register
The following is a link to the European Community Register of Sea Fishing Vessels. This is a searchable database of all current and historical data on Member State fishing fleets. This database is updated every 3 months following the transmission to the European Commission by Member States of the quarterly "snapshot" of their fishing fleet registers.
Irish Fleet Register
The following is a recent report of details of all currently registered vessels on the Irish Fishing Boat Register. The Register is revised on an ongoing basis as a result of ongoing processing of licensing and registration applications and implementation of the "entry-exit regime" (i.e. under European law the entry of new capacity into the fleet must be compensated by the previous withdrawal of at least the same amount of capacity).Updated reports on the Register will be posted on this page on a regular basis.
Irish Fleet Register (xls 229Kb)
All fishing boats within the meaning of the Merchant Shipping (Registry, Lettering and Numbering of Fishing Boats) Regulations, 2005 (doc 82Kb) are required to be entered on the Register of Fishing Boats maintained by the Registrar General in accordance with those Regulations. Only fishing boats licensed in accordance with the FisheriesAmendmentAct2003.pdf (pdf 810Kb) (as inserted by Section 97 of the Sea-Fisheries Jurisdiction Act 2006) may be entered on the Register.
Guidance notes on sea fishing boat registration may be obtained by contacting the Licensing Authority for Sea Fishing Boats, National Seafood Centre, Clonakilty, Co. Cork (see Contacts Details)
- Part 2, Chapter 6, of the Sea-Fisheries and Maritime jurisdiction Act 2006.
- Merchant Shipping (Registry, Lettering and Numbering of Fishing Boats) Regulations, 2005 (S.I. No. 261 of 2005)
- Sea Fisheries (Marking and Documentation of Sea Fishing Boats) Order 1987 (S.I. No. 253 of 1987).
An application to register a fishing vessel must be made on the appropriate application form. Copies of this form may be obtained from the Licensing Authority for Sea Fishing Boats, National Seafood Centre, Clonakilty, Co. Cork (see Contacts Details)
Applications for registration are made to the Registrar General of Fishing Boats (National Seafood Centre, Clonakilty, Co. Cork), but are lodged in the first instance with a local registrar. If the vessel was registered under the Mercantile Marine Act 1955 the application must be lodged with the local registrar at the port where it was so registered. In any other case, the application may be lodged with the local registrar at any port of registry.
(A local registrar is a designated Customs official at the port of Cork, Drogheda, Dublin, Dundalk, Galway, Limerick, Skibbereen, Sligo, Tralee, Waterford, Westport, or Wexford). Further details may be obtained by contacting Licensing Authority for Sea Fishing Boats, National Seafood Centre, Clonakilty, Co. Cork. When an application is lodged with a local registrar, the registrar must:
- satisfy himself/herself that the information set out in the application (including details of ownership) is correct,
- satisfy himself/herself that the boat is currently licensed under Section 4 of the Fisheries (Amendment) Act 2003.
- inspect, or have inspected*, the fishing vessel concerned, and
- deliver the application, or cause it to be delivered, to the Registrar General of Fishing Boats.
The local registrar allocates to the vessel a distinguishing letter or letters and a number, and arranges for the applicant to have them marked on the vessel in accordance with the Sea Fisheries (Marking and Documentation of Sea Fishing Boats) Order 1987 .
(* The local registrar may request a Sea Fisheries Officer of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine or a member of the Garda Síochána or a Bord Iascaigh Mhara Area or Inshore Officer to inspect the vessel, and to indicate on the application form whether the particulars on the form are correct.Each application forwarded to the Registrar General is examined and, if necessary, further particulars are sought from the applicant. If sufficient particulars have been provided for the purpose of registration and if a sea fishing boat licence has been issued in respect of the vessel, the Registrar General arranges for the vessel to be entered on the Register of Fishing Boats (which is maintained on computer) and issues a (laminated) certificate of registry to the applicant.
Procedures in place following Registration
If a fishing vessel is (a) actually or constructively lost, or (b) broken up, or (c) no longer has a sea-fishing boat licence, or (d) ceases to be employed in commercial sea fishing, or (e) is no longer registered on the Shipping Register where required the owner of the vessel must give notice to the Registrar General and return the certificate of registry. The Registrar General makes an entry to the effect of the notice in the Register of Fishing Boats, having undertaken any necessary checking in relation to the vessel. This is known, commonly, as de-registration. A closure certificate then issues to the owner of the vessel.
If the Registrar General becomes aware that a fishing vessel (i) is actually or constructively lost, or (ii) is broken up, or (iii) has ceased to engage in commercial sea fishing, or (iv) is no longer registered on the Shipping Register, or (v) no longer has a sea-fishing boat licence, the Registrar General can require the owner to make a submission as to the circumstances pertaining to the boat. If no reply is received within 30 days, the Registrar General may remove the vessel from the Register.
Any change in the particulars relating to a vessel which would render the information on the Register of Fishing Boats incomplete or inaccurate must be reported to a local registrar*, and an application for a new certificate of registry (accompanied by the original certificate) must be made to the Registrar General. In the event of a change of ownership of the vessel the former owner must apply to the Registrar General to remove the boat from the register in his or her name and return the certificate of registry to the Registrar General.
(* The local registrar can, where the length or breadth or tonnage or engine power of the vessel may have changed, require the vessel to be remeasured and send the new measurements to the Registrar General.) If the Registrar General is satisfied that a certificate of registry has been lost or destroyed, a new certificate of registry may be issued.