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Region:    UK and Ireland

Review of Sea Fisheries Control in Ireland Ireland

Department of Communications, Marine and Natural Resources - Project Dates:
December 2006 - May 2007

Description of Project:

This study evaluated the current MCS strategy in Ireland identifying control inefficiencies along with legal and IT strengthening requirements. The 7 man Poseidon consulting team focused on improvements to targeting actions, the balance between resource deployment options (land and sea based deployments complimented by IT & VMS), the development of Standing operating Procedures and Codes of Conduct) and required legal support measures. The work also included a methodology to constantly review the outputs of the MCS actions, and development of MoUs between contracting parties.

Services Provided:
Poseidon provided a team of operational MCS, fisheries economics, legal and judicial, IT and institutional / HR specialists to conduct a thorough review of monitoring, control and surveillance of fisheries effort in Ireland. The team produced substantial recommendations covering strategy development and risk analysis, a revised deployment approach as well as assisting with the institutional structuring of the new Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA). Specific areas covered included:
  • Rectifying operational inefficiencies
  • Benchmarking inspection targets at sea and on land
  • Categorising offence types and recommending appropriate intervention actions
  • Defining standard operating procedures for land, sea and transport inspections
  • Evaluating problems in the use of IT and identifying the required changes that would optimise offence detection through cross checks
  • Re-evaluating human resource issues and setting up an appropriate management structure
  • Laying down appropriate monitoring and evaluations systems