Irish fishing vessel told to sling their hook elsewhere as British Patrol boat enforces new rules.

Fisheries

As new rules come into effect, an Irish fishing vessel has been boarded and told to leave British waters.

This interception took place off the shores of Rockall in the North Atlantic. The Irish vessel was boarded by Jura, a patrol boat from Scotland and told not to fish within 12 miles of Rockall.

The Captain of the Irish fishing vessel spoke to Irish Broadcaster RTE soon after saying: “We were fishing in Rockall and members of the crew from the Jura boarded us.

“They informed us that we could no longer fish inside the 12-mile limit of Rockall.

“The Scottish navy are continuing to patrol the 12-mile limit, and we’re waiting on further instructions from the Department of Foreign Affairs on what their next move will be.”

A statement from Ireland’s Foreign Affairs read: “We are aware of contact between an Irish fishing vessel and a Marine Scotland patrol vessel yesterday, 4 January.

“We are in contact with the Scottish and UK authorities on this.”

The Scottish Government returned comment saying: “the Irish vessel was routinely inspected outside of territorial waters around Rockall.

“The master requested clarification on the access rights granted by his licence to fish in UK waters.”

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