Rigorous inspections may make super trawlers think twice - Ní Riada
Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada has called for "continuous, rigorous" inspections of the Margiris super trawler currently in Irish waters. The Ireland South MEP made the call as she welcomed news that the vessel had been boarded and inspected by Irish authorities. Inspectors from the LÉ James Joyce boarded the enormous ship on Tuesday to carry out searches for any illegal fishing activity. The Ireland South MEP said she hoped it would not be the last time authorities inspected the Margiris. "I am delighted to see that the Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA) is taking the presence of the Margiris in our waters more seriously this time around," she said. "When this highly destructive vessel was last in our waters it was not boarded and inspected once. "However, I would urge the authorities not to allow this inspection to be a one off. While EU law may prevent us from banning these ships outright from our waters there is nothing stopping us from placing the Margiris under the most rigorous supervision while it is here. "The SFPA rarely have any concerns about enforcing the letter of the law when it comes to smaller Irish fishing vessels so I would urge them to display the same enthusiasm when it comes to these monstrous ships. "The damage they do to our indigenous fishing industry as well as our environment is well documented, so I would call on the SFPA to inspect this ship at every available opportunity and I make no apologies for suggesting that continuous, rigorous inspections may make them think twice about coming back into Irish waters next year."