Ní Riada welcomes super trawler inspections
Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada has welcomed news that the Navy boarded and inspected a number of super trawlers over the weekend.
The Ireland South MEP said she hopes such inspections will become a regular feature for such ships in Irish waters.
"I want to welcome the news that the Navy has boarded and inspected two super trawlers in Irish waters over the weekend and thank the people who carried out this vital task," she said.
"There are huge concerns about the practices of many of these vessels and much research indicating that at least some of them are engaging in unethical if not illegal behaviour.
"Even those that are not acting illegally do huge damage to our marine environment and to our native fishing industry.
"I have called numerous times for continuous and rigorous inspection of these ships to ensure they are obeying the very letter of the law and while I am encouraged by and grateful for the inspections over the weekend I hope they will not be a one off.
"It may not currently be possible to ban these ships from entering Irish waters but I want them to know that if they come in to our territory they will be boarded and they will be inspected on a regular basis.
"These ships offer nothing to the Irish economy or the coastal communities that they are damaging. The government must use the powers they have to make Irish waters as unattractive as possible for these industry destroying vessels."