Main points

 

The All-Party Oireachtas Committee on the Strategic Management Initiative found:

there was "no possible excuse" for "failures in basic communications" between the Department of the Marine and Natural Resources and its client base.

the Department is highly centralised, with no executive powers in any of the fishing ports.

some fishing skippers first heard about new regulations when boarded by an inspector at sea.

it is "widely accepted" that if you leave a message with the Department of the Marine and Natural Resources nobody rings you back.

Irish boats are being forced to land in other European ports, and receive lower prices for fish, due to claims of over-regulation here compared to other EU member-states.