The owner of the vessel Pepe Barreiro Dos requested to be allowed to send what has been caught to Spain. (Photo: Stock File)
Ireland detains Spanish fishing vessel for alleged irregularities
Thursday, July 05, 2012, 23:50 (GMT + 9)
The Cooperative of Shipowners of the Port of Vigo (ARVI) confirmed that last Monday Irish authorities detained the fishing vessel Pepe Barreiro Dos offshore, in waters of Gran Sol fishery. The ship will have to sail towards Castletownbere (Macroom), where it will remain tied.
According to the organization, the ship from Vigo has been charged with alleged irregularities in the registration of catches and transport in their holds of more monkish than it had been allowed to fish.
The crew members of the fishing vessel argue that the capture excess is due to the fact that they implement the 1.22 correction coefficient -- set for those who remove all the guts of the monkfish -- instead of 1.18 set by the Spanish law because Galician fishermen do not include the liver among the remains, La Voz de Galicia reported.
According to José Ramón Fuertes, ARVI manager, in Ireland it is admitted that this is so but now it is claimed that there are mistakes in the logbook kept onboard.
Irish officials also tried to sanction Pepe Barreiro Dos for alleged deficiencies in the boarding ladder, which is used to access the boat from another vessel.
"I would be flawed, but inspectors had no trouble going up and down the ladder," ironically expressed Fuertes.
Pepe Barreiro Dos was detained for 48 hours by British inspectors, and was then guarded by Irish officers.
After four days without work, the owner of the Spanish boat requested to be allowed to unload what had been caught so as to be able to send it to their country of origin in a lorry for its sale at auction.
"As we do not commit offenses, they are looking for other trifles to show Galician fishermen as offenders who wipe out the resources," complained Jesús Etchevers, president of the association Arpesco in Coruña.
Last May, the Irish police arrested a fishing vessel based in Vigo, accusing it of having illegal nets that do not comply with the Community legislation.
The vessel Nuevo Confurco was arrested at 324 kilometres off the coast of Kerry, in the southwest of Ireland, after an inspection of their gear on board.
After finding the illegal use of a net with a gear assembly diamond bar of unequal length, the authority escorted the boat, owned by the shipping company Herederos de Manuel González Paredes, and a dozen of the crew members to the port of Castletownbere.
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By Analia Murias