The LE Niamh moored in Dublin in 2008 (File photo) Wikimedia Commons

French fishing vessel detained off Kerry coast

The Irish Naval Service detained the vessel earlier today and is now escorting it to Castletownbere in Cork where it will be handed over to gardaí.

THE IRISH NAVAL Service has detained a French registered fishing vessel of the south west of Valentia in Co Kerry after it was alleged the ship under recorded its catch.

The Naval Service Vessel LÉ Niamh was detained earlier today around 30 nautical miles south west of Valentia.

“The detention was in relation to alleged under recording of catch,” a statement said.

The vessel is currently being escorted to Castletownbere in Co Cork and is expected to arrive tomorrow morning before it is handed over to gardaí.

In total this year, the Naval Service has boarded 225 vessels and issued eight warnings. This is the second detention of the year.

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