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Navy detains Spanish fishing boat off the coast of Mizen Head

The boat was stopped for alleged breaches of fishing regulations.

The LE Róisín
The LE Róisín
Image: Defence Forces Press Office

A SPANISH FISHING boat has been detained by the Navy off the coast of Mizen Head for alleged breaches of fishing regulations.

The boat was stopped at around 4 o’clock this afternoon by the LE Róisín some one hundred nautical miles south west of Mizen Head in Cork, one of the most southerly points in Ireland.

Ireland’s fishing industry is estimated to be worth around €700 million, and rules around where EU vessels can and can’t fish are strictly monitored.

The Spanish vessel is being escorted to the harbour in Castletownbere and is expected to arrive tomorrow morning, when it will be handed over to gardaí.

It is the 250th ship that has been boarded by the Naval Service so far this year, and the third vessel detained for alleged infringement of fisheries regulations.

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