The Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA) seized a quantity of lobster this week, which had been caught illegally off the Mayo coast with the intention of selling them directly to the public and restaurants across the county.

Commercial lobster fishing is only permitted by licensed fishermen under a range of conservation measures to support the viability of the in-shore fishing industry and to ensure traceability of the product, which is essential for food safety. 

All 28 lobsters were returned alive to the sea and the SFPA is preparing a file for the DPP. 

The incident in Mayo follows the seizure earlier this week of almost 800 illegally caught undersized and v-notched lobster by SFPA Sea-Fisheries Protection Officers in the south east of the country, acting on information from a member of the public. Further investigations are underway as to the origin of these fish.

However the SFPA believe some were collected from the North West as well as from the west and Northern Ireland.



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