Yesterday afternoon the Naval Service Vessel LÉ James Joyce (P62) detained a Belgian registered fishing vessel approximately 65 nautical miles South-East of Mizen Head.
The detention was in relation to alleged breaches of fishing regulations. The vessel was escorted to Castletownbere, where it was handed over to An Garda Síochána.
This is the first vessel detained by the Naval Service in 2021. The Defense Forces conducts at sea fishery inspections in line with the service level agreement with the Sea Fishery Protection Authority, as part of its delivery of government services to the state.