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46 Recommendations Made to Improve SFPA

The review study of the Sea Fisheries Protection Agency made 46 recommendations to “improve the effectiveness of the organisation,” according to the Minister for the Marine. The review was completed last April, but its content was not disclosed and full details have not yet been given.

Sinn Fein’s Spokesman on the Marine, Padraig MacLochlainn, as he had indicated he would do in the MARINE TIMES INTERVIEW in the October edition, asked Minister Charlie McConalogue in a Dáil Question this week “the status of the organisational review of the Sea Fisheries Protection Authority that was carried out and his plans to implement the recommendations.”

The Minister replied: “An independent review of the Organisational Capability of the SFPA was commissioned in 2019 and completed by Price Waterhouse Coopers. The principal objective of the review was to contribute to the ongoing and future development of the organisation. A Steering & Oversight Group comprised of three senior and expert persons, all independent of SFPA, was put in place to oversee the review. The areas covered by the review are the organisational capabilities of the SFPA to deliver on its mission for the effective and fair regulation of the sea fishing and seafood sectors that fall within its mandate.

“The Review was completed in April 2020. The Review made 46 recommendations which, when implemented, will address issues identified to improve the effectiveness of the organisation. An independent Advisory Board, nominated by my Department will assist the management of the SFPA in the implementation of the Report. This Board is purely advisory and does not have any executive role in the operations of the organisation.

“I look forward to the effective and efficient implementation of the recommendations of the review over the coming period.”

The time “period” referred to by the Minister for implementing the 46 recommendations was not specified in his reply.