Late last night, the 12th of May, the Naval Service Vessel LÉ CIARA detained a French registered fishing vessel approximately 120 nautical miles South West of Mizen Head.
The detention was in relation to alleged breaches of fishing regulations. The vessel is being escorted to Castletownbere Co. Cork, where on arrival it will be handed over to An Garda Síochána.
This is the fifth vessel detained by the Naval Service in 2020. The Defence 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.