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The Irish Navy boarding the Pesorsa Dos. Photo: Irish Navy Service

THE IRISH Navy have detained the German registered/Spanish owned gillnetter Pesorsa Dos off the west coast this weekend for alleged fishing offences, The Skipper reports.

According to the Irish fisheries magazine another vessel in the area claimed the detention may have been for leaving gear soaking for more than the 72 hours allowed.

The German vessel was previously detained in July 2020 by the Irish navy patrol ship LÉ William Butler Yeats some 250 miles off Malin Head for “alleged infringements of EU fishing regulations in Irish waters”.

The Pesorsa Dos was the subject of intense scrutiny in June 2020 when it was at centre of an alleged confrontation to the west of Shetland.

Video footage of the gill netter, from the Spanish port of La Coruna, filmed on 11 June, 2020 showed an interaction it had with the Lerwick registered Alison Kay, some 30 miles west of the isles.

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The British Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) was urged to investigate the incident, which Scottish skippers claimed to be the latest in a series of such confrontations over fishing grounds.

However, the MCA said it had no jurisdiction to investigate outside the 12-mile limit in which it could take action against foreign-flagged vessels.

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