The Vigo trawler Punta Vixía has been released by the Irish authorities after being held since last weekend for an alleged violation of fishing regulations. The ship’s owner, Pesca Baqueiro, has indicated that a hearing was held on Tuesday and a bond of just over 100,000 euros was paid, reports Europa Press. The ship has returned to the Gran Sol fishing ground to continue fishing.
Brexit fuels the distrust of Irish fishermen towards the Galician boats that fish in their waters
The company is awaiting a decision from the Irish authorities on the fishing vessel, which has 12 crew members on board. The Punta Vixía, of French flag although with a base port in Vigo, he was arrested last weekend by the patrol boat of the Irish navy Lé William Butler Yeats 110 miles south of Mizen Head for alleged infraction of the fishing regulations, according to the naval service of Ireland. Later, he was transferred to the port of Castletownbere and placed at the disposal of the country’s national police (the Garda Síochána).
This is the second apprehension of a Galician fishing vessel by the Irish authorities in three months, in a context of growing unease among Irish fishermen due to the reduction in catches derived from the Brexit agreement and mistrust towards Galician vessels. At the end of last May, the Punta Candieira was arrested, which was held for two weeks, also for an alleged infraction of fishing regulations and four days after a dispute between its captain and that of an Irish-flagged vessel.