Following a series of recommendations made by the Government Task Force in December 2015 regarding non-EEA workers in the Irish Fishing Fleet, it has been decided that such crew members working in the “whitefish fleet” will come under the Atypical Working Scheme. Contracts must be certified by a practicing solicitor as being in compliance with the conditions for the employment of the non-EEA crew members and contracts must be lodged with the Central Depository (CDPA) for Sea-Fishing Boats at the National Seafood Centre, Clonakilty, Co Cork. The Task Force Report may be viewed here – http://www.agriculture.gov.ie/media/migration/publications/2015/TaskForceReport141215.pdf
For the first three months from date of commencement of the initiative, applications will be confined to crew members who have already been working in the industry in the State. Thereafter all applications under the Atypical Working Scheme in respect of crew members must be made from outside the State. For further information and Application Form please see Atypical Working Scheme Guidelines – Crew Members (Fishing Fleet). For general information about the Atypical Working Scheme please see Atypical working scheme: General.