Non-EU fishermen will now have to seek ‘atypical worker permission’ if they want to work in the Irish fishing industry.
The atypical permission will be sought from the Irish Naturalisation & Immigration Service and if granted non-EU fishermen will be recognised as employees of the boat owner.
Subsequently they will receive contracts of employment and paid statutory minimum wages.
These new measures come into effect on May 15 and also stipulate at least 50% of a crew must be EU nationals.
Sinn Féin Kerry TD Martin Ferris has welcomed the measures, saying not only do they protect non-EU fishermen, but also protect local boat owners from false accusations.