Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the SFF, said: “We fully support the Scottish Government’s stance on Rockall – Irish vessels have no legal right to fish within 12 nautical miles.

“The area is recognised in UK law as part of Scottish territorial waters and hosts multi-million pound haddock, monkfish and squid fisheries that are hugely important to our fleet.

“The Scottish Government is right to impose compliance, full stop. But at a time when we are moving towards independent Coastal State status it lays down a benchmark for the future.”