Skipper on deaths rap.
Patrick Barden, 64, from Ralph, Fethard-on-Sea, Co Wexford, faces a total of eight charges including a charge of intentionally or recklessly engaging in conduct which created a substantial risk of death.
He is further charged with being the owner of a vessel which did not carry suitable personal flotation devices for every person on board.
The Pisces, a 26-ft open-deck boat with 10 people on board, sank off Fethard-on-Sea, Co Wexford, on the morning of July 28, 2002.
The trial, at Wexford Circuit Court, is expected to last three weeks.