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MARITIME IRELAND RADIO SHOW & PODCAST

This month’s edition of the MARITIME IRELAND RADIO SHOW covers a wide maritime panorama from aquaculture, where fish farmers say that they feel neglected by the Irish public. Listen to Michael Mulloy, Chairman of IFA Aquaculture. The importance of ferries to this island nation and a warship tragedy commemoration at an unusual graveyard are also discussed. Maritime Ireland is presented by Tom MacSweeney.

The May edition of the new Maritime Ireland Radio Show & Podcast by Marine Times Deputy Editor, Tom MacSweeney, is an hour-long programme providing the most comprehensive and informative coverage of Irish maritime affairs.

News 16th May:
Clifden RNLI bring their new ‘Launch a Memory’ lifeboat
St. Christopher home to an emotional welcome

Clifden RNLI’s new all-weather Shannon class lifeboat arrived to an emotional welcome from crowds gathered in the Connemara community to see it complete its week-long voyage home from the charity’s All Weather lifeboat centre in Poole. The lifesaving vessel is the first ‘Launch a Memory’ lifeboat to be put on service in Ireland. The St. Christopher carries the names of over 10,000 people on its hull, which were put there by members of the public through a special ‘in memory’ fundraising initiative for the charity.

The lifeboat arrived into the West of Ireland town on Saturday afternoon in a flotilla made up of Achill Island lifeboat, Clifden’s inshore lifeboat and the station’s relief Shannon class lifeboat, along with a group of local vessels. Friends, families and supporters lined the quayside to get a glimpse of the new €2.4 million search and rescue asset which arrived bathed in sunshine. Full story here

News 13th May:
Pringle Urges Minister to Stand Up For Fishing Communities

Independent TD for Donegal, Thomas Pringle, has urged Minister Charlie McConalogue to stand up for fishing communities, saying Irish fishing is dying “while other countries thrive off our waters”.

Addressing the Dáil on Thursday, Deputy Pringle said: “I have been contacted by many constituents in my hometown of Killybegs regarding the decision by the Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority to use a weighing system which renders fish unfit for human consumption. Full story here

News 11th May:
Howth's 'School of Fish' Launched

Dorans of Howth today hosted the “Howth School of Fish Visitor Experience”, an authentic fishing and maritime tourist attraction which is now open on the West Pier in Howth, Co. Dublin.

This new Howth based activity for tourists is both educational and fun. it includes elements of locally sourced sea to plate food tastings and highlights the sustainability of Irish seafood. This new culturally significant tourist experience will enhance Howth as a sustainable tourist destination, encouraging tourists to spend more time in the area. Full story here

Industry Short Changed and Bewildered

The approval by the EU Commission of the Brexit Adjustment Reserve funding has been welcomed, but the announcement has left industry short changed and bewildered as to the recommendations of the Seafood Taskforce, as the funding level is much less than what was recommended by the group.

The European Commission approved, under EU State aid rules, a €45 million Irish scheme to support the fish-processing sector affected by the effects of the withdrawal of the UK from the EU. Full story here

Brexit Voluntary Tie-up Scheme for fishing vessels to "improve quota availability for vessels who continue fishing"

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Charlie McConalogue today announced a 2022 Brexit Voluntary Temporary Fishing Vessel Tie-up Scheme for the polyvalent and beam trawl fleets.

The scheme is an extension of the 2021 Tie-up scheme, with some modifications, and will help mitigate the impacts of quota cuts for 2022 arising from the Brexit Trade and Cooperation Agreement. The scheme delivers on a recommendation of the Report of the Seafood Task Force – ‘Navigating Change’ (October 2021) and is proposed for funding under the EU Brexit Adjustment Reserve. Full story here

News 10th May:
BIM’s Taste the Atlantic, Young Chef Ambassador Programme 2022 Announced

Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), Ireland’s Seafood Development Agency, in collaboration with Chef Network Ireland and Fáilte Ireland have announced the Taste the Atlantic, Young Chef Ambassador Programme for 2022. The aim of the programme is to engage with five ambitious young chefs, and over a four-month period mentor them through an exciting journey of learning about Ireland’s premium seafood offering along the Atlantic seaboard. This is the second year of the successful programme. Five chefs took part in the programme in 2021.

Sean Moylan, Kelly Oysters, JP McMahon, Young Chef Mentor, Chef and Co-proprietor of Aniar, Cava, Sarah Browne, Young Chef Ambassador 2021, Letitia Wade, Programme Officer, Fáilte Ireland and Mairtín Walsh, Processing Development Executive, BIM at the announcement of the 2022 Taste the Atlantic, Young Chef Ambassador Programme.

The selected chefs will benefit from on-site farm visits with Taste the Atlantic seafood producers where they will learn first-hand how organic salmon, mussels and oysters are sustainably produced in Ireland. They will also receive training in social media, business, culinary and fish handling skills from experienced industry mentors, such as Michelin starred chef, JP McMahon. Each chef will be paired with a Taste the Atlantic producer to learn about the provenance of the seafood they produce, broadening their knowledge and inspiring them to create Irish seafood recipes. At the end of the programme, the chefs will work together to create a Taste the Atlantic menu, showcasing the skill and knowledge they have gained on their journey as ambassadors helping to highlight the quality and sustainably produced seafood on the Wild Atlantic Way as well as raising awareness of food tourism. Full story here

News 6th May:
Clifden RNLI to bring their new ‘Launch a Memory’ lifeboat home with 10,000 names onboard

A new all-weather RNLI Shannon class lifeboat is on its way home to its permanent base at Clifden in Connemara, where it will save lives off the west coast of Ireland. The lifeboat is a special one in the Irish fleet as it carries the names of over 10,000 people onboard, put there by members of the public through a special fundraising initiative which was run by the search and rescue charity back in 2020.

The lifeboat is due to arrive at Clifden next weekend (Saturday 14 / Sunday 15 May) with an opportunity for the public to get up close to the lifeboat on the Sunday morning at low tide when the vessel crew will be beached at the back of the lifeboat station on Clifden beach. Full story here

News 3rd May:
SFPA questioned by MEP over potential Irish Protocol breach

Sinn Féin MEP Chris MacManus has called on the Sea-Fisheries Protection Agency (SFPA) to respect the spirit of the Good Friday Agreement and the Irish Protocol after it emerged that the Agency wrote to fish processors, based in Killybegs, to inform them that their in-factory weigh permits have been removed on the basis that “the SFPA remains of the view that the landing took place outside of Ireland”.

This is a serious threat to the viability of these businesses. Full story here

News 30th April:
Government-sponsored discrimination and intimidation of fishing sector in Killybegs despicable

Rural Independent TD for Cork South-West Michael Collins TD has rounded angrily on the Minister for Fisheries Charlie Mc Conalogue, for allowing the Sea Fisheries Protection Agency (SFPA) to inflict ongoing intimidation and harassment on the entire Irish fishing industry, as witnessed first-hand in Killybegs over the last eight weeks.

Speaking from Leinster House, Deputy Collins asserted: “The ongoing treatment of the fishing sector by the Sea Fisheries Protection Agency is callous, calculated, and destructive. Perhaps what is even more galling, is that this is all occurring under the watch of Donegal fisheries Minister Charlie Mc Conalogue, who is standing idly by and allowing this torture and abuse of power by a state agency to continue.” Full story here

Irish Fish Producers Brief Brussels on Industry Needs

The Irish Fish Producers Organisation have held their first meeting with the EU Commission in Brussels this week, amid a series of 15 meetings with MEPs and officials. IFPO chief executive, Aodh O Donnell says there is a commitment now, from the Cabinet of Fisheries Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevicius, “to a process of engagement and communication, which is a very positive outcome for us.”

“We also feel that there’s a better understanding of what the Irish fishing industry needs to develop and grow.” Full story here

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