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The September edition of MARINE TIMES RADIO focuses, as does the paper itself, continues its coverage of the crisis in the fishing industry - IFA Aquaculture says Marine Minister has not helped the seafood industry... Click on banner above to listen


The September edition of the MARITIME IRELAND RADIO SHOW challenges Government on its marine policies and asks if it will support the Grace O'Malley tall ship for Ireland. It also reports how an offshore island, once a strong fishing community, has only one fishing boat left and is finding alternative ways to maintain its population. Cape Clear has a determined community. So has Cromane in County Kerry which is marking its success in oyster and mussel farming and is another topic in the show, as is the project to restore Galway Bay oysters, also reported on. The Cuan Beo organisation outlines its work. Aquaculture farmers say the Marine Minister has not helped them, there is a report about river weirs which affect fish stocks from Annacotty on the Shannon and from France, where he is starting the race, Irish solo sailor Pat Lawless discusses how he overcame penalties imposed on him by the organisers of the Golden Globe non-stop around the world race and says he will still take part in it for eight months. The programme is presented by Marine Times Deputy Editor Tom MacSweeney.

News 26th September:
Marine Minister Refuses to Draw Down EU Fuel Aid Despite Zero Cost to Irish Exchequer

Fishing industry representatives say they are confounded and disappointed by the Government’s repeated refusal to draw down EU fuel aid. They met with the Minister for the Marine on Friday and urged him to secure the existing EU aid to help with the crippling costs of going to sea.

However, Minister McConalogue failed to meet this demand, although it would incur no cost to the Irish exchequer. Furthermore, a statement issued by the Minister after the meeting on Friday made no reference to the EU fuel aid scheme. Full story here

News 23rd September:
Port of Cork Company Officially Launches €89 million Cork Container Terminal

“The biggest investment in port infrastructure in the history of the state”

Following years of significant planning, investment and development, the Port of Cork Company (PoCC) has officially launched its new state-of-the-art Cork Container Terminal (CCT) in Ringaskiddy on Friday, September 23rd 2022.

The launch of CCT is a hugely important milestone for the PoCC and represents the largest single investment in marine infrastructure of any Irish port over the last 100 years. The new terminal, which is the result of an €89 million investment, became operational in April 2022 and enables the port to deliver more efficient container handling facilities. Full story here

News 22nd September:
Early morning call out for Ballyglass RNLI to assist four fishermen on 55ft drifting vessel in Donegal Bay

Ballyglass RNLI came to aid of four fishermen in Donegal Bay in the early hours of Wednesday morning (21 September) after their 55ft trawler got into difficulty overnight.

The volunteer crew left their beds when they were requested to launch their all-weather lifeboat by Malin Head Coast Guard at 2.20am and go to the aid of a drifting trawler four miles west of Malin Beg in Donegal. Full story here

BIM Teams Up with RNLI to Highlight Lifesaving Strategies for Fishers at Sea

Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), Ireland’s Seafood Development Agency has partnered up with the RNLI to deliver a series of one day Man Overboard experiences aimed at Irish Fishers this autumn. The aim is to highlight the importance of wearing a correctly fitted Personal Floatation Device (PFD) and ensure Fishers are ready to implement their vessels Man Overboard (MOB) recovery plan. Participants will experience first-hand the difference between falling overboard in challenging sea conditions with no Personal Floatation Device, followed by the same experience with their PFD correctly fitted.

Although the conditions are controlled, they provide a realistic experience, simulating the impact of work clothing, oilskins, and boots on a person’s buoyancy, coupled with challenging sea conditions. The class also looks at the importance of having and following your Man Overboard recovery plan. Full story here

News 20th September:
Budget must deliver urgent supports to address fishing industry fuel crisis

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Fisheries and the Marine, Pádraig Mac Lochlainn TD, has called on the Minister for the Marine, Charlie McConalogue, to introduce an emergency financial aid package in next week’s Budget to address the unprecedented fuel crisis in the Irish fishing industry.

He was speaking after meeting a delegation of leading representatives of the fishing industry in Ireland. Full story here

News 13th September:
Brexit Voluntary Permanent Cessation Scheme Open for Applications

BIM has announced the Brexit Voluntary Permanent Cessation (“decommissioning”) Scheme is open for applications.

The purpose of the scheme is to restore balance between the fishing fleet capacity and available quotas following quota reductions arising from the Brexit Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) between the EU and the UK. The scheme follows from a recommendation of the Seafood Task Force, established by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Charlie McConalogue TD, in 2021. Full story here

News 12th September:
Fishermen unable to sustain rocketing fuel costs

The Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation (KFO) has called for immediate political action to alleviate the soaring cost of fuel which has many fishermen on the brink and is causing untold hardship and anxiety for the industry.

Chief Executive, Seán O’Donoghue said that the Irish Government has been given approval for such a support scheme for the sector which is already in place in many other EU member states. Governments in those countries have acted swiftly to provide a beleaguered industry with financial support to offset the huge spike in fuel costs. Full story here

News 8th September:
Fishing Bodies Present Their Case to Tánaiste

Fishing bodies have described as positive a meeting they held with Tánaiste Leo Varadkar earlier this week, at his office in Government buildings. The meeting was arranged by Manus Boyle and Declan Lovett of the Dunkineely and Killybegs Branch of Fine Gael.

“This was a positive joint engagement of the Irish Fish Producers Organisation (IFPO and Irish Fish Processors & Exporters Association (IFPEA),” said IFPO chief executive, Aodh O Donnell. “This is the first step in a process aimed at ongoing engagement on the developmental needs of the seafood sector.” Full story here

News 5th September:
Kinsale RNLI lifesavers feature in new series of Saving Lives at Sea documentary

The RNLI volunteer crew at Kinsale will feature in the brand new series of popular BBC Two programme Saving Lives at Sea this week.

Featuring footage captured on helmet cameras, the primetime documentary series lets viewers witness rescues through the eyes of the RNLI lifesavers while meeting the people behind the pagers. Full story here

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