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BIM National Seafood Awards 2016

Group Shot of all Winners with Tara McCarthy, BIM CEO & Kieran Calnan, BIM Chairman and Howley family (BIM Lifetime Achievement Award) - full report, winne profiles and photos from the night in our December issue.

Inside our December issue this month:

Irish Government Gave Away A Natural Resource - €200m Loss to State
Marine Minister Intends to Restore Northern Irish Access to Republic Waters

“The question which must be answered by the Minister is does his Department genuinely not think that fish are a natural resource? If the answer is ‘no,’ who, in his name (and all of us), said that they were not?”

Major €21m Integrated Harbour Development Project Planned for Castletownbere

During a visit to Castletownbere Minister Michael Creed outlined his plans for a multi phased Harbour Integration Development Project for Castletownbere Fishery Harbour Centre. The new project will almost double the length of pier space on Dinish Island to over 400 metres, in addition to providing a fit for purpose Harbour Administration Building and associated works on the mainland. On the same day Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), Ireland’s Seafood Development Agency, announced that they are investing over €500,000 in a new fire training facility for the National Fisheries College in Castletownbere and in refurbishments to the Ice Plant to secure continuity in ice provision to the local fishing industry.

The Beautiful Bluefin – Friend or Foe

Atlantic Bluefin Tuna remind me somewhat of the White Rhino. Do not be found in possession of one; do not have one on your land because you are responsible for protecting it. When I visited South Africa last year I was dumbstruck with the reality of what it takes to protect endangered animals.

The Mannequin Challenge

Doing the rounds on the Internet at present is a clever “meme” where normally sane members of the public freeze in place in a pub, party or club while a cameraperson walks through the crowd as if it is a 3D photograph of a snapshot in time. For the aquaculture industry in Ireland, trying to operate and make progress feels like that cameraman: Wherever you wander, time seems to have come to a sudden halt.

Who Owns Lough Foyle?

The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, James Brokenshire, maintains that “the whole of Lough Foyle is within the UK.” It is the estuary of the River Foyle which is about twenty miles long and is regarded as being formed upstream of Derry, between Lifford in Co.Donegal and Strabane in County Tyrone by the joining of the rivers Mourne and Finn.

“Jueast” ahead of “Ardent” on their way back into Dunmore East.

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In the December edition of the MARINE TIMES we will be hearing that there are problems in the Coast Guard. West Cork Independent member of the Dáil, Michael Collins, T.D., questioned the Taoiseach about the situation and said that voluntary members of the Coast Guard were "not respected." You can hear a preview of what he has been saying on this edition of THE MARITIME PROGRAMME - THIS ISLAND NATION, which is supported by this newspaper. Also on the programme you can cross the Equator with a solo sailor calling from his boat, hear an optimistic view of cruise ships in Ireland and about the success of Irish anglers internationally.

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UK fishermen’s federations adopt united stance on Brexit

The UK’s two main representative organisations for commercial fishermen – the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) and the National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations (NFFO) – have agreed upon common principles to ensure the best possible deal for coastal communities in the forthcoming Brexit negotiations.

The two federations met in Edinburgh on Friday 25 November and agreed the key outcomes they want to achieve from negotiations to leave the EU.

Fishermen across the UK have welcomed Brexit as providing a historic opportunity to secure significant economic benefit to coastal communities once the UK regains control of its 200 mile Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

At the meeting between the two federations, it was agreed that they would seek the following outcomes from Brexit:

· Fairer shares of catching opportunity for UK vessels.

· Full control over access to the UK EEZ by fishing fleets.

· Creation of a fit-for-purpose management and regulation system, including a grass roots revision of fisheries management based on sustainable harvesting and sound science.

· Establishment of mutually beneficial trading relationships with the EU and other countries.

The federations also agreed that there must be no roll-over of the current Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) and that negotiations regarding fisheries should not be entangled with non-fisheries issues.

Furthermore, the federations insist that negotiations must benefit all sectors of the fishing industry. Inshore and offshore fleets, fish and shellfish all stand to benefit from the opportunities that the UK’s exit from the EU provides.

In particular, the federations believe this is an opportunity to go beyond the limited achievements of the CFP. An ambitious management strategy for UK waters that will provide environmentally sustainable, high yield and profitable fisheries for the future must be created. In particular there is a need to devise and implement a workable discards policy.

Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the SFF said: “Brexit has monumental significance for the nation’s fishing industry and our coastal communities in terms of providing the opportunity for a significant increase in economic activity. It is vital that fishermen across the UK speak with a united voice to ensure that the UK and devolved governments fight for the interests of these communities in the forthcoming negotiations.

“The UK fishing industry is speaking with one voice – it is a sea of opportunity that must not be traded away."

Barrie Deas, chief executive of the NFFO, which represents a broad section of fishermen across England, Northern Ireland and Wales, said: “We see the UK’s departure from the EU and therefore the CFP as an opportunity to address the distortions that were built into the CFP from its inception. The UK industry is united that this is a once in a generation opportunity to put things right.”.

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Waterford Fisherman Colin Dwan Invests
In A New Catamaran MFV Kate-D W124

Fisherman Colin Dwan from Bunmahon in County Waterford has recently taken delivery of a new Cougar Displacement Catamaran which he purchased from Audacious Marine in Ramsgate, UK. The new boat is the MFV Kate-D W124 called after Colin and his wife Ailis’s three year old daughter Kate.

Irish Researchers Help Solve Mystery of One of fhe Great Animal Migrations

As Part of New International Research
Eels from Ireland travel as far as Azores in new study - Irish researchers from Inland Fisheries Ireland have contributed to an EU funded research which has helped solve the deepest secrets of oceanic migration and behaviour of one of Europe’s most mysterious fish, the European eel. The international research team, led by the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) in the UK, tracked more than 700 eels as they made their annual mass migration from Europe to the Sargasso Sea. Over 200 tags were recovered, allowing the scientists to map more than 5,000 kilometres of the migration route.

Read more in our December issue

Bord Iascaigh Mhara Announce an Investment of Over €500,000 in Safety Training and Ice Provision for Castletownbere

Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), Ireland’s Seafood Development Agency, are investing over €500,000 in a new fire training facility for the National Fisheries College in Castletownbere and in refurbishments to the Ice Plant to secure continuity in ice provision to the local fishing industry.

Proposal by ISWFPO to Reduce the Effect of Lack of Irish Quota Taken to Europe

The implementation of the landing obligation has a much more significant impact on the Irish fishing fleet that for many of the other European registered vessels fishing due to the limited amount of quota available to them for most stocks in Irish waters.

Consultation on Proposal for Minimum Landing Size for Velvet Crabs Launched

The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) has launched a public consultation to gather views on proposed management practices to introduce a minimum landing size for Velvet Crabs.

Official Launch of “Life on the Irish Coast”

An enjoyable night was had down in Dunmore East in the Haven Hotel where up to 300 people thronged the room to celebrate the launch of Stephanie Salmon’s book “Life on the Irish Coast”. Stephanie Salmon is a photographer from Renvyle in Connemara and for the last few months she has been travelling around the coast of Ireland taking photos of people involved in the fishing business as well as harbours, piers, fishing towns and villages from along the coast.

Read more in our December issue

Marine Times - Rogues Gallery

In every issue of the Marine Times we feature great photos of crews from around the coast that make a living in our seas in the Irish fishing fleet:
Pictured above Declan Doogan and Michael Cavanagh in Dunmore East! (Photo by WP) See more crew photos in our current issue in shops now!
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