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Skippers and their families filleted fish in Castletownbere Fishermans Co Op and gave away 40 boxes of fish worth €4,000 free on Saturday 21st March - pictured are Owner / Manager Super Valu, Chris Downey; William Power and Damien Turner skipper. Photo courtesy Anne Marie Cronin Photography


The new Chief Executive of the Marine Institute speaks about the importance of the oceans and the particular importance of fisheries, as he outlines what his focus will be for the Institute over the next few years.

Dr.Paul Connolly says the fishing industry is of particular importance, but that its future will be affected by the importance of sustainability and environmental considerations. These aspects will be particularly important for the fishing industry, he says.

Dr. Connolly says that, looking to the future, the sustainability of the resource is a vital matter.

He says that the development of marine protected areas can be expected and the effect on fishing will be examined, but need not be considered necessarily to be restrictive. These developments can be good for the maritime sphere and for fishing. They will be considered carefully.

Dr. Connolly says that there is more and better public understanding of the importance of the oceans and he reminds people that seven of the ten breaths every human takes has a dependence on the oxygen which comes from the oceans.

This edition of the programme is presented by my colleague, Justin Maher.

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March 2020 issue in shops this week

  • The State Needs to Wake Up to the Potential of Irish Fishing

    The Chief Executive of one of the country’s leading fish processing companies has urged the Government to “wake up” and realise the potential of the Irish fishing and seafood industry.

    In an interview with the MARINE TIMES Denis Good, Founder and Chairman of the Good Fish Company, says that “the CFP is dead following Brexit” and that this “provides an opportunity to correct the mistake made when Irish fishing rights were given away.”

  • Closure of Markets Bring Razor Clam Fishery to a Virtual Standstill

    The Coronavirus epidemic is causing chaos to many sectors of the Irish seafood export trade through the closure of the valuable Chinese markets. One particular fishery which is extremely affected by the outbreak is the Razor clam fishery.

  • Prawn Case Seems Set for European Court

    The Supreme Court heard further legal submissions in February about the ongoing Porcupine Bank Dublin Bay Prawn fishery case. These concerned aspects and information sought by the Court Judges in relation to making a decision about whether the case will be referred to the European Court of Justice.

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Bord Iascaigh Mhara to Increase Visibilty of Women in Ireland’s Seafood Industry

Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), Ireland’s Seafood Development Agency, today, 6th March 2018, launched a promotional campaign to profile the important role women play in Ireland’s Seafood Sector. The Irish Seafood Sector contributed €1.15 billion to Ireland’s GDP in 2017. However women’s participation in the industry remains low. Just over one in ten (11.7%) employees in fishing, forestry and agriculture sectors in Ireland is female. This is significantly lower than the EU average of 36.9%. ‘I'm Trudy McIntyre, from Dunmore East, Co Waterford. I'm the daughter of a fishing family and now the wife of a fisherman, Shane McIntyre with two young daughters. I came into fishing through my father, spending time with him when he was out working on the boat.'


The Future of the Legendary Galway Hookers

The legendary Galway Hookers are the subject of our monthly interview in which the Chairman of Cumann HúcéirÍ na Gaillimhe, the Galway Hookers Association, Dr. Michael Brogan, talks to Marine Times Deputy Editor, Tom MacSweeney, about the future of these iconic West of Ireland boats and says they are a maritime art, the preservation of which deserves official support. The sight of a Galway Hooker under full sail is a wonderful spectacle, which can lift the heart of anyone with a maritime feeling. To helm one is even more stirring – and demanding. The feeling of power which comes through the tiller is astonishing, as I found on the helm of the MacDuach, the biggest of the Hookers.

Tabú - Gafa sna Líonta TG4 Documentary »

Tabú - Gafa sna Líonta TG4 Documentary

Despite having the richest fishing waters in Europe, Ireland’s fishing industry and fishing communities are swimming against the tide. Gafa sna Líonta tells the stories of those struggling to make a living and to make ends meet on our coastline. Filmed in the fishing towns of Castletownbere, Dunmore East and Heilbhic, this immersive documentary chronicles the challenges each season brings on sea and on land for our coastal communities.

opinion »

Eaten Bread Etc???

Art Kavanagh: I read in disbelief of the proposed write downs in some high profile debts and wonder how people are allowed to keep Houses that they have effectively not paid for. When you borrow money and give security – you are warned that in the event of non payment you are likely to forfeit the Security. That was the deal you signed up to. The lenders responsibility was to allow you to draw the Loan once it is approved. Your responsibility or your part of the deal is to pay the loan off or forfeit the Security you gave for the Loan.

Rogues Gallery in the Marine Times Newspaper

    Joefy checking images and of his 'younger days' in the September issue of the Marine Times in Power's Centra in Dunmore East - Photo courtesy William Power

    Video Gallery on the Marine Times Newspaper website

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