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MARINE TIMES - WEEKENDER: Saturday 19th September

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  • Marine Times Podcast

    Marine Minister Rejects Fishing Industry Request To Change Penalty Points Legislation – More Legal Action Possible 

    Minister for the Marine Charlie McConalogue has refused to change the Penalty Points Statutory Instrument re-introduced by the Taoiseach, Micheál Martin, despite the intense anger against government in the fishing industry. He conveyed this view to the industry at a meeting on Wednesday, despite his previous personal and political party, Fianna Fail’s, opposition to Penalty Points. Now that the Minister is in government, he has expressed a different view. It is possible that there could be another legal battle between fishermen and the government over this issue.

    On the MARINE TIMES PODCAST this week the Chief Executive of the Irish South and West Fish Producers’ Organisation, Patrick Murphy, discusses this issue and Brexit. The public does not know just how badly the fishing industry has been treated by the Government, he says.

    "Fishermen risk their lives every day when they go to sea. They responded to the Government’s urging to continue fishing during the worst of the Covid-19 pandemic to supply food and got very little help in return.”

    Listen to the podcast here»

  • NEWS

    No Resolution To Penalty Points Controversy

    There has not been a positive resolution to the Penalty Points issue from the “Webex Introductory Meeting,” as it was described by the Department of the Marine, between the fishing industry and Minister Charlie McConalogue, held on Wednesday last.

    The Department issued a statement afterwards which said: “The Minister listened to industry concerns regarding the Statutory Instrument on points for the serious infringement of the Common Fisheries Policy. The Minister explained Ireland’s position and noted the commitment of all to effective controls to protect the valuable fishing resources in Ireland’s 200-miles zone and the need for the country to meet its EU obligations in the area.”

    The statement quoted Minister McConalogue: “I was very glad to have the opportunity today to meet with the fishing industry representatives. We had a very useful exchange on the challenges for the sector posed by the UK’s exit from the EU and the Statutory Instrument on Points. I intend to continue this close engagement with the fishing industry going forward.”

    However, that does not appear to be the full story.

    Read the full article here»

  • NEWS

    No Brexit Agreement In Sight And No Alternative ‘Plan B’ By Government for Fishing

    The four Fish Producer Organisations - Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation; Irish South and East; Irish South and West and the Irish Fish Producers Organisation; the Irish Fish Processors and Exporters Association and the National Inshore Fisherman’s Forum met Minister for the Marine, Charlie McConalogue, through the “Webex Introductory Meeting” on Wednesday.

    A Department of the Marine statement said afterwards that this was to “reconfirm the Government’s commitment to a Fisheries Agreement with the UK that protects Ireland’s fishing industry.”

    The statement note that “fishing industry representatives explained the very serious implications for the Irish fishing industry and our coastal communities of no fisheries agreement with the UK or any fisheries agreement which grants the UK’s demands for a greater share of fish stocks and restricted access to UK fishing grounds.

    Read the full article here»



Understand The Past To Help Predict The Future »

Scientists from NUI Galway, the University of Southampton UK, University of Bremen, Germany, and Bergen University, have returned to Galway after 24 days in the Nordic and Greenland Seas to investigate past climate change in the Arctic region

The Irish-led team of scientists was on board the Marine Institute’s RV Celtic Explorer monitoring and capturing a record of temperature, salinity and the carbonate system to improve understanding of essential climate variables and how they are recorded in geologic archives.

Tipping the Scales »

Morgan’s Fine Fish have launched healthy ‘Ready to Cook’ seafood meals. Morgan’s Seafood Kitchen, an exciting new range of delicious healthy ‘ready to cook’ meals, was officially launched with the help of entrepreneur and qualified weight management expert Karen Daly.

The innovative new range developed by Morgan’s Fine Fish, one of Ireland’s longest established seafood suppliers, meets the ever growing demand for quick, easy to cook nutritious meals for people on the go.


'love seafood' sneak peek of new consumer brand »

Seafish in the UK are introducing ‘Love Seafood’ to the seafood industry during a series of webinars, allowing businesses to hear from their marketing team on the new initiative's vision and strategy and how businesses can get involved.

Also; The international aquaculture industry united virtually for the much-anticipated results of the 2020 Aquaculture Awards. The awards recognise and reward the excellence that is vital to the continuing development of a sustainable worldwide aquaculture industry – highlighting the impressive array of talents, achievements, and technical innovations on offer within this fast-growing sector. Although there was no physical ceremony this year due to the UK’s ongoing coronavirus restrictions, there was plenty of celebration to go round with a record 14 winners announced for 2020.


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MARINE TIMES - WEEKENDER: Saturday 12th September

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  • Marine Times Podcast

    “Root-and-branch review of Marine Department and all its agencies needed because of huge gap of distrust" 

    There is need for a “root-and-branch review” of the Department of the Marine and all its agencies.

    This is the view of Padraig MacLochlainn, Sinn Fein’s Spokesperson on Fisheries and the Marine on this week’s MARINE TIMES WEEKENDER. “The common denominator with every single person I have spoken to is their distrust with those at the higher echelons of the Department of the Marine and their disillusionment with them. I am really alarmed at the range of fishermen in every sector I have spoken to who have no confidence in those at senior levels in the Department. A huge gap of distrust has built up,” he tells Marine Times Deputy Editor, Tom MacSweeney.

    Listen to the podcast here»

  • NEWS

    Minister Tells Dáil He Will Meet Fishing Industry

    “I will meet the sector next week,” Marine Minister Charlie McConalogue told Sinn Fein’s Spokesman on Fisheries and the Marine in the Dáil on Tuesday evening during an exchange between the two men about the Penalty Points controversy.

    He indicated that he shared with the Deputy the “voice, contribution and what the sector has to say” on behalf of fishermen.

    Concern About SFPA Accountability

    There are serious concerns about the lack of accountability of the Sea Fisheries Protection Authority,” the Fisheries and Marine Spokesman of Sinn Fein told the Dáil.

    Read the full article here»

  • NEWS

    Lack of Government Guidance for Fishing If No EU/UK Brexit Deal

    Amidst increasing concern that the UK Government is using fisheries as a ‘bargaining chip’ in the “on/off” Brexit deal discussions with the EU and uncertainty about how it will affect the Irish fishing industry, the question what State aid might be made available to the fishing sector is unclear.

    New SFPA Technology System

    The SFPA is to roll-out of a new IT system to support increased compliance with sea-fisheries regulations. “VALID" is a fully automated crosscheck system that will automatically verify data, including in real time.

    Read the full article here»



Decoration In Dunmore East »

A fisheries-themed mural has been painted on the wall of the SFPA Port Office in Dunmore East harbour. Fifth Year Ardscoil na Mara Tramore student, Sarah Rogers, designed the winning entry in an art competition to recognise and celebrate the region’s deep ties with the fishing industry

Also: The CEO of the Irish Exports Association has said there is an "enormous level of concern" over the UK Government's new draft legislation which could affect shipping of Irish produce; Five local Councils, in cities and counties around the country, are now considering banning what has been termed as the "killer inflatable toys" from local beaches.


‘Protect Fish’ Message Delivered to EU Commissioner»

The English organisation, Funding Fish, registered as a charity, has been supported by 300 scientific staff in European universities in a campaign message “Our Fish” delivered to EU Commissioner for the Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, Virginijus Sinkevicius, in Brussels.

Also; Mackerel were not found in Greenland, there was a reduction in Icelandic waters, but there was an increase in the central and northern Norwegian Sea, according to the annual survey carried out by those countries, by Denmark and the Faroe Islands of pelagic stocks in the North Atlantic; Norway’s Fisheries and Seafood Minister is to hold an “urgent industry meeting with fish farming companies to discuss “the rising number of salmon escapes over the past few months.”


MARINE TIMES - WEEKENDER: Saturday 5th September

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  • Marine Times Podcast

    “We Cannot Understand the Mentality Behind the Unfairness to Fishermen" 

    The Chief Executive of the Irish Fish Producers’ Organisation (IFPO). John Ward, says the industry cannot understand the mentality which has shown “such unfairness to fishermen” in the controversial new Penalty Points proposals signed by Taoiseach Micheál Martin. On this week’s MARINE TIMES Podcast, he says that no meeting with the industry has yet been offered to discuss the situation, but is hopeful of a development in the week ahead.

    “We would like to think we could have a meeting with the Minister and some compromises can be reached,” the IFPO CEO says and that it is understandable that the newly-appointed Minister for the Marine needs time to deal with the issue. He tells Marine Times Deputy Editor, Tom MacSweeney, in the Podcast that he is prepared to accept that the Taoiseach has so much to deal with nationally that he may have been “blindsided by his officials” into signing the Penalty Points Statutory Instrument.

    Listen to the podcast here»

  • NEWS

    Minister Needs to Listen to Stakeholders – Says New Marine Minister!

    “The Minister needs to listen to the stakeholders in the industry. He is in a position of leadership and needs to bring people in this sector with him.”

    Those were the words of the new Minister for the Marine, Charlie McConalogue of Fianna Fáil, in May when he criticised former Minister, Michael Creed and supported the country’s four fish producer organisations in their rejection of then Minister Creed’s Voluntary Fleet Tie-up Scheme during the Covid-19 pandemic.

    No Talks Yet Arranged On Penalty Points

    As at this weekend, no talks have yet been arranged between the fishing industry and government about the Penalty Points controversy. Castletownbere-based West Cork TD Christopher O’Sullivan told the Irish South and West FPO last Sunday that he would seek to arrange a meeting.

    Read the full article here»

  • NEWS

    Former EU Commissioner Accused of Doing Damage to Lobster Fishery

    The Department of the Marine has not yet fully assessed the implications of the agreement which former EU Commissioner Phil Hogan agreed with the US. It has been hailed in America as “a great deal for our lobster industry.”

    But it does not appear so good to Irish lobster fishermen.

    “EU must support Irish Lobster Fishers following removal of US lobster tariff” – Chris MacManus MEP

    Sinn Féin MEP for te North West, Chris MacManus has called on EU authorities to announce financial supports for Irish fishers to be introduced following their Commission’s decision to lift previously imposed tariffs on live US lobster imports, criticising the decision where no consultation took place with Irish fishing representative groups.

    Read the full article here»



Coast Guard Require a New Fleet Of Vehicles? »

The Coast Guard may have to purchase a new fleet of vehicles because of problems which have been detected with a number already bought at a cost of nearly 1.5m Euros. The issue appears related particularly to volunteer units needing to carry heavy equipment, such as for use in cliffside situations.

Also; “The Summer of Inflatables” – Water Safety Ireland Chief Says They Would Welcome A Ban On Them. It has been called “the summer of inflatables” by rescue service personnel – the number of emergency calls to adults and children using what have been described as “killer” or “dangerous toy boats.”


another rare catch in irish waters »

While angling in the Shannon Estuary, off Cappagh Pier, Co Clare on 27 August 2020, Clive Morgan captured and released several Spanish or Axillary Sea Bream (Pagellus acarne). The specimens, which measured c.20 cm in length, represent the first confirmed records of P. acrane from Irish waters.

Although Spanish Sea Bream are commonly found southwards from the Bay of Biscay to Senegal (including Madeira, Canaries and Cape Verde Islands) and the Mediterranean, where it is commercially important, the species is regarded as extremely rare in NW European waters, particularly northwards of the English Channel. Indeed, since 1833, only 26 specimens have been authenticated, including the northernmost record which was captured during September 1966 off the Väderöarna Islands, Bohuslän, SW Sweden (Skagerrak) [58.6oN, 11.1oE].

Japanese MSC Tuna & land grown flat oysters»

The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) decision to give its certification, the global standard for sustainable fishing. to a apanese longline tuna fishery has been has been met with criticism that it will “hinder the full recovery of one of the world’s most valuable fish stocks”.

Also; After two years of research a Tilapia breeding and genetics centre is to be built in the State of Tocantins in Brazil by the GenoMar Genetics Group. It will be the first of its kind for Tilapia species in the Latin American region; A plan to produce native flat oysters on land has been announced by the Orkney Shellfish Hatchery in Scotland.


MARINE TIMES - WEEKENDER: Saturday 29th August

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  • Marine Times Podcast

    Celebrating the Smaller, Natural Harbours 

    Ireland’s last traditional sailing and trading schooner, the ILEN, is carrying-out a community and cultural voyage “to celebrate the smaller natural harbours” of Ireland.

    Kinsale, Baltimore, North Harbour Cape Clear, Dingle, Kilrush, Foynes, Limerick City Kilronan in the Aran Islands are ports for the first stage of the voyage, “plying a time-honoured mode of sea trade.” Next month ILEN will go to the bigger ports of Cork and Dublin.

    On this week’s Podcast James Lyons who is the ILEN’s manager of the voyage tells Marine Times Deputy Editor, Tom MacSweeney, about the voyage “transporting cargoes of local food and beverage producers under sail by wind power, raising awareness of Ireland's ancient seaways, while exploiting their capacity for building relationships between coastal communities.”

    Listen to the podcast here»

  • NEWS

    Cultural Values In Small-Scale Fisheries Management

    The cultural heritage associated with the sea, fishing and the small-scale fleets and how to value that contribution so that it can be accounted for in State decision-making and policies is to be discussed in a Webinar on Wednesday week, September 9, arranged by BIM. Free participation is available.

    Is Govt Still "Land-Bound" In Mentality?

    "More than they gave fishing vessel owners at the most difficult time in their history." That was some of the response from the fishing industry to the Government announcement of continued support for Social Farming under Rural Innovation and Development Fund. Is the Government still of "land-bound" mentality?

    Read the full article here»

  • NEWS

    Bord Bia Promotes Whitefish

    Bord Bia has launched a campaign to encourage consumers to eat Irish whitefish. “It is intended to support local fishermen by embracing whitefish for its local provenance and health benefits,” Bord Bia says. It has developed “easy-to-use home recipes” and points to the “health benefits” of eating whitefish.

    Third Oilfish Caught in Irish Waters

    Only the third oilfish caught in Irish waters since 1934 was taken by the trawler Cisemair out of Castletownbere about 80 nautical miles South West of the coast.

    RNLI Appeals for Local Business Support To Share Safety Advice

    The RNLI is appealing, through its local stations, to businesses to become RNLI local ambassadors by sharing key water safety advice to help keep people safe.

    Read the full article here»



Millions Arrive in Achill! »

It was described as “a rare and freak occurrence in Achill” when, on the evening tide, “millions of sprat came into Purteen Harbour and thousands of mackerel followed to feast on them.”

Also; Invasive chub have been confirmed in the River Inny in Longford, according to Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI).A single fish was caught on rod and line at one of a number of places where IFI staff recorded possible sightings following reports from members of the public. Chub are non-native to Ireland. They have the potential to compete with native species for food and space as well as be a carrier of fish diseases and parasites.

Drop In Landings By Irish Vessels »

Figures just released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) show that landings by Irish vessels decreased by almost 19,000 tonnes last year, a drop of 8.9%. Last year, 194,956 tonnes were landed by Irish vessels compared to 213,897 tonnes in 2018.


The statistics showed that ‘landings by Irish vessels into Irish ports dropped by 5.7% or 10,453 tonnes. Landings by Irish vessels in foreign ports decreased by 28.7% or 8,487 tonnes. Landings by foreign vessels in Ireland decreased by 22% or 29,091 tonnes.


coming in our september issue »

Killybegs Seine Netters - Shaun Shaun and Sharlisa: by Richard Mc Cormick, President Emeritus, Maritime Institute of Ireland

Having learned their fishing skills from their Dingle born father Paddy Joe Moore and their uncles Martin, Benny and Mossy, three Killybegs Skippers, Paidín, Hughie and Michael soon gained well-deserved accolades as ‘great men with the ropes’.

In the early 1980’s the prevailing trend in Killybegs was to build ever larger pelagic Refrigerated Sea Water tank vessels targeting mackerel, herring and scad, so investing in a brand new steel 50 foot (15.25m) whitefish seine netter powered by a 230 HP Gardner engine on the NW coast was a noteworthy event in the Irish fishing industry.

BRITISH POLITICIANS CAMPAIGN AGAINST SUPERTRAWLERS »

“The writing is on the wall for supertrawlers in UK waters" according to the international environmental organisation, Greenpeace.

Also; The Scottish pelagic industry is carrying out a project to improve knowledge of herring and provide data to ICES to assist in assessing the herring stocks and developing a rebuilding plan; Southern California and the Gulf of Mexico where waters are under Federal US control have been designated as the first two regions to be ‘Aquaculture Opportunity Areas’ by NOAA Fisheries, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.


MARINE TIMES - WEEKENDER: Saturday 22nd August

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  • Marine Times Podcast

    Lack of a Strong Voice at the Cabinet Table 

    Alex Crowley, Secretary General of the National Inshore Fishermen’s Association, outlines the crisis facing the sector on the MARINE TIMES PODCAST this week. He discusses with Marine Times Deputy Editor, Tom MacSweeney, concerns about future survival and the impact of the resignation of Marine Minister Dara Calleary on the Brexit negotiations.

    Mr. Crowley says that the lack of a strong voice at the Cabinet table, is seriously damaging. Members of NIFA have suffered a 50 per cent reduction of income and even more during the Summer months which are essential to survival as the industry faces into the Autumn, he says. The serious worry amongst those in the sector about survival should be understood by government and a stronger, positive, helpful response given, because the inshore fishing sector is vital for coastal areas, economically and in employment, he says.

    Listen to the podcast here»

  • NEWS

    Is a little Political Stability for Fishing too much to ask for?

    “What a disaster, the inshore fishing sector is in the midst of an unprecedented economic crisis. Is a little political stability in this portfolio too much to ask for?” That was the comment of the National Inshore Fishermen’s Association following the resignation of the Minister for the Marine Dara Calleary.

    The Minister’s resignation has caused concern throughout the industry because of the ongoing difficult Brexit negotiations.. It takes time for a new Minister to become acquainted with the brief. Former Minister Calleary had been engaged in his first round of EU contacts and other meetings were scheduled.

    Read the full article here»

  • NEWS

    New Water Stewardship Programme

    BIM is to launch a new Water Stewardship Support Programme this Tuesday, August 25, for seafood processors. The launch will be live-streamed for the sector at 9.30 a.m. Registration can be done on www.smartwater.ie/bim

    Largest Mass Stranding in Ireland of Bottlenose Whales

    Seven Northern Bottlenose Whales died in what has been described as the largest mass stranding of its kind in Ireland. The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) confirmed the deaths on Rossnowlagh beach.

    Water Heritage Day

    “Stories from the Waterside,” a collection of short stories celebrating individual connections with Ireland’s rivers, lakes and beaches has been published to mark Water Heritage Day which is this Sunday, August 23.

    Read the full article here»



Trade deal a 'kick in the teeth' for fishermen »

In what fishermen are describing as another kick in the teeth, Ireland’s EU commissioner, the EU trade commissioner, Phil Hogan has welcomed a trade deal that is likely to depress Irish lobster prices further.

United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and European Union Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan have announced agreement on a package of tariff reductions that will increase market access for hundreds of millions of dollars in U.S. and EU exports. These tariff reductions are the first U.S.-EU negotiated reductions in duties in more than two decades. Under the agreement, the EU will eliminate tariffs on imports of U.S. live and frozen lobster products. U.S. exports of these products to the EU were over $111 million in 2017. The EU will eliminate these tariffs on a Most Favored Nation (MFN) basis, retroactive to begin August 1, 2020.

Tenders sought for Killybegs 2040 »

Donegal County Council is delighted to announce that tenders are being sought for Architect Led Design Team services to deliver regeneration project ‘Killybegs 2040’ through the stages of detailed design and construction supervision to final certification and handover.


This significant regeneration project has a value of €4.84m and is funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development under the Rural Regeneration & Development Fund, which is a flagship element of Project Ireland 2040. The project is the result of collaboration with the local community, Donegal County Council and the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.


EU Mission Citizen Survey opens in Ireland »

The Marine Institute and the European Commission are inviting the people of Ireland to contribute to a better, bluer future for our ocean, seas, coastal and inland waters, by completing an online survey. Irish citizens can share what they believe are the top priorities for the health of our ocean and inland waters and how we can sustainably use and benefit from our marine and aquatic resources.

The online survey supports the European Union’s Mission for Healthy Oceans, Seas, Coastal and Inland Waters. The Mission aims to know, restore and protect our ocean and waters by 2030, by reducing human pressures on marine and freshwater environments, restoring degraded ecosystems and sustainably harnessing the essential goods and services they provide.

UK Fishermen asked to share impacts of Covid-19 »

Seafish, the public body that supports the £10bn UK seafood industry, will contact all owners of UK registered vessels to invite them to complete the annual socio-economic survey. The UK fleet survey asks questions about the financial and operational performance of fishing businesses.

Questions on the impact of Covid-19 are a major part of the survey this year. There will also be an opportunity for vessel owners to say how effective government support measures have been for their businesses. The fleet survey is usually undertaken by a team of researchers visiting hundreds of ports and harbours across the UK. Due to Covid-19 and challenges with travel and physical distancing, a different approach is being taken this year. Vessel owners will be posted a pack containing the survey form and guidance on how to complete it.


MARINE TIMES - WEEKENDER: Saturday 15th August

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  • Marine Times Podcast

    Kilmore Quay Catch of a Shocking Fish 

    The Kilmore Quay trawler, Tilly, caught a Marbled Electric Ray while beam trawling at a depth of 120 metres in the Celtic Sea last month. Relatively small, with a maximum length of 100 cms. and weight of 6/3kgs. it can be dangerous and has the potential to deliver an electric shock of up to 200 volts. It is common in the Mediterranean and along the European coast as far north as the Western English Channel. The Tilly’s catch was an adult-size female measuring 55 cms. and weighing 4 kgs. Taken by James Tate’s boat it is the westernmost-recorded catch of this species and has been donated to the Natural History Museum in Dublin.

    Declan Quigley, the Sea Fisheries Protection Agency Senior Port Officer in Howth, Co. Dublin, who has experience in aquaculture and fisheries research and has published 375 papers about his work, is our Podcast guest this week, discussing the unusual catch and its background with Marine Times Deputy Editor, Tom MacSweeney.

    Listen to the podcast here»

  • NEWS

    The Value of Fishermen

    The value of fishermen and a fishing family in the community was well proved in the rescue by Patrick Oliver and his son Morgan off Inisheer in the Aran Islands on Thursday of two missing women paddle boarders. They had gone out searching, with their own calculation of to where the 17 and 23-year-old might have been taken by wind and tide after they disappeared having launched their paddle board at Furbo. Beach near Spiddal.

    Patrick is a member of Galway Lifeboat Station and his own daughters said that, when he heard the news of the missing women, he intended to help, as if it had been part of his own family who were in need of assistance.

    Read the full article here»

  • NEWS

    Recreational Crab Fishing Hitting Commercial

    Recreational pot fishing is now a contentious issue for commercial fishermen who claim that those engaging in “recreational activities” are fishing large amounts of pots, as well as keeping under-sized and V-notched lobsters for consumption, which is illegal and undermining the stock enhancement work of commercial fishing. It is claimed that ‘recreational opportunists’ are also declawing all crab, even those under the minimum landing size, which is also breaking current fishing regulations.

    There Is Money For A Lot Of Things But Not For Fishermen

    There is nothing specific and meaningful in the grants worth €1.2 million to 93 Fisheries Local Action Groups (FLAG) Projects that will help the hundreds of inshore fishing enterprises which face a very uncertain future, says the National Inshore Fishermen’s Association.

    Read the full article here»



NUI Project to Investigate Superbugs in Swimmers »

A team of researchers at NUI Galway is calling on swimmers and surfers to take part in a project to find out if recreational water users are more at risk of picking up superbugs.

The Antimicrobial Resistance and Microbial Ecology Research Group at the University is launching the PIER study (Public Health Impact of Exposure to antibiotic Resistance in recreational waters), funded by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Researchers are hoping to recruit 300 people to take part – one group of 150 sea swimmers, surfers and people who regularly use the sea, lakes or rivers for recreation, along with a second group of 150 people who rarely take to the water.

News Round-Up »

Inland Fisheries Ireland and fishery owners are indicating that wild Atlantic salmon are returning in “record” numbers to rivers along the Atlantic seaboard. Western Regional Manager of the IFI, Francis O’Donnell, said there were high numbers of healthy fish on Galway’s Corrib, Mayo’s Moy and Ballisodare in Sligo.

Also, Dublin Port Company has abandoned its plan to develop new cruise berths as part of the North Wall Quay Extension under the port's Masterplan for development to 2040: and, From Wednesday next, August 19, maintenance dredging will be underway on all main shipping channels and berths in Cork Harbour.


INVENTOR CREATES REVOLUTIONARY WAY TO FARM OYSTERS »

A Polish man has quite literally turned oyster farming on its head - by inventing a revolutionary device that allows for three times more oysters within the same area of seabed. Grzegorz Skawinski developed the product over two years which uniquely has a rotating cage system.

Oyster sacks are placed one above the other, rather than traditional farming of side by side on trestles, saving space on the seabed and increasing production. And when the device rotates, it allows the oysters to move freely, aiding growth. Normally each oyster bag is turned by hand – five in a row on a trestle. Grzegorz’s system allows 16 to be turned in one rotation.

MVS helps rid beauty spot of harmful plastic »

A major milestone has been passed in an ambitious project to clear plastic debris from underneath the famous cliffs stretching between Eastbourne and Seaford and to stop it breaking down into small particles and polluting the sea.

Members of the Maritime Volunteer Service (MVS) have transported a large quantity of plastic waste from an inaccessible beach near Beachy Head, East Sussex, to Sovereign Harbour, Eastbourne, for proper disposal. The MVS responded to a request by Mr Norm Penney, founder of environmental group Beachy Head and Seven Sisters Extreme Plastic Objects Removal (BHASSExplore), for help.


MARINE TIMES - WEEKENDER: Saturday 8th August

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  • Marine Times Podcast

    Dangerous Inflatables Should Not Be Used In Open Water 

    There have been several instances where the emergency services, fishing boats and other leisure craft and people ashore, have spotted and rescued people getting into difficulty on ‘toy boat inflatables’ as they have been described when, used in open water situations, they were blown out to sea. Despite all the warnings not to use them on beaches in open water areas, people are still doing so.

    The RNLI’s Water Safety Manager Kevin Rahill discusses the dangers on the MARINE TIMES Podcast this week with Deputy Editor, Tom MacSweeney.

    Listen to the podcast here»

  • NEWS

    Bringing Scrutiny to the Policing of Fishing

    “This brings scrutiny to the policing of fishing in Ireland which is badly needed. It is a good day for fishermen.”

    That was the view expressed by solicitor Dermot Conway, a leading legal figure in the case, when the Supreme Court announced that it was referring the Porcupine Bank Dublin Bay Prawn fishery case to the European Court of Justice.

    Irish Aquaculture Must Be A Priority

    The Programme for Government fails to recognise the significant opportunity for Irish aquaculture in light of the increasing global demand for seafood, more sustainable food sources and carbon efficient food production, according to the Irish Farmers’ Association.

    Read the full article here»

  • News

    Major Fishing Organisations Are Co-Operating Closely

    The major fishing organisations are co-operating closely in dealing with the industry’s future. Hugo Boyle, CEO of the Irish South and East Fish Producer’s Organisation has stressed the importance and value of this, particularly in the context of Brexit and the effects of Covid 19 which continue to be major issues for the industry.

    Baltimore RNLI provides assistance to a motor boat in difficulty

    Baltimore RNLI was called out yesterday evening, Friday 7th August, to provide assistance to a motor boat in difficulty at Sherkin Island, off the coast of west Cork.

    Read the full article here»



Nature’s Untapped Treasure Chest »

Our ocean is often viewed as nature's untapped treasure chest, with marine plants and organisms providing a natural source of medicines, food additives and cosmetics. Globally, the deep ocean has already given us compounds to treat cancer, inflammation and nerve damage and it's an area of research that is still developing, with great potential for the future.

Over the past 60 years, scientists have conducted random harvesting of marine organisms for the discovery of new natural products with unique properties and diverse types of applications. Marine Biodiscovery refers to the process that spans from the exploration of our oceans to the applications of new biomolecules of marine origin.

RNLI respond to report of vessel on fire »

Skerries RNLI and Clogherhead RNLI were tasked on Wednesday night, 5th August following a 999 call to Dublin Coast Guard reporting a possible fire on board a fishing vessel off Laytown beach.

Shortly before 11pm, the volunteer crew from Skerries launched the Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat, while the volunteers in Clogherhead launched their Shannon class all weather lifeboat. The lifeboats reached either end of Laytown beach at approximately the same time and began to search for any vessels in distress. They were soon joined by land based units from Drogheda Coast Guard and Skerries Coast Guard, who made contact with the caller on the beach to gather more information to pass to the lifeboats. Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 116 and a local fishing vessel also joined the search efforts.


Some UK Seafood Businesses May Never Open Again »

Seafish UK is carrying out a survey to determine “the financial and socio-economic impact of Covid-19 on the UK’s seafood processing industry. “ During July and August seafood processors are being asked to provide information on how the pandemic has affected their business

Also, the decision by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) to certify the first bluefin tuna fishery with its global standard for sustainable fishing has been challenged. Japanese longline fishery Usufuku Honten’s certification has been given with a requirement for some improvements which the fishery must make as a condition of certification.

Offshore wind is a "Game Changer" for Ireland »

New ambitious targets in the Programme for Government present a turning point for Ireland’s offshore wind industry. The EirWind Blueprint launched, outlines strategic recommendations to inform policymaking, at a vital, formative time for the sector.

The Blueprint is a synthesis of work arising from the EirWind project over a two-year period from August 2018 to July 2020. The research involved 18 researchers and seven academic staff from MaREI, the SFI Research Centre for Energy, Climate and Marine which is hosted by University College Cork and was supported by ten industry partners.


Marine Times - Weekender: Saturday 1st August

August edition in all good shops this week!

News, opinion and comment on the week from the Marine Times, Ireland’s leading maritime publication. Printed edition published monthly. Keep in touch by checking the MARINE TIMES here on marinetimes.ie

  • Podcast

    Allegations of Misconduct 

    “Gardaí are examining allegations of misconduct in public office in relation to investigations into the seafaring tragedies and the implementation of maritime safety regulation to determine if a criminal act has occurred where a criminal investigation should be undertaken.”

    That statement from the Garda Press Office to the Marine Times confirmed what international maritime lawyer, Michael Kingston, said he had received in a letter from Garda Commissioner Drew Harris. Mr.Kingston, whose father Tim, died in the Betelgeuse oil tanker tragedy in Bantry Bay in 1979, has been pursuing complaints against the Department of Transport and the Marine Casualty Investigation Board for several years.

    On THE MARINE TIMES Podcast this week he gives his reaction to the Garda decision to Deputy Editor, Tom MacSweeney.

    Listen to the podcast here»

  • News

    Garda Investigation of Alleged Misconduct in Public Office

    Gardaí are examining allegations of misconduct in public office in relation to investigations into seafaring tragedies and the implementation of maritime safety regulations to determine if a criminal act has occurred where a criminal investigation should be undertaken.

    The Garda Press Office statement confirming an investigation follows Maritime Lawyer Michael Kingston, the leading figure in complaints about the Marine Casualty Board which was held not to be independent of government by the European Court of Justice, making complaints to Garda Headquarters in January.

    Read the full article here»

  • News

    Marliona Incident Still Under Investigation

    The Department of Foreign Affairs has still carrying out an investigation into the incident between the Donegal trawler, Marliona and the British Royal Naval frigate, HMS Lancaster when the trawler was told to leave an area 60miles off Donegal, within the Irish exclusive economic (EEZ) zone.

    Irish - Spanish Lobster Collaboration

    The Marine Institute is collaborating with scientists in Spain as part of a new project, Smart Lobster, to monitor the digging activity and maintenance of burrows of the Nephrops norvegicus, commonly known as the Dublin Bay Prawn, using the EMSO SmartBay Observatory located in Galway Bay.

    Read the full article here»



Safety on the Water website Launched »

Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Hildegarde Naughton TD has launched the newly updated Safety on the Water website. www.safetyonthewater.gov.ie This is a collaboration between the Coast Guard, RNLI, Water Safety Ireland, Irish Sailing and BIM, and incorporates a new Safety on the Water logo.

Speaking at an event hosted by RNLI Galway to formally launch the new initiative today Minister Naughton said; “Water safety is not just a seasonal consideration - it is an all year round commitment and everybody has a role to play, be it as participants, as supervisors of children or simply as observers who can raise the alert”.


Norway Wants Brexit Agreement With Uk »

The Norwegian government has made it clear that the country wants to negotiate a comprehensive free trade agreement with the UK by the end of this year so that it can continue to sell its salmon and whitefish without serious disruption.

Also, the United Nations agency for safety at sea, the International Maritime Organisation, has said that the entry into force of the Cape Town Agreement on fishing vessel safety will be crucial for improved safety at sea for fishermen and will support the fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.

Smell of the sea may steer seabirds to their food »

Researchers in Ireland have shed some light on how a wide-ranging seabird tracks its prey. They showed how the species known as the Manx Shearwater searches for food in areas of ocean packed with plankton.

These microscopic organisms give off a smell the seabirds can sense – and this may be key for ocean faring species hunting for a moveable feast. The team, who were based at University College Cork for the study, tracked dozens of birds over three years at colonies on High Island and Great Blasket Island off the coast of Galway and Kerry respectively.


Marine Times - Weekender: Saturday 25th July

Print edition back in all good shops NOW!

News, opinion and comment on the week from the Marine Times, Ireland’s leading maritime publication. Printed edition published monthly. Keep in touch by checking the MARINE TIMES here on marinetimes.ie

  • Opinion

    Fishing Voice Is Needed 

    The Minister for the Marine held a “detailed and informative meeting with fishing industry representatives” this week. “I set out the huge ambition in the Programme for Government for building a sustainable fishing sector. The continued ambition for the development of a sustainable fisheries sector is a significant feature of the new Programme for Government. I look forward to working with the sector to delivering on that objective.”

    That was what Minister Dara Calleary said after the meeting with the country’s four fishermen’s producer organisations, the National Inshore Fishermen’s Forum and the Irish Fish Processors and Exporters Association.

    Read the full article here»

  • Podcasts

    Islands Frustrated At Lack Of Progress On Policy Formation

    Comhdháil Olieán na hEireann, the Islands Federation, is frustrated with the lack of progress by the government on the formulation of a policy for the islands.

    “Last-minute consultation, confusion and the inactivity of the Interdepartmental Committee on Islands” are amongst the criticisms.

    “It would be hugely retrograde should the development of an action plan for the islands and the formation of island policies be put on hold indefinitely,” says Rhoda Twombly, Secretary of the Islands’ Federation on this week’s MARINE TIMES PODCAST.

    Listen to the podcast here»

  • News

    Thousands of Illegally Caught Lobsters Seized

    The Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA) has seized thousands of lobster catches this week, the biggest being 6,000 in a lorry at Rosslare which was destined for Spain. Further investigations are underway as to the origin of these. The SFPA says that it believes some were collected from the North/West as well as from the West and Northern Ireland. According to it “almost 800” of these were “illegally-caught” and returned to the sea alive. They included undersized and V-notched lobsters, which are protected from being caught, having been V-notched and returned to the sea to breed by licensed fishermen.

    Read the full article here»



INFOMAR is laying the foundation »

Ireland through its national seabed mapping programme, INFOMAR has achieved global recognition for its endeavor to systematically map the seabed of its entire marine territory, and to unlock and sustainably manage the associated resources. International partnership and collaboration between governments, industry, and academia have evolved as Ireland influences the roadmap towards better ocean governance, essential for the safety of society, our future food security, our energy, and for positive climate action and adaptation.

The Marine Institute and Geological Survey Ireland (GSI) INFOMAR programme team aim to complete Ireland's seabed mapping by end 2026, potentially being the first country globally to do so. In parallel they are raising the awareness and impact of seabed mapping, and the innovation and technology development opportunities that Ireland can potentially derive from this world leading endeavor.


EU Vessels Landing Even More Fish from UK Waters »

EU fishing vessels have been increasing the amount of fish they catch in UK waters at a much faster rate than the UK’s own boats. Analysis of official landings data carried out for Shetland Fishermen’s Association (SFA) shows that between 2011 and 2018 vessels from the EU27 landed 60% more fish and shellfish from the UK Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) while UK boats landed just 17% more.

Also, the industry in England has united to oppose the Benyon Report - A recent teleconference organised by Defra, was held to discuss the contents of the Benyon Report, by ex-Fisheries Minister Richard Benyon, on Highly Protected Marine Areas. The meeting revealed the strength of feeling across the fishing industry against an attempt to shoehorn No Take Zones into the already established process for designating and managing marine protected areas.

Some Fishermen Ineligible for Tie Up Scheme »

Lack of Sales Notes Leaves Some Fishermen Ineligible for Tie Up Scheme: The COVID-19 Tie-up Scheme which is intended to assist fishermen to voluntarily opt to tie up for one or two of the three months from 1st June to 31st August has been described by fishermen as an abject failure on almost every level.

According to figures released by BIM, who launched the temporary voluntary fleet tie-up, uptake on the scheme has been low, only 104 applications were received for the month of June. Out of those applications only 65 of the applicants were ultimately successful due to the strict criteria being sought from vessel owners for eligibility to the scheme.


Marine Times - Weekender: Saturday 18th July

Print edition back in all good shops NOW!

News, opinion and comment on the week from the Marine Times, Ireland’s leading maritime publication. Printed edition published monthly. Keep in touch by checking the MARINE TIMES here on marinetimes.ie

  • Opinion

    Marine Ignorance 

    Without the marine sector, this island nation would be in great difficulties. It could not export or import all the goods it needs. 95 per cent of Ireland’s exports and imports move by sea.

    The Coalition parties in their plan for government declared: “We are committed to prioritising the development of the marine. As an island nation, Ireland has a special relationship with the ocean.”

    So far, there is no indication of delivery on that commitment. The marine sector remains placed at a low point in the State administrative system.

    Read the full article here»

  • Podcasts

    “Through Hell and Back Trying to Convince Government”

    “I have been through hell and back trying to explain to the Government that Ireland’s maritime safety framework is broken,” says the lawyer who, for several years has been seeking changes in the operations of the Maritime Casualty Investigation Board.

    Following the decision by the European Court of Justice that the Board is not independent, due to the presence of two civil servants on its board, Michael Kingston talks to Deputy Editor, Tom MacSweeney, on this week’s Marine Times Podcast.

    “The Government should stop wasting money seeking legal advice about the European Court of Justice decision that the Board is not independent and get on with the job of re-organising it,” he says.

    Listen to the podcast here»

  • News

    Another Marine Minister

    Two Government Ministers whose responsibility included the Marine have been appointed in just over a fortnight. Barry Cowen, who had told the fishing industry not to be concerned that he was from an inland county, was sacked and replaced by Dara Calleary who is from a coastal county, Mayo.

    Marine Casualty Board Is Not Independent

    The European Court of Justice has ruled that the Marine Casualty Investigation Board is not independent of Government due to the presence on its board of two civil servants. These are the Secretary-General of the Department of Transport (or deputed Depurty), under which it operates and the Chief Surveyor in the Marine Survey Office of the Department, Brian Hogan.

    Read the full article here»



News Roundup for the Week »

Irish aquaculture businesses have 'a high level of compliance with statutory requirements,” according to the Marine Institute's fish health inspection.

Also in our roundup: The Naval Service Vessel LÉ William Butler Yeats detained a German-registered fishing vessel approximately 250 nautical miles north-west of Malin Head on Friday morning. The detention was “in relation to alleged breaches of fishing regulations,” according to the Defence Forces Press Office; and Baltimore RNLI were called out to provide a medical evacuation late Thursday night, 16th July from Sherkin Island off the coast of Baltimore, West Cork. The volunteer lifeboat crew, under Coxswain Kieran Cotter, launched their all-weather lifeboat at 11.50pm, following a request from the Irish Coast Guard to provide medical assistance and evacuation to a boy who had sustained an injury earlier that day. And, RNLI Volunteer Peter Byrne participated in his first callout as Wicklow all-weather lifeboat launched shortly after 10:05pm on Wednesday night (15 July), after a member of the public reported seeing a wind surfer having problems getting ashore near Brittas Bay beach as darkness fell.


Turn The Tide On FISHING Industry’s Safety Record »

Latest figures show fishing fatality rate is still one of the highest in the UK compared to other industries. A new campaign is urging fishing crews in the UK to get back to port safely. The campaign, led by The Fishing Industry Safety Group (FISG), highlights a day at sea and the simple steps a skipper and his crew take every day to ensure they return home safely to their loved ones.

The campaign comes as many fishing crews across the UK are returning to sea following weeks of lockdown and challenging market conditions to sell their catch. Created with support from the fishing industry, it focuses on the importance of community and home for those who make a living from catching fish. It shines a light on the pride and professionalism of the industry as a way to get vital out messages about good safety at sea.

Shellfish toxicity - Warning advice remains »

The Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA) and the Marine Institute are reminding the public to refrain from recreational gathering of shellfish in all bays and coastline in the Southwest region, particularly in the Castlemaine Harbour for the coming weeks due to the presence of toxins, which can cause illness when contaminated shellfish are consumed.

The presence of shellfish toxins are common in summer months and is due to certain microscopic phytoplankton species, upon which shellfish filter feed. The toxins detected at the present time are high levels of Diarrheic shellfish poisoning (DSP) which can result in a temporary gastroenteritis-like illness and a less common but more serious Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP). Neither toxin is removed by cooking, but they do eventually decrease to safe levels naturally in the live shellfish over time.


Marine Times - Weekender: Saturday 11th July

Print edition back in all good shops NOW!

News, opinion and comment on the week from the Marine Times, Ireland’s leading maritime publication. Printed edition published monthly. Keep in touch by checking the MARINE TIMES here on marinetimes.ie

  • Opinion

    “Sending Britain Down A Road to Nowhere” 

    There is increasing concern about the outcome of the Brexit negotiations and the impact upon the Irish industry should current access to UK waters be restricted. This weekend we report that the UK Fisheries Bill has passed all stages in the House of Lords and has gone to the House of Commons for finalising. We also report that UK fishing organisations have united to press their politicians to deliver on the promise of leaving the Common Fisheries Policy.

    Read the full article here»

  • Podcasts

    “There Are Very Few People Not Interested In The Marine Area”

    Ireland’s National Aquarium is involved in a series of projects to widen appreciation and understanding of the maritime sector. Dr. Nóirín Burke, Director of Education at Galway Atlantiquaria, says “there are very few people who are not interested in the marine area.”

    Listen to the podcast here»

  • News

    Leaving Behind The Outdated Common Fisheries Policy

    While Irish fishing organisations are worried about the possibility of a ‘No Deal Brexit’ and its effects, the first major piece of British fisheries legislation in nearly forty years has passed the House of Lords and gone to the House of Commons. The ‘Fisheries Bill’ creates the power for the UK to operate as an independent coastal state and manage its fish stocks outside the EU. It passed its Third Reading in the House of Lords last week and is now in the House of Commons for its First Reading. It is intended to end current automatic rights for EU vessels to fish in British waters.

    Read the full article here»



Ocean observations and forecasting in Ireland’s seas »

The Marine Institute uses ocean observation systems and marine research infrastructure to observe and understand how our ocean is changing, and the data collected is used to model and project the impacts of our changing oceans.

Dr Glenn Nolan, Oceanographic and Climate Services Section Manager at the Marine Institute said, "We work with local, national and European partners to develop and enhance integrated ocean and climate observation monitoring programmes. Ireland is uniquely positioned to be at the forefront of efforts to better understand global ocean challenges and to provide essential national services in observing our changing ocean and climate." The Marine Institute operates many platforms at sea and around the coast to understand the current state of the ocean around Ireland.

News Roundup for the Week »

A number of applications for assistance under the Covid temporary tie-up scheme were rejected because sales notes were not submitted to the SFPA, it has been learned. These notes were necessary to confirm that vessels were in excess of at least €5,000 worth of activity last year.

Also in our roundup: Malin Head fishermen in County Donegal continued to V-notch berried female lobsters, maintaining a conservation measure at their own expense, after it was suspended by Bord Iascaigh Mhara this year and; Cape Clear Island Distillery which commenced operations only last November was extremely hard hit by the collapse in the pub, hotel and duty free trades, Séamus Ó Drisceoil tells the Marine Times from the Co. Cork island. “Showing innovation and agility in the face of a collapse in business, we decided to do something completely different by becoming the first and only distillery in Ireland to offer award-winning gin in engraved and personalized bottles.”


KOREA NEEDS SUBSTANTIAL FISH REFORMS SAY NGO's »

Crews on 29 of 40 Korean fishing vessels investigated by two non-governmental organisations (NGOs) alleged violent attacks were made upon them and that their vessels were engaged in illegal activities, including intentionally targeting marine mammals.

Also, Extensive new protections are being put in place as part of an updated plan to look after New Zealand’s native Hector’s and Maui dolphins, announced Minister of Fisheries Stuart Nash and Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage. “Hector’s dolphins are nationally vulnerable with about 15,000 in New Zealand’s waters. Maui dolphins are critically endangered, with only about 63 left. These precious marine mammals are New Zealand’s taonga and we need to act now to ensure they are there for future generations,” said Eugenie Sage.


Marine Times - Weekender: Saturday 4th July

Print edition back in all good shops NOW!

News, opinion and comment on the week from the Marine Times, Ireland’s leading maritime publication. Printed edition published monthly. Keep in touch by checking the MARINE TIMES here on marinetimes.ie

  • Editorial

    It's .... AND MARINE! 

    The new Marine Minister has said that the fishing and maritime community should not feel concerned because he is from a landlocked county. 52-year-old Barry Cowen from Clara in County Offaly was responding to mixed reaction from the marine sector to his appointment. He is brother of former Taoiseach Brian Cowen, after whose retirement from the Dáil he was elected. An auctioneer and valuer by profession, he was Fianna Fail spokesman on Public Expenditure and Reform in the last Dáil.

    Read the full article here»

  • Podcasts

    Where Better To Explore Than A Coastline Near You?

    There could be at least one very positive benefit from Covid 19 and that is the level of interest being taken in Nature by the Irish population. That could particularly benefit the marine sphere, says our guest on this week’s MARINE TIMES PODCAST, Dr. Simon Berrow who is Chief Executive of the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group and a columnist with the Marine Times.

    Listen to the podcast here»

  • Lead Story

    Penalty Points ... Again!

    The EU Commission has decided to send a reasoned opinion to Ireland over its failure to fulfil its obligations under Council Regulation (EC) No 1224/2009 (also ‘'Control Regulation'') establishing a Community control systemfor ensuring compliance with the rules of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP).

    Read the full article here»



Coastal communities share how important the Ocean is to their communities »

Coastal Communities are the focus on the Marine Institute's Oceans of Learning series. The Marine Institute and partners are celebrating our world's shared ocean and our connection to the sea in a 10-week series, sharing news and offering online interactive activities, videos and downloadable resources on a new marine topic each week.

A series of watercolour illustrations and interviews have captured the importance of the ocean to coastal communities in Ireland and Wales as part of BlueFish, an EU-funded project. Through engaging with coastal communities using art, BlueFish links knowledge and understanding of the marine resources and the potential impacts of climate change on the Irish and Celtic Sea ecosystem.

News Roundup for the Week »

Fifteen aquaculture companies in seven counties – Galway, Donegal, Slio, Kerry, Waterford, Mayo and Cork are undertaking expansion with a total investment of over €3m., with the Department of Marine through the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund Programme providing grants of €1.2m.

Also in our roundup: Routine shellfish monitoring by the Marine Institute along South West and West coasts has detected increased levels of naturally occurring toxins compounds in recent weeks. Such levels are common at this time of the year and are due to microscopic phytoplankton species blooming in coastal waters during the warmer and longer days of summer, the institute says.


international news »

A new supply chain led initiative, focused on driving improvements to the management of the North East Atlantic fisheries for mackerel, herring and blue whiting has been established. The formal creation of the group is the latest step in a project which began in 2019 in response to the suspension of the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) North East Atlantic mackerel fishery certification.

Also, over the past year work has been underway to develop a project to reduce marine litter at Northern Ireland’s largest fishing ports. The Marine Litter Management project was born from a meeting of the Northern Ireland Fishermen’s Safety Forum. At a meeting last year members agreed that action was needed to address litter in the ports


Marine Times - Weekly Update: Friday 26th June

A New Approach for Challenging Times

In these extraordinarily difficult times, the MARINE TIMES publishes this WEEKLY UPDATE of News, opinion and comment, including a Podcast interview with an industry figure and a selection of other matters about fishing. Keep in touch by checking the MARINE TIMES WEEKLY UPDATE each Friday.

  • Editorial

    Government Discrimination! 

    As the MARINE TIMES returns to printed publication after three months of enforced suspension due to Covid 19 it is necessary, as Ireland’s leading maritime newspaper, to highlight State discrimination against the fishing industry and the aquaculture sector.

    Read the full article here»

  • Podcasts

    Achill Oysters Urge Restaurants to Source Irish Seafood to Aid Recovery From Covid-19

    Five generations of O’Malley’s have made a living from the sea in Achill. Hugh O’Malley, owner of Achill Oysters, producing Irish rock oysters for the domestic and international market, has urged restaurants to include local oysters and seafood on their menus to help offset the economic impact of COVID-19. He talks to Deputy Editor, Tom MacSweeney, on this week’s Podcast about the importance of bringing Irish aquaculture to the attention of the public.

    Listen to the podcast here»

  • Lead Story

    Irreparable Damage on Coastal Communities

    The country’s four fish producer organisations have made another joint appeal to Minister for the Marine Michael Creed and his Department to meet them to discuss an improved system of help to the industry to overcome the impact of Covid 19.

    Read the full article here»



Go Domhain san Fhuil (Deep in the Blood) »

A day in the life of the few remaining boats that fish out of Magheraroarty in the Donegal Gaeltacht. Fishing is an inter-generational activity in many Gaeltacht communities, including Magheraroarty in West Donegal.

It's a small horseshoe shaped bay, with a stone pier facing out towards Inis Bó Finne, a small island with a strong link to the mainland. Go Domhain san Fhuil is a 2 part series for BBC Gaeilge featuring three of the few remaining boats that fish out of Machaire Rabhartaigh in the Donegal Gaeltacht.

News Roundup for the Week »

The British Government is said to have become “extremely intransigent” in Brexit negotiations, opposing the linking of fisheries to a trade deal. Malin Head fishermen have continued to V-notch berried female lobsters implementing a conservation measure at their own expense.

Also in our roundup: The entire Killala Unit of the Coast Guard in County Mayo has been “stood down”. Personnel issues have also been reported in the past few weeks in Units at Dunmore East in County Waterford and Crosshaven in County Cork. The Killala Unit covered a wide coastline area in North Mayo.


international news »

Europêche is challenging the EU Commission’s new biodiversity strategy. “It wants to ban fishing in 10% of waters and limit activity in 30%, as well as a ban on bottom trawling,” according to Javier Garat, President of European industry’s representative organisation.

Fish scales, normally a by-product of food preparation, can be used to make electronic devices and food bags. Research work is successfully developing these uses rather than disposal of the scales. And in the USA, the American Chemical Society has revealed details of research work which has shown how fish scales can be used instead of plastic to make electronic devices more environmentally friendly.

‘Sea how to Draw’ classes online »

The Marine Institute Explorers Education Programme is delighted to launch its Explorers SEA how to Draw series, providing up to fourteen online drawing classes, delivered by popular cartoonist and author Dr John Joyce over the summer months.

Dr Paul Connolly, CEO of the Marine Institute welcomed the Explorers initiative and collaboration with John Joyce. “As the Marine Institute’s former communications manager, John has always been a strong advocate of the Explorers Education programme, raising awareness and engagement about our connection with the ocean. His cartoon drawings have engaged people of all ages and the humorous representations of scientists, marine animals, research ships and equipment continue to provide an engaging way to connect with scientists, researchers and the wider community at large.”


Marine Times - Weekly Update: Friday 19th June

A New Approach for Challenging Times

In these extraordinarily difficult times, the MARINE TIMES publishes this WEEKLY UPDATE of News, opinion and comment, including a Podcast interview with an industry figure and a selection of other matters about fishing. Keep in touch by checking the MARINE TIMES WEEKLY UPDATE each Friday.

  • Editorial

    How Can This Be Fair Treatment? 

    The MARINE TIMES takes pride in its claim to be Ireland’s leading maritime newspaper, in which role we seek to reflect the opinions of the fishing industry, the coastal communities and the maritime sector. There are times in marine journalism when we come across issues which we find difficult to understand.

    Read the full article here»

  • Podcasts

    Fishing Industry Treated Disgracefully by Government

    On this week’s Podcast Hugo Boyle, Chief Executive of the Irish South and East Fish Producers’ Organisation responds to the Government’s allocation of €50m. to Ireland’s beef farmers and €25m. to the Arts and Culture section, but a miserable allocation of funding to fishermen for Covid 19 assistance, which he describes as “a disgrace”.

    Listen to the podcast here»

  • Lead Story

    UK Gets More Intransigent About Brexit

    The UK are being extremely intransigent in the negotiations with the EU about Brexit as they increased opposition to linking a fisheries agreement about access to their waters with trade deal between Britain and the EU. Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation Chief Executive, Sean O’Donoghue, told the Marine Times this week that this has become very clear.

    Read the full article here»



Explore Ireland’s Coastal Communities in Oceans of Learning series »

In Ireland, 1.9 million people live within 5km of the coast and many communities along the Irish coast depend on industries such as tourism, fishing and aquaculture. Furthermore, there is now mounting evidence that the ocean plays a key role in the general wellbeing of our coastal communities.

This week’s Oceans of Learning series will explore the importance of Ireland’s Coastal Communities, with resources from the Marine Institute, Commissioners of Irish Lights, Údarás na Gaeltachta, Galway City Museum and the Explorers Education Programme. Over 10 weeks, the Marine Institute and partners are celebrating our world’s shared ocean and our connection to the sea in our Oceans of Learning series, sharing news and offering online interactive activities, videos and downloadable resources on a new marine topic each week.


UPDATE on NEXT edition of the marine times »

In late March we made the difficult decision to postpone printing of the Marine Times Newspaper during the Covid-19 restrictions. We truly appreciate everyones understanding and support of our decision.

THE GOOD NEWS is we are now planning a return to the shops around this great Island Nation and work is now complete on our next issue which will be in shops later this week.    

Thank you for your continued support - Mark Mc Carthy, Editor


Marine Times - Weekly Update: Friday 12th June

A New Approach for Challenging Times

In these extraordinarily difficult times, the MARINE TIMES publishes this WEEKLY UPDATE of News, opinion and comment, including a Podcast interview with an industry figure and a selection of other matters about fishing. Keep in touch by checking the MARINE TIMES WEEKLY UPDATE each Friday.

  • Editorial

    Little To Be Encouraged About In FF and FG Approach to Marine 

    The Chief Executive of ISME, the Irish independent representative association for Small and Medium Enterprises, told the Dáil Committee on Covid 19 this week how difficult it is to deal with the “upper reaches of the public service and executive.” There are many in the fishing industry who will find agreement with that opinion from their own experience.

    Read the full article here»

  • Podcasts

    Aquaculture Not Understood

    On this week’s Podcast the very difficult situation in which the aquaculture sector has been placed because of Covid 19 and the lack of immediate support from the State to assist the country’s fish farmers is outlined by the IFA’s Aquaculture Executive, Teresa Morrissey. She tells Marine Times Deputy Editor, Tom MacSweeney, that there is a lack of understanding of what the sector is facing. Without an immediate response, there is a strong possibility of long-term damage, with the shellfish sector likely to be particularly impacted. The IFA has offered a number of proposals for assistance to the Department of the Marine and BIM, without positive response so far.

    Listen to the podcast here»

  • Lead Story

    State Has Not Offered Assistance To Aquaculture Sector

    There is a general lack of understanding of the aquaculture sector, according to the IFA’s Aquaculture Executive who has warned that urgent action is needed by the government to deal with the impact on the sector caused by the Covid 19 crisis. After several discussions with the Department of the Marine and Bord Iascaigh Mhara, no formal assistance has been offered from the State, “If the situation is not addressed urgently, there will be an even bigger and more difficult position to face, particularly in the shellfish sector,” according to Teresa Morrissey, IFA Aquaculture Executive

    Read the full article here»



New book Surviving the Storms showcases incredible rescue by Irish lifeboat crews »

A new book providing a collection of first-hand accounts of some of the most dramatic rescues carried out by RNLI lifesavers around Ireland and the UK over the past 20 years, features an incredible feat of bravery by a Cork lifeboat crew and an incredible feat of bravery by Portrush man and former RNLI station mechanic, Anthony Chambers.

Told in the words of Castletownbere RNLI Coxswain Dean Hegarty, it provides a first-hand account of the dramatic rescue of a fishing crew in storm force conditions after their vessel lost all power at the harbour entrance of Castletownbere in West Cork. Six lives were saved that night and the Coxswain is set to receive a medal for gallantry, and the crew and launching authority, letters of thanks from the Institution. The book Surviving the Storms is on sale now with royalties from all sales supporting the lifesaving charity.

News Roundup for the Week »

The Minister for the Marine has announced €3.5 million in new investment by six seafood processing companies, with his Department’s European Maritime and Fisheries Fund Programme providing grants of €1,081,192. The grants are co-funded by the Government and the European Union.

Also in our roundup: The UK has been accused of trying to “cherry pick” what it wants to achieve from the Brexit negotiations with the EU. Fisheries appears to be included in this approach where it wants a separate deal from any general trade agreement. This week the EU's Brexit lead negotiator Michel Barnier said he will “not allow cherry picking" by the UK in the talks between the two sides on a future trade deal.


international news »

In Scotland, a new package worth up to £2 million, aimed at helping the industry during the coronavirus (COVID-19), means that Scottish vessels will be able to diversify into new markets and access additional fish quotas around the North Sea and west coast of Scotland.

Also, According to reports in the USA President Donald Trump has announced that he will open up a 5,000 square mile conservation area in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of New England to commercial fishing. The move allows commercial fishing to resume in the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument, a sanctuary created in 2016 during the Obama administration. It also cancels a planned phase out of red crab and lobster fisheries in the area.

UPDATE on NEXT edition of the marine times »

In late March we made the difficult decision to postpone printing of the Marine Times Newspaper during the Covid-19 restrictions. We truly appreciate everyones understanding and support of our decision.

THE GOOD NEWS is we are now planning a return to the shops around this great Island Nation and are starting work on our next issue which will be in shops from later in the month and you can now pre-order a copy to be sent directly to your door for just €3.60 inc p&p.

Thank you for your continued support - Mark Mc Carthy, Editor


Marine Times - Weekly Update: Friday 5th June

A New Approach for Challenging Times

In these extraordinarily difficult times, the MARINE TIMES publishes this WEEKLY UPDATE of News, opinion and comment, including a Podcast interview with an industry figure and a selection of other matters about fishing. Keep in touch by checking the MARINE TIMES WEEKLY UPDATE each Friday.

  • Editorial

    Will the EU Stand By the Irish Fishing Industry? 

    An agreement for continued fishing access to UK waters is vital for the Irish industry. That has been declared a priority by the Government in the Brexit negotiations. Mackerel and Prawns are particularly important for the Irish fleet, with estimates that as much as 40 per cent of Irish catches of these species come from what would be regarded as British waters.

    Read the full article here»

  • Podcasts

    Kevin Flannery

    'Fishermen must be involved in development of Marine Protected Areas'

    Kevin Flannery has been involved in the maritime world for over 50 years and is one of its most respected and authoritative voices. He is our guest on this week’s Podcast where he talks about the impending development of Marine Protected Areas and stresses the importance of including fishermen in consultation and development of them.

    Listen to the podcast here»

  • Lead Story

    Will There Be A Fisheries Brexit Deal?

    “The fisheries element of the Brexit negotiations is going to get very difficult,” the Tanaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney, admitted in the Dáil this week. He was responding to increasing concern that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is attempting to exclude fisheries from any trade deal with the European Union. This was raised by Pearse Doherty, Deputy Leader of Sinn Fein and Brendan Howlin, former Labour Party Leader.

    Read the full article here»



Latest Updates on Covid-19 Tie-Up Scheme »

65 of 104 Tie-Up Applications Approved; Producer Organisations Get No Further Response from Marine Minister; Tie-Up Funding Won’t Even Cover Insurance Payments

A total of 104 applications were received for the Temporary Fleet Tie-up Scheme for the month of June. Bord Iascaigh Mhara, which is administering the scheme says that 9 did not fully complete their applications, 5 missed the closing date, but have been offered an alternative tie-up month, 25 were closed and so 67 applicants were initially approved to tie-up in the month of June. However, two of those approved applicants did not hand in their sea fishing licences as required under the conditions of the scheme, so only 65 have been finally approved.

News Roundup for the Week »

The Sea Fisheries Protection Authority has warned that there must be compliance with EU regulations by those engaged in “recreational fishing” during the Summer. This comes after the re-opening of the crab and lobster fishery for “recreational fishers” at the start of May. There is a particular warning that taking small crabs out of the population damages future breeding potential.

Also in our roundup we feature Carr & Sons Seafood Ltd., of Killala, County Mayo, who have acquired the Dublin company, HJ Nolan, whose products will be produced in Mayo. Both are now part of the Swedish Mondi Group which took over Carr six years ago.

Also Northern Ireland Fisheries Minister Edwin Poots MLA has announced a stg£360,000 emergency support package for the region’s aquaculture sector.


international news »

The European Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, Virginijus Sinkevicius, has announced that the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) is to be increased by €500 million.

“The additional funding is part of the EU Recovery Package and follows earlier support measures to alleviate the immediate socio-economic impact on the sector,” the Commissioner said, announcing that the Commission will work closely with EU countries “to ensure that the additional funding contributes to a swift recovery, in line with the European Green Deal and the ambitions of the Common Fisheries Policy.”

He said that, for many coastal communities, who strongly rely on fisheries for their livelihoods, the social-economic impact of the coronavirus crisis was – and still is – dramatic.

UPDATE on NEXT edition of the marine times »

In late March we made the difficult decision to postpone printing of the Marine Times Newspaper during the Covid-19 restrictions. We truly appreciate everyones understanding and support of our decision.

THE GOOD NEWS is we are now planning a return to the shops around this great Island Nation and are starting work on our next issue which will be in shops from later in the month and you can now pre-order a copy to be sent directly to your door for just €3.60 inc p&p.

Thank you for your continued support - Mark Mc Carthy, Editor


Marine Times - Weekly Update: Friday 29th May

A New Approach for Challenging Times

In these extraordinarily difficult times, the MARINE TIMES publishes this WEEKLY UPDATE of News, opinion and comment, including a Podcast interview with an industry figure and a selection of other matters about fishing. Keep in touch by checking the MARINE TIMES WEEKLY UPDATE each Friday.

  • Editorial

    Minister Need Not Have Bothered 

    Marine Minister Michael Creed sent a long, detailed letter, to the country’s four fish producer organisations after they accused him and his Department last week of turning their backs on the industry. It was an explanation of why he had rejected the joint proposal put forward by the producers for a scheme of assistance to the fishing industry in the current crisis caused by the Covid 19 pandemic. Their proposal was an alternative to his Department’s temporary tie-up scheme.

    Read the full article here»

  • Podcasts

    The guest interviewee on our Podcast this week is Hugo Boyle, Chief Executive Officer of the South and East Fish Producers’ Organisation. He talks to Marine Times Deputy Editor, Tom MacSweeney, about the current situation of the industry for his members, following the rejection by Marine Minister Michael Creed of the proposal by the country’s four fish producer organisations for assistance to the industry to deal with the problems of the Covid 19 Pandemic.

    Listen to the podcast here»

  • Lead Story

    104 Applications For Department’s Scheme

    One hundred and four applications were made to the Department of the Marine’s Temporary Fleet Tie-up Scheme by the time the first closing date for applications closed on Wednesday. Bord Iascaigh Mhara, responsible for administering the scheme on behalf of the Minister, said that 104 applications had been received for inclusion in the scheme for the month of June. Applications for July and August will be accepted until June 20 and July 20 respectively.

    Read the full article here»



UPDATE on NEXT edition of the marine times »

In late March we made the difficult decision to postpone printing of the Marine Times Newspaper during the Covid-19 restrictions. We truly appreciate everyones understanding and support of our decision.

THE GOOD NEWS is we are now planning a return to the shops around this great Island Nation and are starting work on our next issue which will be in shops from later in the month and you can now pre-order a copy to be sent directly to your door for just €3.60 inc p&p.

Thank you for your continued support - Mark Mc Carthy, Editor

government need to finally act on the urgent appeals from our fishing communities in crisis »

The government need to finally act on the urgent appeals from our fishing communities in crisis according to Pádraig Mac Lochlainn TD. Minister’s scheme labeled “useless” and “not fit for purpose” by the Irish fishing industry

The Donegal Sinn Féin TD, has again called on the Minister for the Marine, Michael Creed to work with his government colleagues to deliver the financial supports needed to “bail out our coastal fishing communities in this unprecedented crisis”. Deputy Mac Lochlainn was speaking following the issuing of press releases by all of the fish producer organisations, appealing to the Minister to “meet them half way” and deliver the financial supports needed.


Oceans of Learning focuses on Food From Our Ocean »

Exploring the science behind our seafood with 'Food from our Ocean' is the first topic in the Marine Institute's Oceans of Learning series. The Marine Institute and partners are celebrating our world's shared ocean and our connection to the sea through an Oceans of Learning series, sharing news and offering online interactive activities, videos and downloadable resources on a new marine topic each week.

Oceans serve as the world's largest source of protein, with more than 3 billion people depending on the oceans as their primary source of protein. With the United Nations anticipating the global population to grow to 9.8 billion by 2050, seafood has a critically important role to play in global food security and nutrition for our growing population.

INTERNATIONAL NEWS »

New Zealand Protection for Sea Birds

Better protection for seabirds is being put in place with a new National Plan of Action to reduce fishing-related captures, New Zealand Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash and Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage announced recently. The National Plan of Action for Seabirds 2020 outlines our commitment to reduce fishing-related captures and associated seabird deaths. The new plan follows wide public consultation launched in November last year. “The plan focuses on innovative solutions and education to reduce seabird bycatch. It seeks to ensure fishing operators know how to avoid catching seabirds and take the appropriate steps to do so,” said Stuart Nash.


Marine Times - Weekly Update: Friday 22nd May

A New Approach for Challenging Times

In these extraordinarily difficult times, the MARINE TIMES introduces a new initiative on our website. Each Friday we will publish the WEEKLY UPDATE of News, opinion and comment, including a Podcast interview with an industry figure and a selection of other matters about fishing. Keep in touch by checking the MARINE TIMES WEEKLY UPDATE each Friday.

  • Editorial

    Minister Creed and His Department Do Not Appreciate the Importance of the Fishing Industry 

    “I’ve never witnessed anger like it in the sector.”

    That was a strong and blunt comment by the Chief Executive of the Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation, Sean O’Donoghue when Ireland’s four major fish producer organisations told the Minister for the Marine and his Department officials that the fishing industry now felt they had turned their backs on the industry. It has not often enough that these four organisations have been so unified. It is good for the industry that they are. Their vehemence in condemnation of Minister Creed and his Departmental advisors reflects the strong feeling in the industry that it is being neglected.

    Read the full article here»

  • Podcasts

    Sean O’Donoghue, CEO, Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation, tells Marine Times Deputy Editor, Tom MacSweeney, why Ireland’s four major fishing industry organisations have accused Marine Minister Michael Creed and his officials officials of ‘turning their backs’ on the fishing industry.

    Listen to the podcast here»

    Teresa Morrissey, IFA Aquaculture Executive, says that they are waiting for a response from the Department of the Marine to proposals which IFA has made for assistance to the aquaculture sector. She tells the Marine Times Deputy Editor, Tom MacSweeney, that the shellfish sector, in particular, needs an urgent decision.

    Listen to the podcast here»

  • Lead Story

    Ireland’s Producer Organisations Accuse Minister Creed And His Officials Officials Of ‘Turning Their Backs’ On The Fishing Industry

    The country’s four fish producer organisations have made a unified criticism of the Marine Minister and his Department who they accuse of “turning their backs” on the fishing industry. The Irish Fish Producers’ Organisation (IFPO), the Irish South and East Fish Producers (ISEFPO), the Irish South and West Fish Producers’ Organisation (ISWFPO) and the Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation (KFO) have joined forces to issue what a blunt, direct condemnation of Minister Michael Creed and his officials.

    Read the full article here»



UPDATE on NEXT edition of the marine times »

In late March we made the difficult decision to postpone printing of the Marine Times Newspaper during the Covid-19 restrictions. We truly appreciate everyones understanding and support of our decision.

We have been providing this weekly news update with podcasts throughout the pandemic situation and will continue to do so freely for our coastal family.

THE GOOD NEWS is we are now planning a return to the shops around this great Island Nation and are starting work on our June issue which will be in shops from mid-June.

Thank you for your continued support - Mark Mc Carthy, Editor

News roundup »

Domestic Coastal And Marine Could Help “Reboot” Tourism Sector

A survey report from NUI Galway says that “marine active” holidaymakers would be a major area to develop to support a revival of the tourist industry after Covid 19. This is mainly because marine-focussed visitors tend to stay longer and spend more than the average visitor in the areas they go to, according to NUIG’s Socio-Economic Marine Research Unit (SEMRU). Total expenditure by domestic tourists in coastal areas was estimated to be €698 million in 2018, which represents 35% of the total expenditure by domestic tourists that year, the study says.


AQUACULTURE SECTOR AND PARTICULARLY SHELLFISH NEEDS URGENT SUPPORT DECISION »

IFA Aquaculture has sent proposals to the Department of the Marine about supports which the sector is seeking. These follow meetings the IFA has held with the Department. A response to the proposals is awaited.

Support is particularly needed by the shellfish and processing sector, according to the IFA’s Aquaculture Executive, Teresa Morrissey. The finfish sector is “operating pretty well, considering all the constraints around the sector,” she told the MARINE TIMES. The shellfish sector is, however, in a more immediate situation, with a lot of overstocking due to problems caused in the markets by the Covid 19 Pandemic.

INTERNATIONAL NEWS »

Big-brained minnows of tomorrow could face cognitive challenges in warmer waters

Climate change could leave freshwater fish with bigger brains but a reduced ability to effectively explore their surroundings, scientists have found. In order to survive, the world’s aquatic life will need to adapt to the warmer waters which global heating will produce in the coming decades. New research by University of Glasgow biologists suggests that the physiological changes fish will undergo in warmer rivers might require them to trade brains for brawn, with potentially challenging consequences.


COVID-19 TEMPORARY TIE-UP SCHEME OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS

Full details here

Following the recent announcement by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, T.D, Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), Ireland’s seafood development agency, has today (Tuesday, 19th May, 2020) launched a temporary voluntary fleet tie-up scheme designed to assist in adjusting the supply of fish coming onto a market that is currently depressed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and protect quota availability for later in the year. The Scheme will be implemented under Ireland’s European Maritime and Fisheries Fund Operational Programme 2014-20, co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Commission.

Marine Times - Weekly Update: Friday 15th May

A New Approach for Challenging Times

In these extraordinarily difficult times, the MARINE TIMES introduces a new initiative on our website. Each Friday we will publish the WEEKLY UPDATE of News, opinion and comment, including a Podcast interview with an industry figure and a selection of other matters about fishing. Keep in touch by checking the MARINE TIMES WEEKLY UPDATE each Friday.

  • Editorial

    When Will The Nation Wake-Up To The Importance Of The Fishing Industry? 

    The arrest of another non/Irish fishing boat in the past week off West Cork for alleged breaches of the fisheries regulations and the pictures posted on social media at the weekend of 13 lorries lined up at Castletownbere to load catches from French and Spanish boats landing there, to be taken out of Ireland without benefit to the Irish economy, underlines again the tragedy of political and economic neglect of the vast potential in Irish fishing waters.

    Read the full article here»

  • Podcast

    Leading The World In Aquaculture

    Ireland is at the forefront of aquaculture where it has made world-leading advances. The industry is vital to the country and to seafood supplies. That is the view of this week’s interviewee on the Marine Times Podcast - Richard Donnelly, Development and Innovation Manager at Bord Iascaigh Mhara, the national seafood development agency.

    “When you look at aquaculture and you think of being innovative, be it in finance, be it in technology, you can go – yes, the brain power is in Ireland and so we’re just harnessing our brain power."

    Listen to the podcast here»

  • Lead Story

    Making Ireland The ‘Silicon’ Valley For Aquaculture Innovation

    Bord Iascaigh Mhara is searching for entrepreneurs who can make a major impact on Ireland’s aquaculture sector. The aim, according to Richard Donnelly, the national seafood agency’s Development and Innovation Manager, is to make Ireland “the silicon valley for aquaculture innovation.”

    Read the full article here»



unique data from the bottom of the Atlantic »

Unique ocean-bottom recordings of North Atlantic earthquakes and the songs of great baleen whales offshore Ireland have been obtained thanks to one of the boldest deep-ocean research projects ever undertaken in Europe.

The SEA-SEIS project, led by scientists from the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (DIAS), deployed a network of state-of-the-art ocean bottom seismometers across the Irish offshore area, to the west of Ireland, in 2018.

News roundup »

Navy Detains Fifth Vessel For Alleged Fisheries Offences

The Naval Service has detained five fishing boats so far this year for alleged breaches of fishing regulations. The fifth was French-registered and arrested 120 nautical miles south-west of Mizen Head off the West Cork coastline. It was escorted to Castletownbere to be turned over to Gardai for further action.


Nurturing Green Shoots in the Irish Sea »

We are in tough times lads and some realistic news getting into the system on the difficulties which are being experienced in the Markets.

Dr Ronán Cosgrove, Fisheries Conservation Manager, BIM reports: As the Irish Fishing Industry continues to deal with ¬the fall-out from the Covid-19 crisis, its essential that landings are tailored to available markets, and catches are optimised to make best use of available resources. While Nephrops exports remain hampered due to the Italian market collapse, sales of demersal fish species are faring slightly better. As Industry reliance on such species increases, it is imperative that unwanted catches - formerly known as discards - are minimised to boost fish stock sustainability and to maximise economic returns on available quotas.

INTERNATIONAL NEWS »

Scientists successfully develop heat resistant coral to fight bleaching

A team of scientists has successfully produced in a laboratory setting a coral that is more resistant to increased seawater temperatures. The team included researchers from CSIRO, Australia's national science agency, the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) and the University of Melbourne. Corals with increased heat tolerance have the potential to reduce the impact of reef bleaching from marine heat waves, which are becoming more common under climate change.


Marine Times - Weekly Update: Friday 8th May

A New Approach for Challenging Times

In these extraordinarily difficult times, the MARINE TIMES introduces a new initiative on our website. Each Friday we will publish the WEEKLY UPDATE of News, opinion and comment, including a Podcast interview with an industry figure and a selection of other matters about fishing. Keep in touch by checking the MARINE TIMES WEEKLY UPDATE each Friday.

  • Editorial

    The Industry Strikes Back 

    There is a considerable level of anger within the fishing industry over Irish national media coverage which described Ireland as heavily overfishing, based on questionable analysis by a British research group that has a strong environmental background. The analysis has also been contradicted by the EU Maritime Directorate. Too often, the fishing industry has suffered such unwarranted criticism and not sufficiently hit back. This time it is different and the industry has struck back strongly, describing aspects of the media coverage as “unfair” and “poor journalism”.

    Read the full article here»

  • Podcast

    Fishermen Are Fed Up With Negative Media Coverage

    “Fishermen want to stay fishing, they want to protect the stocks. If they go out of business because the stocks are destroyed, the millions and millions of Euros that they have invested in their business goes nowhere, it’s gone and fishermen are fed up risking their lives to catch fish and to come back into shore to be met with this negative media attention that is just not correct.” So says the Chief Executive of the Irish South and West Fish Producers’ Organisation, Patrick Murphy.

    Listen to the podcast here»

  • Lead Story

    Fishing Industry Challenges Overfishing Reports

    The Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation and the Irish South and West Fish Producers have contradicted allegations made by the UK ‘think tank,’ the New Economics Foundation which claimed that it had analysed catches fish catches for a 20-year period and that Ireland was amongst five nations which was one of the ‘top five EU States’ which, it alleged, were overfishing.

    Read the full article here»



online learning for Skipper Training Programme »

The Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) National Fisheries College of Ireland in Castletownbere, Co. Cork is piloting the Skipper Full Certificate of Competency as an online course, commencing this week (6th May 2020).

The Skipper Full Programme will be conducted as a nine-week online course, followed by three weeks in situ in Castletownbere once the college can open for the new academic term in accordance with covid restrictions. This is a popular full-time course, designed for fishermen with a Second-Hand Full Certificate of Competency, and 12 months sea time in that capacity, who wish to gain further qualifications in skippering a vessel.

News roundup »

Concern about Spanish vessel at Castletownbere

The skipper and eight of the crew of the ‘Notre Dame Cedeira’, which docked in Castletownbere on April 21 have tested positive for COVID-19, according to media reports in Spain.

Six of the crew of the 33-metre longliner were not infected when given hospital tests. The skipper wanted to remain on the vessel to avoid infecting his family, but was told he had to quarantine elsewhere and is in a local hotel, according to the reports.


Art Kavanagh: 'Let’s Buy Irish Fish' »

We are in tough times lads and some realistic news getting into the system on the difficulties which are being experienced in the Markets.

Apparently some Fresh Fish getting away but the Quasi Embargo being attempted by the French Fishermen is disturbing on many fronts but I suppose it does show the power than can exert by sticking together. I would like to think that the EU may tap them on the shoulder ……. At times like this it is important to make every bullet count and waste no money in landing fish without having some indication that it can be sold.

INTERNATIONAL NEWS »

Inland fisheries are being over looked

That is the view of a report published in ‘Nature Sustainability’ which says that managing freshwater systems to protect inland fish and fisheries will produce substantial co-benefits to people and meet the United Nation’s (UN) Sustainable Development Goals Dr. Sui Phang, Research Fellow at the University of Portsmouth, UK, on of the report’s authors said that Inland fisheries “are frequently undervalued or ignored compared with other sectors, such as agriculture, drinking water, power, sanitation, transportation and marine fisheries.


Marine Times - Weekly Update: Friday 1st May

A New Approach for Challenging Times

In these extraordinarily difficult times, the MARINE TIMES introduces a new initiative on our website. Each Friday we will publish the WEEKLY UPDATE of News, opinion and comment, including a Podcast interview with an industry figure and a selection of other matters about fishing. Keep in touch by checking the MARINE TIMES WEEKLY UPDATE each Friday.

  • Editorial

    Will the EU Control the French – You Want To Bet?

    Today the MARINE TIMES reveals how sectors of the French fishing industry are intimidating French wholesalers and retailers who import and sell Irish fish, in an attempt to prevent them doing so. This is typical of the actions of sectors of the French industry and is highlighted in our Podcast this week where the Managing Director of the Castletownbere Fishermen’s Co-operative, John Nolan, says: “They like to declare European waters when they have 50 per cent of the monkfish quota which they fish in Irish waters, while Ireland has just 5 per cent of the quota in these, its own waters, but they don’t like it when there is a European market which should have equal access.”

    Read the full article here»

  • Podcast

    French Intimidation and Boycott is Wrong!

    As you’ll have read in our Editorial this week, there are sectors of the French fishing industry attempting to boycott and intimidate the sale of non/French caught fish in France. This is typical of the French industry when it ignores EU regulations and, as John Nolan, Managing Director of the Castletownbere Fishermen’s Co-operative points out in this week’s Podcast, he is deeply disappointed by their attitude.

    Listen to the podcast here»

  • Lead Story

    Foreign Landings Nearly Three Times That Of Irish Boats

    It was revealed this week that Non/Irish fishing vessels landed 22,900 tonnes of fish at Castletownbere last year, for a total value of €95 million. Irish vessels landed 11,700 tonnes for a total value of €35m. Those figures, issued by the State fisheries agency, Bord Iascaigh Mhara, show how the Irish fishing industry suffers from the EU Common Fisheries Policy which heavily limits the Irish fleet.

    Read the full article here»



IRELAND’S SEAFOOD SECTOR IS RESILIENT »

The estimated GDP of the Irish seafood sector is €1.22 billion.

There are 16,150 people employed, directly and indirectly, in the sector in Ireland which “remained resilient” last year. According to Bord Iascaigh Mhara in its published ‘Snapshot of Ireland’s Seafood Sector’ for 2019 it “weathered the wide global economic challenges of Brexit and volatility in world trade markets.”

International News »

UK Government Scheme Criticised

The National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations (NFFO) has criticised a government support package to protect English businesses from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, stating that the three-month scheme “could not be described as generous.”


Fish producer organisations MEET WITH MINISTER »

The country’s Fish Producers’ Organisations discussed with the Marine Minister, Michael Creed, this week the need for a temporary tie-up for the Irish fleet due to the Covid-19 situation and assistance to the industry.

There was, the MARINE TIMES is told, “unity amongst the FPOs and NIFFO” who were also part of the meeting, about the need for assistance. Such unity within the industry is interesting. Responses are awaited. The Minister was criticised for not participating in the last meeting, as reported last week by the MARINE TIMES. There was reluctance to comment on the meeting and its outcome by participants. No decisions have so far been communicated. Listen also in this regard to the Podcast.

ISLAND PROPOSALS TO HELP FISHING »

One of the many downsides created by Covid-19 is the collapse of the fish markets: most Island fishing boats are tied up as they simply can’t sell their catch.

Rhoda Twombly – Comhdháil Oileán na hEireann, the Islands’ Federation says that while time ashore is spent on boat & equipment maintenance, the Island fishers would much prefer to get out and fish. IIMRO (Irish Islands Marine Resource Org) has several proposals to help Island fishers. Urgent measures include direct income support, a repayment holiday on loans for fishing gear until the crisis ends and a fund to help maintain boats in a seaworthy condition.


Marine Times - Weekly Update: Friday 24th April

A New Approach for Challenging Times

In these extraordinarily difficult times, the MARINE TIMES introduces a new initiative on our website. Each Friday we will publish the WEEKLY UPDATE of News, opinion and comment, including a Podcast interview with an industry figure and a selection of other matters about fishing. Keep in touch by checking the MARINE TIMES WEEKLY UPDATE each Friday.

  • Editorial

    Where Was the Minister?

    While agreement was reached between the nation’s long-time dominant political parties, Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael for a historic Government Coalition, heralded with the statement: “We are an island nation, bound together by solidarity,” the Minister for the Marine was unable to find the time to discuss with the fishing industry the problems caused by the current Covid-19 Pandemic.

    Read the full article here»

  • Podcast

    Opportunity to Promote the Fishing Industry Must Be Taken

    Two weeks ago the MARINE TIMES reported proposals made by the Irish South and West Fish Producers’ Organisation for development of the domestic fish market. The FPO called on BIM to carry out a ‘Market Evaluation’ of Ireland’s domestic market. Art Kavanagh, QFA, is a Marine Consultant based in Killybegs, Co.Donegal, one of the best-known financiers for the industry, who is credited as being the main innovator in developing banking support for fishing. He has written to Bord Bia and Bord Iascaigh Mhara, calling for stronger and more effective promotional support for fishing.

    Listen to the podcast here»

  • Lead Story

    Getting Answers from the Department of the Marine

    Getting answers to questions about Government decisions on the fishing industry can be difficult. During the week, prior to the meeting between the Department and the industry, in which Minister Creed did not take part, it took four days of constant effort and repeating of the same questions to get answers from the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.

    Read the full article here»



EXCLUSIVE MARINE TIMES INTerview »

Interview with EU Fisheries Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevicius

The Marine Times has been offered the exclusive opportunity to interview EU Fisheries Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevicius. Conscious of the answers recently given to the Marine Times by our own Department of Marine and the absence of the Minister himself from a key meeting with fishing representatives in relation to the Covid-19 crisis we put a number of questions to the Commissioner and wish to thank him for the replies received.

"There are currently sufficient funds available in the existing budget. What was most important now, was to give Member States the flexibility to reallocate, at short notice, existing financial resources within their operational programme to the specific measures. But it is true that this possibility will be limited by the budget allocations that Member States have already received, which they cannot exceed."

International News »

Consultation Launched on Proposed Regulations for Wild Wrasse Fishery

A consultation has been launched on proposals to introduce mandatory controls on the harvesting of wild wrasse in Scottish waters. The purpose of this consultation is to seek views about whether the Scottish Government should introduce mandatory measures to control the harvesting of live wrasse for the salmon farming industry. Voluntary measures were introduced in 2018 by the Scottish government, working with the SSPO (Scottish salmon Producers Organisation). Marine Scotland has undertaken an internal review, and engaging with the SSPO and salmon farm operators, they concluded that while most of the original voluntary measures are operating satisfactorily, there is scope to improve the reporting of wrasse fishing activity and merit in introducing more formal harvesting measures - which would bring the wrasse fishery more into line with other Scottish fisheries.


AQUACULTURE CHAIR CALLS FOR IMMEDIATE ACTION BY MINISTER »

IFA Aquaculture Chairman Michael Mulloy has called on the Minister for the Marine to immediately support the sector.

It has suffered a 40-60 per cent loss, he says. “Irish aquaculture producers are suffering cashflow problems with 40-60% losses in turnover compared with the same period last year, as the closure of food service sector across Europe has a direct impact on the industry.”


Marine Times - Weekly Update: Friday 17th April

A New Approach for Challenging Times

In these extraordinarily difficult times, the MARINE TIMES introduces a new initiative on our website. Each Friday we will publish the WEEKLY UPDATE of News, opinion and comment, including a Podcast interview with an industry figure and a selection of other matters about fishing. Keep in touch by checking the MARINE TIMES WEEKLY UPDATE each Friday.

  • Editorial

    No Ministerial Meeting Yet with the Fishing Industry

    Last week the Irish South and West Fishermen’s Organisation called for a meeting with the Minister for the Marine which, it said, was needed “as soon as possible” to evaluate where in the current EMFF Programme, money not already spent could be reallocated to assist the industry and maintain a regular supply of fish to the Domestic Market.

    Read the full article here»

  • Podcast

    Aquaculture Is Not Getting the Limelight It Should

    IFA Calls For Special Attention

    Aquaculture does not get enough attention as a vital source of seafood supply and must be given access to EMFF Funding during the current COVID crisis. Like all other industries aquaculture must be enabled to survive, the IFA Aquaculture’s Executive, Teresa Morrissey, has told the MARINE TIMES in a wide-ranging interview about the sector.

    Listen to the podcast here»

  • Lead Story

    Europe Approves Funding for Fishing Industry – Irish Government Must Take Action NOW!

    Marine Minister Michael Creed must take immediate action to implement a newly developed European funding package for hard-hit Irish fishing / aquaculture and seafood sectors. EU ambassadors have agreed the Council's position on a proposal to help tackle the negative impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on the fishery and aquaculture sector.

    Read the full article here»



SEAFOOD RECIPE »

Oscar's Seafood Bistro - Fish Finger Sandwich!

Oscar’s Seafood Bistro is located in the historic West-side of Galway City which is also known as the cultural quarter by the local population. Situated on Dominick street with the best of Galways pubs for both live music and a quiet pint as neighbors, Oscars is a perfect bistro to enjoy a selection of real local foods in particular the Seafood freshly caught off the coast of Galway and sourced from local fishermen and the best of Galways fishmongers. Everyone at Oscar's Seafood Bistro is looking forward to the day when they can open their doors gain and welcome all their friends - new and old - to celebrate the end of the current situation we all find ourselves in.

International News »

'Longest Animal Ever' Discovered in Deep-Sea Canyon Off Australia

Underwater explorers claim to have found a 150-foot-long (45 metres) siphonophore — a translucent, stringy creature that, like coral, is made up of smaller critters — living in a submarine canyon off the coast of Australia. It's "seemingly the largest animal ever discovered," the Schmidt Ocean Institute said. The new, record-setting siphonophore was one of several discoveries made by a team aboard the research vessel, Falkor, while exploring deep-sea canyons near Australia's Ningaloo Coast.


Plaice survival in the Irish Seine Net Fishery »

Estimated 87% survival rate obtained. Report by Dr Ronán Cosgrove, Fisheries Conservation Manager, BIM Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), Ireland’s Seafood Development Agency, recently completed a plaice survival study in collaboration with Damien Turner and crew on board bottom seine net vessel, MFV Róise Catríona.

Led by BIM’s Martin Oliver, the trial was conducted around 5 hours steaming south of Castletownbere in October 2019. The condition of plaice caught under normal fishing operations was assessed using well established fish vitality/movement and injury assessment protocols. Most of the plaice were in excellent condition with vigorous body movement. Scale and mucus loss were the predominant injuries. Applying observed plaice survival rates from a Danish seine net study conducted in the Skagerrak inferred a survival estimate of 87% for plaice in the Irish fishery.

Objections to Huge 50-Mile Windfarm »

DP Energy Ireland, a company based in Cork which is described as building, developing and managing wind, tidal and solar energy projects and services, has proposed a windfarm on a site reported to be 50kms in width from Dungarvan on the Waterford coast to Cork Harbour. It has sought a foreshore licence for investigative work according to information.

It is understood that objections have been lodged with the Marine Planning Policy and Development, section of the Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government. The applicant for the foreshore license has been named as Clodagh McGrath/IMEP Limited, who is understood to be the Environment and Consents Manager and the application is “preliminary to Offshore Wind Energy Project known as Inis Ealga Project for DP Energy Ireland Limited.”


Marine Times - Weekly Update: Friday 10th April

A New Approach for Challenging Times

In these extraordinarily difficult times, the MARINE TIMES introduces a new initiative on our website. Each Friday we will publish the WEEKLY UPDATE of News, opinion and comment, including a Podcast interview with an industry figure and a selection of other matters about fishing. Keep in touch by checking the MARINE TIMES WEEKLY UPDATE each Friday.

  • Editorial

    THE IMPORTANCE OF THE FISHING INDUSTRY

    In the current Covid 19 crisis Ireland’s physical island situation has become more apparent to the general public. That we live on an island should have given the country more protection, is an opinion widely expressed and that more rigorous protective decisions could have been made at an earlier stage.

    Read the full article here»

  • Main Story & Podcast

    IRISH SOUTH AND WEST CALLS FOR IMMEDIATE ACTION TO ENSURE FUTURE OF FISHING INDUSTRY

    “Fishing is a designated critical service and for the benefit of all our societies must be supported,” the Irish South and West Fish Producers’ Organisation has said in proposals made for ‘Domestic Market Development’ and a request for Marine Minister Michael Creed to engage in discussions with the fishing industry.

    Listen to the podcast here»

  • Quare Times Lads

    by Art Kavanagh

    Reality comes home with a bang when markets close and we are advised to put the Keys in the Drawer and stop fishing. The stark reality of the current situation was best described by John Nolan of the Castletownbere Fishermens’ Co Op when comparing the previous price of White Pollack at €3.50 per KG with the £0.40 paid at Newlyn Market.

    Read the full article here»



SEAFOOD RECIPE »

The Fish Box / Flannery's Seafood Bar have given us details of their Superprawn Salad ... it's delish!

The Fish Box Dingle opened its doors during the summer of 2018. But long before that, fishing has been at the centre of the Flannery’s life and and is embedded in their nature. The fishing industry has been ever present in their lives as they are the fourth generation of a truly fishing revolved family. The father, Michael, has been a fisherman since 1975. In 2000 he opted to build his own 35 meter trawler named ‘Emerald Dawn.’ In 2007, we sold ‘Emerald Dawn’ and opted to move on to a more efficient 24 meter ‘Cú Na Mara’, which is Gaelic for ‘Hound of the Sea.’ In 2011, Michael took a step back and allowed his sons Patrick and Micheál to have a more leading role. Michael took to a more managerial role while their mother, Deirdre, opened her own café. Since then, both Patrick and Micheál have been searching for ways to optimise the value for the Cú Na Mara’s catch. After much thought, they decided to try and amalgamate their parent’s professions and open their very own Seafood Bar.

International News »

European Parliament Chairman says ‘Red Tape Regulations’ on Fishermen Must be Reduced

The Chairman of the European Parliament’s Committee on Fisheries has made a strong attack on the amount of regulations with which fishermen have to deal. 40-year-old Pierre Karleskind. a French oceanographer and politician, stressed the need to ‘reduce red tape’ and make European maritime and fisheries regulations simpler, reducing administrative burden. “I don’t think there is a sector that has to face as many regulations as fishermen do. Professionals almost need a PhD to become a fisherman,” he told Europêche’s General Assembly, the representative body for fishermen in the EU, claiming to represent 45,000 vessels, artisanal and large-scale and 80,000 fishermen. It has 16 member organisations in 10 European countries.”


Crisis point: brown crab fishery prices plummet »

The Brown crab fishery is in crisis as fishermen are facing a reduction of up to 80% in their earnings due to the current closure of the Chinese markets.

The lack of access to markets in China was initially due to the different approaches of the EU and the People’s Republic of China when it comes to permitted levels of cadmium in crustaceans, the maximum legal limit in China is much lower than in Europe or other countries. But now that issue has been eclipsed by the rapid spread of the Corona virus and the subsequent enforced restrictions on the movement of goods. A spokesperson for the National Inshore Fishermen’s Association (NIFA) and its sister group the National Inshore Fishermen’s Organisation (NIFO) described the current issues facing the crab sector, particularly market access to China “as probably the most immediate and concerning issue currently facing their membership and probably the wider inshore sector to date.

Area 6a Monk and Megrim survey planned for April »

The third leg of the annual Irish Anglerfish and Megrim Survey (IAMS2020) will be carried out by the Marine Institute from 11th April to 20th April 2020 to the north and northwest coast of Ireland. Marine Notice No. 08 of 2020 has been issued to notify all shipowners, fishing vessel owners, skippers, fishers, yachtsmen and seafarers, of the survey’s locations and dates.

The 65metre research vessel Celtic Explorer will carry out the IAMS demersal trawl survey using a Jackson trawl which will consist of approximately 50 otter trawls of 60 minutes duration in ICES area 6a. In Marine Notice No. 08 of 2020, the Marine Institute requests that commercial fishing and other marine operators keep a 3 nautical mile radius area around the tow points clear of any gear or apparatus during the survey period outlined above. While there is no statutory provision for the loss of gear at sea, the Marine Institute will make every effort to avoid gear adequately marked according to legislation that may be encountered in the notified areas.