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A dedicated lifeboatman from Helvick Head at Ring in the Waterford Gaeltacht made the crystal bowl in which Taoiseach Enda Kenny presented Shamrock to US President Donald Trump to mark St.Patrick’s Day.

Eamonn Terry is owner of the crystal craft business Criostal na Rinne in the Waterford Gaeltacht of An Rinn which was chosen by the Taoiseach’s Office to provide the handmade crystal bowl. Eamonn design and cut the special crystal piece.

He has been involved in the Helvick Head Lifeboat Station since 1996. He first served as a Helmsman until he took up the position as Deputy Launching Authority (DLA) on retirement from the crew in 2000. In 2001 he was appointed Lifeboat Training Co-Ordinator (LTC) until he retired in March 2015. He was awarded an RNLI Inscribed Statuette at the 2013 RNLI Annual Awards in Dublin and was also presented with a token of appreciation for outstanding service on behalf of the crew by Colin Williams, Divisional Operations Manager at a ceremony in the Helvick Lifeboat Station on his retirement.

Pringle calls for intervention on China’s ban on Live Brown Crab imports from Ireland

Speaking in the Dáil today, Deputy Pringle said ‘if there was a ban on Irish pork, the Minister would be straight out to China seeking immediate resumption of the pork trade. But since this is about Live Brown Crab, the Government has paid little attention to the ban or its implications on crab fishermen in Donegal and across Ireland.

“It’s unacceptable that we are almost a year and a half (16 months) into China’s ban on our Live Brown Crab imports, while other countries that were also affected by the ban have already resolved this diplomatic issue.

“The UK ended the ban within 12 months and France had it resolved after only 8 months. That’s because their Governments took the ban seriously and engaged in the necessary diplomatic approach.

“I’ve addressed this in the Dáil before only to be told repeatedly that the SFPA has sole authority on the issue, however they are responsible in enforcing the legislation the Government imposes, not resolving an international diplomatic dispute.

“I want to make it clear that this is not a legislative issue, it’s a purely diplomatic one and it’s not enough for the SFPA to step in. We need coherent Government action including the Minister for Foreign Affairs and the Minister for Agriculture. Diplomatic efforts were briefly made during a routine Trade mission to China last September and communications are apparently ongoing between the SFPA and Chinese trade officials, but again that’s leaving diplomacy to an Authority when it’s the job of the various relevant Ministers.

“The ban has little to do with health and safety either because France has started taking in Live Brown Crab imports from Ireland and repackaging them to China.

“We must also be conscious of the impact the ban is having on growth within the sector. The gross loss to our export sales could be as close to €5 million in 2016 and will be much more in 2017 if we do not get back supplying them again soon. So today I called on the Minister to properly intervene and address the situation immediately” concludes Pringle.


Fish Seafood Deli, a successful and well established seafood company based in West Cork, have developed and launched a new product range under the brand name ‘Fresh Fish Deli’

Made using locally caught fish from DC Fish’s trawler off Union Hall and a network of local fishing boats from West Cork, this delicious range of fish cakes and pies can be put straight in the oven in their containers and are ready in 20 minutes.

Business partners Monica Buckley of DC Fish and Peter Shanahan of Fish Seafood Deli are both well recognised in the Irish Seafood Sector with DC Fish receiving the award for ‘Fishing Enterprise of the Year’ at the BIM Awards in 2016 and Peter Shanahan, a finalist in the 2016 BIM Young Fishmonger of the Year.

Monica Buckley explains their plans for this year; ‘We are both very excited about this new range. We are, after all, seafood people. Peter is a master fishmonger and seafood retailer and along with my husband Niall Deasy, I run a successful seafood business. We are proud to say our products are now stocked in Super Valu stores in Munster and they will be available nationwide this year. We are delighted to be taking part in Supervalu’s Food Academy and working with BIM’s Seafood Innovation Academy who are assisting us with another new product concept – so watch this space!’

Fish Seafood Deli and DC Fish collectively employ 25 people. DC Fish operate a successful seafood business model that offers a ‘frozen at sea’ product range to domestic, retail and export driven wholesale seafood business. Fish Seafood Deli has gone from being a retail operation to selling fresh fish directly to hotels and restaurants and from two mobile units.

So look out for the delicious new ‘Fresh Fish Deli’ range in a Supervalu store near you. For more information on Fresh Fish Deli products, visit www.westcorkgourmet.ie

Good News on Ash Wednesday!
EU Fisheries Investment Programme to deliver €1.68 Million to South East Region

BIM, Ireland’s Seafood Development Agency and the South East Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG) today, 1st March 2017, announced a local development strategy that will deliver €1.68 million to the region.

The South East FLAG is one of 7 FLAG groups that are participating in the Fisheries Local Action Group scheme which is co-funded under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund and is administered by BIM. The National Programme will deliver €12 million in funding to coastal communities by 2020 towards projects that promote and support innovation by adding value to seafood products and diversifying the local economies in these coastal areas towards new economic activities, particularly in the broader maritime sector.

Mr. Liam Griffin, Chairman of the South East Action Plan for Jobs Tourism Group, opened the event at Hook Lighthouse, Co. Wexford; ‘This strategy is a great opportunity for the South East region. The members of the South East FLAG chaired by Noel McDonagh are all capable and dedicated leaders in the marine, tourism and business sectors and the tailored strategy they have produced is built on consultation and input from stakeholders within the coastal communities of counties Wicklow, Wexford and Waterford. I am delighted to have been invited here today to launch this programme and I would encourage local interests to take advantage of the funding available’

The South East FLAG Strategy covers the coastal zones of Counties Waterford, Wexford and Wicklow. It notes that 1,233 people are employed in the marine/seafood sector in the region. The main fishing ports/harbours are Wicklow, Arklow, Wexford town, Rosslare harbour, Kilmore Quay, Dunmore East and Helvick. Both Dunmore East and Kilmore Quay are listed in the top 5 ports in Ireland with overall fish landings of 10,978 tonnes.

Michael Keatinge, Interim CEO, BIM outlined how important this programme is to the region; ‘The FLAG programme is designed to empower coastal communities to develop their own strategies that will leverage and maximise the marine opportunities in the area. Over the period of the last FLAG programme from 2012-2015, more than 180 projects were awarded grants of just under €1m towards a wide range of initiatives targeting job creation, social inclusion, tourism, regeneration and market development supported around the coastline. The South East region has a strong maritime industry and heritage and this new strategy will provide a funding mechanism to develop this industry and associated community projects’

The deadline to apply for funding to the South East FLAG is 5.00pm 15th March; please contact John Hickey, South East FLAG Facilitator on 053 9129632 for further information and send completed applications to Caroline Curraoin, FLAG Investment Coordinator, c/o BIM, PO Box 9799, Crofton Road, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin. Please note applications must be consistent with the South East FLAG Local Development Strategy which is available on www.bim.ie

Inside our March issue this month:

Anger as Minister Ignores Industry Concerns
Northern Ireland Vessels Now Allowed Inside Ireland’s 6 Mile Limit - All Without Industry Consultation

Minister for Agriculture, Food and Marine, Michael Creed has just introduced new legislation to allow Northern Ireland vessels to fish within Ireland’s exclusive fisheries zone, 0 and 6 nautical miles from the shoreline. Many from within the fishing sector are dismayed at the decision to introduce this legislation as there has been no consultation between the Irish fishing industry and Minister Michael Creed on this issue.

What Does Consultation Mean?

Back in December the Irish Fish Producers’ Organisation sent a strongly-worded letter to the Minister for the Marine, Michael Creed, which included this statement: “You are obliged to consult with us prior to the exercise of your Ministerial Prerogative on policy.” Thus a fundamental question about fisheries matters in this country was brought to the fore.

Greencastle Fishermen Welcome Council Support For Breakwater Project
Harbour Group Now Have Their Sights Set On The Future

Greencastle fisherman, Cara Rawdon, recently retired chairman of The Irish Fish Producers Organisation Ltd (IFPO), has welcomed Donegal County Council’s recent declaration of financial support towards financing the completion of the breakwater at Greencastle.

The Consequences of ‘Fake News’ and ‘Alternative Facts’ on the Fishing Industry and Coastal Communities

The recent Presidential election in America brought a few new terms into general conversation such as ‘fake news’ and ‘alternative facts’. As an industry we have no one batting for us in the mainstream print media. In fact in the last three months I have read numerous articles on the impacts of Brexit on the Irish Fishing Industry. Much of that content was very misleading for the public and really only addressed the impacts in a cursory way. In fact the articles focused on national sharing arrangements for mackerel and the Killybegs RSW fleet. What I find more interesting is that these articles were written with no expert input or balance. Moreover the articles failed to address what Brexit really means for the Irish Fishing industry and all the ancillary businesses associated with it.

Annual Return of Supertrawlers Off Donegal Coast Raising Concerns

“Annually, Supertrawlers have caused significant damage to local fishermens’ gear such as crab and lobster pots and there are concerns this could be repeated as these huge ships return off the coast of Donegal once again this year,” according to Independent TD for Donegal, Thomas Pringle.

KFO Calls on Creed to Focus Exclusively on Brexit and Withdraw Mackerel Review
Review Causing Division in Irish Fishing Industry As Unprecedented Brexit Challenges Loom

The Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation (KFO) has called on the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed to focus all his energies on protecting Irish fisheries ahead of Brexit and to immediately withdraw a flawed mackerel sharing review on which important time and resources are being squandered. UK Fisheries Minister, George Eustice has already claimed that British fishermen will catch hundreds of thousands of tonnes more fish after Brexit while Ireland, which shares 47 out of its 50 Total Allowable Catches (TAC) with the UK, stands to lose catastrophically from an EU without Britain. Some 31% of 2015 Irish catches come from UK waters with the two main species for Irish fishermen, mackerel and nephrops, requiring anything from 40% to 60% access to British fishing grounds.

Meeting On Outstanding Issues Surrounding Atypical Work Permits Sought

Currently, several issues are effecting the Atypical work permit scheme and a letter has been sent to Minister Frances Fitzgerald at the Department of Justice and Equality seeking a meeting with her department and the WRC to discuss the renewal process on the Atypical permits.

MFV Endurance playing Hide and Seek - Photo by Alan O'Shea

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There is always something interesting to be reported upon and discussed about the maritime sphere.

This week the importance of maintaining knowledge of our maritime history and passing it onto future generations was underlined to me as I recorded an interview for THIS ISLAND NATION on the quayside at Kinsale on the South Cork coastline. The town's historical society was laying wreaths at a memorial to two brothers, Tim and Mortimer McCarthy from a fishing family in the area, who had both won Polar medals for their service with the world's renowned Polar explorers - Mortimer with Captain Scott on the Terra Nova Expedition in 1910. A mountain in Antarctica is named after Mortimer McCarthy. His brother, Tim, was with Shackleton and Tom Crean on the legendary rescue voyage for the Endurance crew from Elephant Island in the James Caird lifeboat. But Tim is not as well-known as Tom Crean. The remembrance ceremony was held a hundred years to the day since Tim McCarthy, was killed while serving aboard the tanker SS Naragansett when it was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U44 off the South Coast of Ireland during World War One.

"The memory of these men is part of the history of this maritime town and must be preserved," said Terry Connolly. "It is important that we remember and that we pass on what we remember to the younger generation so that they can know their history."

He is correct about passing on our history to the next generation. He also referred to the "connection of the coincidence of history between Polar explorers and Irish revolutionaries" which you can hear about on the programme.


And in this edition of the programme we remember the tragedy of the loss of Coast Guard helicopter R116.

Listen to the programme here on the MARINE TIMES website.

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TechWorks Marine a leader in the Metocean data networking was awarded a contract to design and deploy an operational Wave Buoy by Port of Cork in late 2016, to be deployed at Roche’s Point on the approach to Cork Harbour.

As the Wave climate in Ireland takes its toll on equipment, a large platform was recommended in order to survive the heavy weather, and maximise visibility of the data buoy to the shipping activity using the harbour on a daily basis.

Central to this development is the TechWorks Marine TMBB-Data Acquisition and Transmission system, the versatile and configurable monitoring platform is designed around it. The TMBB is a robust, reliable and scalable data acquisition system, which ensures the ongoing collection and transmission of quality assured data to enable clients to make informed decisions linked to their commercial activity. Already operational, data is being transmitted in real-time every 20 minutes to the Port of Cork Operations station. The inertial wave sensor used on the buoy is the SeaView Systems SVS-603. The Mobilis Jet9000 buoy Hull was selected as the most robust and reliable platform for such long term operational deployment.

The engineering team at TechWorks Marine carried out the full system integration and testing and extensive onsite training was provided, combined with detailed hardware and software documentation. The TechWorks Marine Data buoy can be easily upgraded in the future with additional Meteorological and Oceanographic sensors given the modular structure of the TMBB system.

Ms Charlotte O’Kelly, CEO of TechWorks Marine confirmed that the Wave buoy was deployed operationally in early December following initial on-site testing by TechWorks Marine. Ms O'Kelly said: ‘At present, the data buoy reports directly to the Port of Cork operations centre from where its data is used to ensure the safety of ships coming in and out of the Harbour.’

Port of Cork Harbour Master, Captain Paul O Regan commented on the wave buoy saying: ‘To date the wave data we have collected has been extremely useful with regards to our shipping operations. Safety is our first priority at the Port of Cork and this technology will assist us as we see larger vessels arriving into the port.’

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Increase in By-Catch for Bluefin Tuna Could Create Rod & Line Fishery

At the end of last year, twenty Bluefin tuna were caught and tagged in Donegal bay by the Marine Institute in conjunction with an angling vessel. It is hoped that the tags will provide critical scientific data when they detach from the tuna and surface after 9 months.

“Johnny Mac” New Fishing Vessel Joins the Boatstrand Fleet

Young fisherman Luke Taylor’s boat the MFV Johnny Mac is ready to join the Boatstrand fleet of fishing boats. Luke who started fishing on finishing school five years ago is following the career path of his ancestors.

Read more in our February issue

Robert and Michael Kearney of Clonmany Take Delivery of a New Cygnus Typhoon

Clonmany’s Kearney brothers Robert and Michael are taking delivery this week of a new 11.9m Typhoon which they had built at Murphy Marine Services on Valentia Island, Co. Kerry.

V-Notching Programme for Oversize Lobsters Extended to 2018

Minister Michael Creed has signed into law S.I. No. 679 which provides for the extension of management measures for Lobsters until 1st January 2018.

Read more in our February issue

Marine Times - Rogues Gallery

Mickey McLaughlin, Foyle Fisher down in Dunmore East with two of his helpful hands - Photo by William Power.

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