Marine Times - Weekender: Saturday 4th July
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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
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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
A Belfast Maritime Consortium led by Artemis Technologies has won a £33 million UK Government innovation grant to develop zero emissions ferries in the city, that will revolutionise the future of maritime transport. With further investment from consortium partners, the total project investment will reach close to £60m over the next four years, creating an initial 125 research and development jobs, and leading to more than 1,000 in the region over the next 10 years.
The 13 partner syndicate - which is a mix of established and young companies, including Belfast Harbour and Bombardier, academia and local public bodies - is the only Northern Irish or maritime recipient of the UK Research and Innovation flagship Strength in Places Fund.
TOM MacSWEENEY THIS ISLAND NATION PODCAST
On the new edition of THIS ISLAND NATION, the maritime programme - the story of five generations of an Achill Island family and its connection with the sea and – instead of going abroad on holiday this year, why not explore the Irish coastline?
There is also the story of the disappearance of an entire colony of seabirds – no one knows where they’ve gone and the programme reports how “Ireland’s closest port to Europe” will be changed by a €30m development.
As always, a wide variety of items about the sea on the maritime programme presented by Marine Times Deputy Editor Tom MacSweeney.
THIS ISLAND NATION is supported by Ireland’s leading maritime newspaper, the MARINE TIMES
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”