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Marine Times - This Island Nation : PODCAST


    Hallo and welcome to my regular Podcast which includes items from my maritime radio programme, THIS ISLAND NATION.

    Following up on my last Podcast – and you can read more about this in the December edition of the Marine Times, in the last few days before applications for the €3m.eel compensation scheme closed on Friday, November 30, there were “a significant number of applications being received daily,” according to the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment.

    More about this in the December edition of the MARINE TIMES….

    BIM’s National Seafood Awards ceremony was an impressive event, held in Christ Church in Dublin, where Castletownbere woman Margaret Downey Harrington was given a Lifetime Award for her contribution to the industry. She is the subject of our monthly INTERVIEW feature in the December edition of the paper. It was typical of her pride in the fishing industry and its people that, when given the award she dedicated it to the fishermen and to Mná na Mara, the ‘Women of the Sea’ organisation of which she was one of the leading founders.

    She outlines her views about the industry in this edition of THIS ISLAND NATION PODCAST which you can listen to here (Many thanks to BIM for Audio):


    On this Podcast edition of THIS ISLAND NATION, INLAND FISHERIES IRELAND outlines background to the eel industry closure and. Rhoda Twombly, Secretary of Comhdháil Oileán na hEireann, says that there is still a lot of concern about the future of the air service to the Aran Islands.

    On this edition of the programme about Ireland’s maritime culture, history, tradition and development … “Ireland’s maritime radio talk show…” we are told about the marine buoy data network, so important to Irish weather forecasting and the €700,000 investment being made in the system. The latest news and developments about the largest participant sport in the country, angling, are reported on…. The woman who has spent 60 years in the fishing industry and been given a lifetime achievement award for her work, describes why the industry is so important, we hear about the health of Ireland’s offshore islanders and why seafarers are so important to Ireland.

    You can listen to the full THIS ISLAND NATION programme here:

Latest News

  • 240,000 Salmon Returned to Irish Shores Last Year

    : It is estimated that 240,000 Atlantic salmon returned to Irish shores last year, according to Inland Fisheries Ireland. The enduring Atlantic salmon populations in Irish waters were being highlighted at the launch of the International Year of the Salmon (IYS), which takes place in 2019.

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  • Ballyglass RNLI in 11 and a half hour call out to rescue three fishermen after boat breaks down

    Volunteers from Ballyglass RNLI spent 11 and half hours at sea today to bring three fishermen to safety. The lifeboat crew were requested to launch their all-weather lifeboat at 4am this morning (Monday 3 December) following a request from the Irish Coast Guard to go to the aid of three fishermen onboard a 10m vessel that had got into difficulty 38 miles from Ballyglass.

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  • Don't underestimate the buoys! Met Eireann, Marine Institute & Ireland's Marine Buoy Network

    Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Minister Creed T.D. has announced investment of over €0.7M in the Marine Data Buoy Network. The additional funding will provide for both ongoing operations and a significant upgrading of the existing infrastructure.

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December issue in shops from Saturday 5th December

  • 20% Cut in Mackerel For 2019

    KFO Highly Critical of Scientific Advice Provided

    The EU, Norway and Faroes have signed a tripartite agreement in Bergen, Norway setting the TAC for mackerel for 2019 at 653,438 tonnes a 20% reduction on this year’s TAC. The Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation (KFO) is very disappointed, but not surprised, at the outcome given that the scientific advice issued at the end of September was recommending a much larger reduction of 61%. The KFO is highly critical of the scientific advice which is not only calling for massive 61% reduction but is also stating that the stock is in decline since 2011.

  • Westbound Undergoes A Total Refurbishment At Mooneys Boats

    Antarctic Polyvalent Fishing Co Ltd has recently purchased the MFV Westbound. The vessel was built in 2001 for Declan Doogan, Killybegs / Burtonport at Mooney Boats Ltd in Killybegs. The MFV Westbound is a 16.5m x 6m vessel powered by a Caterpillar engine and is fitted with 2 new Mitsubishi auxiliary engines. On purchase of the MFV Westbound, Eamon McHugh & family returned to Mooney Boats in Killybegs to have the vessel completely refurbished. The refurbishment was a combined effort from all the local companies in Killybegs including Mooney Boats Ltd, SeaQuest, KER, Doherty Joinery and several other local companies.

  • BIM Seminar to Assist Fishermen with New EU Landing Obligation

    Over 100 participants from the seafood sector attended BIM’s seminar on the EU Commission’s Landing Obligation in Páirc Uí Chaoimh. The Landing Obligation aims to reduce the levels of unwanted catches, the fish species that unintentionally end up in fishermens’ nets.  As the Landing Obligation requires all caught fish to be counted against quotas, including unwanted species, its introduction represents a radical change in fisheries management to encourage more selective fishing procedures. 

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

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


The Future of the Legendary Galway Hookers

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

Great Lighthouses of Ireland RTE Documentary »

Great Lighthouses of Ireland RTE Documentary

Irish Lights has announced its involvement in a four-part documentary series with RTE 1 that tells the story of Ireland’s lighthouses and the associated aids to navigation network around the island of Ireland and the vital role it plays in ensuring safety at sea for all. The documentary, Great Lighthouses of Ireland, illustrates Irish Lights’ leading role in safe navigation at sea from the 1800s to the present day, and the advances that have taken place in relation to Aids to Navigation from an engineering and technology perspective during this period.

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Segmentation of Fleet Capacity

Art Kavanagh: I remember some years back being at a presentation from a County Manager – as they were called at the time which he entitled “Running the County as a Business”. Since then the title of County Manager has been replaced with the title of “Chief Executive” which is probably more appropriate given the size of the Business actually being managed with Huge Budgets, large Numbers of Employees and responsibilities for many aspects of life within the County.

Rogues Gallery in the Marine Times Newspaper

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

    Video Gallery on the Marine Times Newspaper website

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