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In his monthly Podcast when the MARINE TIMES Is published, as the May edition is now and which is available for purchase in the shops and on our website, Editor Mark McCarthy compares two maps, explains why he has not written an editorial in the paper this month – because the maps show that those who are opposed to the fishing industry do not want much left for fishermen. Click on the image above to listen ....


Why has the Department of Housing been given control of maritime planning with no role for the Department of the Marine in an island nation? That’s one of the questions raised in the June edition of MARITIME IRELAND, which also reports that fishermen say they are not being given the input they were promised about where offshore wind turbines would be placed. The programme, presented by Tom MacSweeney, hears a proposal to include maritime matters in the schools’ curriculum and from a sailor building a mini boat to race around the world.

News 6th June:
Crops from the sea - strategy sets out plan to increase volume of farmed seaweed in Ireland

Seaweed farming is in its infancy in Ireland, however, a new strategy, BIM Irish Macro-Algal Cultivation Strategy to 2030, published by Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) this week sets out a roadmap for the development of a sustainable and profitable Irish seaweed aquaculture sector.

Michael O'Neill, CEO Pure Ocean Algae

Seaweed is increasingly being viewed as an important sustainable raw material, containing many active substances for use in different industries including, food production, , pharma and agriculture. The commercial cultivation of seaweed has increased significantly in the last two decades. Annual global seaweed output is now in excess of 35 million wet tonnes, 97% of which is cultivated biomass. Most of the farmed seaweed is from Asia (China, Indonesia, Republic of Korea & Philippines). Full story here

News 5th June:
EirGrid to host public information events on offshore energy plans for the south coast

The public will have an opportunity to find out more about EirGrid’s plans to deliver offshore renewable energy infrastructure off the south coast at a series of information events in June.

As part of Ireland’s ambition to achieve our climate target of producing 80% of electricity from clean renewable sources by 2030 as outlined in the Climate Action Plan, EirGrid has been tasked by Government, in their recent policy statement on the Framework for Phase Two Offshore Wind, to deliver a plan-led approach for connecting offshore wind to the electricity grid. Full story here

Faraway Fields - The Hardest Harvest

On Wednesday, 7 June 2023 @ 9.35p.m. | RTÉ One: An Irish fisherman will experience life in some of the most challenging conditions on earth, as he finds out if they have what it takes to live off the sea in a developing country. Can he cope with the gruelling day-to-day reality of subsistence living and the struggle for survival and what might they learn?

Episode one sees Cork fisherman Johnny Walsh catapulted onto a primitive wooden boat off the West Coast of Africa in overexploited Gambian fishing waters. Here he navigates the precarious food supply of the community of Tanji and other coastal Gambian communities whose dwindling fish stocks forces them to take perilous sea journeys to escape to Europe and beyond. Full story here

Tickets on sale for Baltimore RNLI’s Ladies Boutique Lunch to help save lives at sea

Baltimore RNLI will host its first Ladies Boutique Lunch this August. The fundraising event will see proceeds raised go towards the charity that saves lives at sea.

The lunch will take place in Inisbeg Estate in Baltimore and will kick off with a prosecco reception at 12.30pm on Thursday 3 August, and will include a three-course meal. There will also be a raffle on the day.

Speaking ahead of the event, Odharnait Collins, Baltimore RNLI Fundraising Chair said: ‘We are all really looking forward to the event. August is a lovely time in Baltimore and a very busy time for the station, so it’s the perfect time to give back.

‘Last year, Baltimore RNLI launched both its all-weather and inshore lifeboats 24 times with our volunteer crew bringing a number of people to safety. That is a great achievement for the station team who selflessly dedicate so much time to training and responding to call outs. Proceeds raised from the sale of tickets and the raffle for the lunch will ensure the crew are provided with the best of kit and equipment so they can continue to save lives at sea.’

Tickets for the event are priced at €85 and available by contacting Ruth McSweeney on 086 2698324 or Rosaleen Mackeown on 086 8094814.

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