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Regular news and views from Ireland’s leading maritime newspaper. The printed June edition is in all good shops and online, covering all the major developments as reported by Ireland’s leading maritime newspaper.

News 3rd August:
Advanced Technology Delivers for the SeaMonitor Project

Ocean tracking of Atlantic salmon extends to 600km

The ability to track free swimming salmon juveniles has been extended hundreds of kilometres into the open ocean using advanced robotic technology. As part of the EU INTERREG VA-funded SeaMonitor project, Dr Ross O’Neill, Marine Institute and Kieran Adlum, P&O Maritime, tested a remotely operated “ocean glider”, equipped with an acoustic tag detector along the steeply sloping area of the shelf edge approximately 130km north-west of the Scottish Hebrides. The ocean glider was deployed from the RV Celtic Explorer on 16th April during the 2021 Irish Anglerfish and Megrim Survey. During its two-month mission, the glider successfully detected four individual juvenile salmon smolts measuring only 15 to 19cm, nearly 600 km from their home rivers in Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland. Full story here

Will native fish species be forced out of irish waters? This is one of the topics on this edition of the programme which also reports that the offshore island populations want the government to introduce a Bill to protect the future of their islands and that sand dunes all around the coast must be protected because they are a barrier against coastal erosion.

The programme is presented by Marine Times Deputy Editor, Tom MacSweeney:

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News 2nd August:
Three Irish lifeboat crews to receive RNLI gallantry awards for saving nine people in dramatic rescue off Wexford coast - Lifeboat Coxswains to receive Bronze Medals

The RNLI is to present three lifeboat crews in Ireland with gallantry awards for their role in a rescue last October that saved nine lives and prevented a 100-metre cargo vessel, carrying 4,000 tonnes of coal, from hitting rocks at Hook Head.

The Coxswains of Dunmore East RNLI, Kilmore Quay RNLI and Rosslare Harbour RNLI are to receive RNLI Bronze Medals for Gallantry – one of the highest awards presented by the lifesaving charity - while the volunteer lifeboat crews who responded to the callout will each receive Medal Certificates. Recognition will also be given to the crew of Irish Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 117, the staff of the National Maritime Operations Centre in Dublin and the Master and Crew of the tug Tramontine. Full story here

Podcast 30th July:

Another development in the Rockall problem this week. Sinn Fein has called on the Ministers for Foreign Affairs and the Marine to begin international arbitration against the British Government.

“It appears that in the absence of the British Government pulling away from their position of exercising a 12-mile limit around Rockall and keeping Irish fishing boats outside that 12-mile limit that, in the absence of the British Government backing down on that position, which is outrageous, that the Irish Government will have to go to arbitration,” Padraig MacLochlainn, SF Fisheries and Marine Spokesman, told the Marine Times.

On this week’s MARINE TIMES PODCAST he outlines to Deputy Editor, Tom MacSweeney, why he is appealing to the government to seek international arbitration against the UK claim of owning Rockall and a 12-mile territorial limit around it which excludes Irish fishing boats.

The August edition of the MARINE TIMES, which will be in the shops next week, will have a comprehensive report on the background to what is happening about Rockall. Listen Here

Podcast 25th July:

More fishermen are using personal safety devises at sea. Lifejackets of various types, while weather clothing gear with personal indicator locators and better boat safety equipment and precautions have all become a standard part of the sea-going process. This is welcome and timely, helping to rid the industry of an old, discredited adage, when it was said that fishermen believed that if they were meant to die at sea it would happen and, because of that sufficient precautions were not taken.

The latest drowning statistics show that the number of people dying in Ireland by drowning has fallen. Last year iIt was the lowest number, at 76, since 1936 when there were 73 deaths. That is a big reduction on the number of deaths by drowning in 2019 which totalled 120.

The figures have been released to the MARINE TIMES by Water Safety Ireland to mark the first-ever World Drowning Prevention Day, today Sunday, July 25th. They show that more men die by drowning than women and that a considerable number of suicides were carried out by drowning.

Our PODCAST guest this week is the Chief Executive of Water Safety Ireland, John Leech who, as a Naval Officer, led the development of the Service’s Diving Unit which has become a major part of Naval search-and-recovery operations.

He gave his reaction to the figures to MARINE TIMES Deputy Editor, Tom MacSweeney and spoke about World Drowning Prevention Day, declared by the United Nations General Assembly. Worldwide an estimated 235.000 people drown every year. Listen Here

Podcast 23rd July:

The Dáil debate about the future of Irish traditional fishing rights around Rockall did not resolve the problems faced by Irish fishermen.

Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney, has said that there are on-going discussions between his Department and Scottish authorities and that these include the Minister for the Marine, Charlie McConalogue and his Department.

Minister Coveney said: “People keep misleading others on this issue. There was never a claim by Ireland that went as far as and beyond the rock of Rockall. That is the truth of the situation, despite what people keep saying to those in the fishing industry which, unfortunately, misleads them and results in an awful lot of tension and anger around this issue. The UK’s clam has not been accepted. The Government continues to work on the Rockall issue to try to ensure that traditional fishing rights around that rock continue - whether it is a squid fishery, haddock or whatever.”

Sinn Fein Spokesman on the Marine and Fisheries, Padraig MacLochlainn, said that “for the past seven months fishermen from Donegal have tried to exercise their traditional rights. They have been denied and blocked.” He accused the Ministers for Foreign Affairs and Marine of failing to resolve the issue

The Marine Times is investigating the situation further for the August edition of the paper. Deputy Editor, Tom MacSweeney, analyses the current situation Listen Here

There are 1,000 kilometres of inland waterways between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. The CEO of Waterways Ireland which manages them, John McDonagh, discusses plans for the future of this vast resource on this edition of the MARITIME IRELAND RADIO SHOW.

The programme is presented by Marine Times Deputy Editor, Tom MacSweeney:

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Podcast 10th July:
Fr Duffy vs the Fisheries Committe - Plus, Is the EU Common Fisheries Policy a form of colonial exploitation of Ireland?

Donegal County Councillors that are members of the Fisheries Committee have taken issue with Fr. John Joe Duffy of Creeslough over his outspoken criticism of Fisheries Minister Charlie McConalogue. Fr. Duffy has been defended by the CEO of the Irish South and West Fish Producers’ Organisation (See clipping from Donegal News – Click on image to enlarge).

More on our website for background on the concern of the fishing industry and the coastal communities and the MARINE TIMES view – tune into our current Podcast - Is the EU Common Fisheries Policy a form of colonial exploitation of Ireland? Listen Here

On this edition of the MARITIME IRELAND RADIO SHOW, the programme takes listeners deep sea into the darkest areas of the North Atlantic, where an Irish diver describes descending to the wreck site of the TITANIC in a new type of submersible. “This can be dangerous, but exciting work,” says Rory Golden, one of Ireland’s leading divers, who is on his third mission to the wreck site and remembers the Irish people, “those most important to us,” as he descends to the depths and describes what he sees.

Also on the programme, what was seen through the port hole of the yacht once owned by former Taoiseach Charles Haughey … and, while more leisure craft on the water are a welcome increase in maritime interest, the dangers of speeding in harbours are discussed.

The programme is presented by Marine Times Deputy Editor, Tom MacSweeney:

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Podcast 3rd July:

In this month’s edition of the MARINE TIMES, our editorial is headed:‘EU Colonial Exploitation of Irish Fishing Waters Is No Longer Acceptable.’ It was decided to raise this issue after hearing the views of various fishing industry organisation representatives, boat owners, fishermen and their families during the recent public demonstrations.

Why does Ireland face another round of ‘decommissioning’ which effectively means removing fishermen from their jobs, their culture, their tradition, when they have made it clear that they want to go on fishing and at a time when other, stronger and bigger EU nations can continue to extract much bigger catches from Irish waters than Irish fishermen are allowed?

This week Marine Minister Charlie McConalogue told the EU Fisheries Council that he would be “making the renegotiation of quota shares Ireland’s priority in the upcoming review of the Common Fisheries Policy.” We see this as a positive political statement emanating since the fishing industry demonstrations.

In this week’s Podcast, Deputy Editor, Tom MacSweeney, discusses our editorial in this month’s edition, now on sale in the shops and with a digital version available here on the MARINE TIMES website. Listen Here

Podcast 26th June:
Quality Needs Discussion

“Quality is never an accident. Achieving it is the result of intelligent effort.” That old adage underlines an issue which is gradually being brought to public attention at the forefront of the controversy over the new weighing requirements for Irish fish on the quaysides at fishing ports. We identify these quayside issues with our Podcast guest this week, the well-known Cork fish merchant Pat O’Connell, who expresses concern about the impact of the changes on his business.

Pat, who heads up K.O’Connell Fish Merchants at the famous English Market in Cork which is named after his mother who started the business, became an international figure when he met Queen Elizabeth on her visit to the Market.

The issues he outlines are serious and deserve more discussion. By its action in withdrawing the derogation the EU is causing a potential degradation of the quality of Irish seafood, by necessitating its de-icing for unloading at the quayside, weighing and then repacking.. Additionally, there is a potential health and safety issue created on the quayside as Pat outlines. In support of fishermen on their demonstrations in Cork and Dublin he said: “For those in government please listen - These men and women have genuine concerns about the future of their industry.”

The EU and Sea Fisheries Protection Authority would do well to take note of what he says about the situation now created on fishing port quaysides. Listen Here

Lough Corrib, its history entwined with the maritime history of the West of Ireland; preserving the iconic Galway Hookers in Galway City; the first experience of a search-and-rescue pilot and, trying to get a Parish Priest to sell a picture of Ireland’s tall ship. These are all storylines on the new edition of the maritime programme presented by Tom MacSweeney, the MARITIME IRELAND RADIO SHOW. As always, I hope, this is an interesting edition of the programme which you will enjoy.

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Podcast 11th June:
Why Do Fishermen Keep Fishing?

On this week’s Podcast Marine Times Deputy Editor, Tom MacSweeney, talks to a man who has been 35 years in the industry, but is worried about the future. How would the Taoiseach and the Marine Minister answer what the fisherman says? Listen Here

Podcast 4th June:
Islanders Request Taoiseach to Intervene Personally in Fisheries Situation – Did the Taoiseach Read the Letter?

Comhdháil Oileán na hEireann, the Islands’ Federation, has called on the Taoiseach to intervene personally in the difficult situation facing the fishing industry. “We consider it appropriate for you to personally intervene in this serious situation. We implore you to act to prevent the loss of hundreds of jobs, a way of life and a key element to coastal communities, Irish heritage and tradition,” wrote Aisling Moran, Chair of the Comhdháil.

The Taoiseach’s Department referred the letter to the Department of Food, Agriculture and the Marine.

“Taoiseach Martin, a chara,

“As the representative organisation for Ireland’s offshore islands, you can understand our concern regarding the historic and on-going treatment of our fisherpersons. This is a matter of huge importance regarding island community livelihoods and sustainability not to mention heritage and traditions.

“Island communities are intimately acquainted with the consequences of changes to fishing rights and regulations inflicted through the years. Islanders are by nature people of the sea: to sacrifice their ability to make a living though life-learned skills they are passionate about is beyond unreasonable. This continued decimation of the Irish fleet has been magnified with the onset of Brexit and the Irish fishing industry is fighting for its life.

“As Taoiseach we consider it appropriate for you to personally intervene in this serious situation: we implore you to act to prevent the loss of hundreds of jobs, a way of life and a key element to coastal communities, Irish heritage and tradition. We ask all involved with the control and regulation of the fishing industry to have a hard look at the consequences of their actions against a proud and respected Irish livelihood. There is a better way.

Aisling Moran, Chair
Comhdháil Oileáin na hÉireann”

In this week’s MARINE TIMES Podcast Deputy Editor, Tom MacSweeney, analyses the response given to the Federation and asks whether the Taoiseach read the letter and why he did not reply personally to a request made to him personally. Listen to the Podcast Here

Podcast 29th May:
Without Fishing Kilmore Quay Will Die!

This week’s fisheries demonstration in Cork was the biggest public expression of fishermen’s anger and discontent with lack of support from government. It was described as “a gentle but powerful shot across the bows of the Minister for the Marine.”

The June edition of the MARINE TIMES, in the shops next week, will haver exrensive coverage of the event in words and pictures.

Fishing and coastal communities have expressed the feelings strongly. The demonstration was widely supported along the South/West, the South and South/East.

Seamus and Denis O’Flaherty led a contingent of beamers from Kilmore Quay and on this week’s MARINE TIMES PODCAST, tell Deputy Editor, Tom MacSweeney, why there is so much frustration amongst fishermen. Listen Here

Podcast 22nd May:
Coastal Communities Are On The Edge Of Survival

With the fishermen of the South West due to demonstrate at Cork Port on Wednesday to show the public how badly they say they are being treated by the government and the EU, the Chief Executive of the Irish South and West Fish Producers Organisation says it is a "crazy scenario that the public might not believe, but it is true, that we are down to being allowed to catch 15 per cent of the fish in Irish waters."

Patrick Murphy tells the Marine Times that fishermen don't want to have to demonstrate to highlight their case, but that they have no choice. "We are asking the public to please, please support us," he says.

This will not be a protest and will not inconvenience the public, he tells Deputy Editor Tom MacSweeney. “This is a ‘show-and-tell’ demonstration of what is being done to the industry, which is being discussed and arranged in agreement with Cork Port. Listen Here



    “Driven Round The Bend” by government failures and – does anyone really believe the EU Commission about the Brexit deal?

    The Managing Director of the Castletownbere Fishermen’s Co-op, John Nolan, says he is being “driven round the bend” by Government failure to appreciate and defend the fishing industry and the Chairman of the new Fisheries and Seafood Alliance, Cormac Burke, asks – Does anyone really believe that the Brexit fisheries deal was not done well in advance of when it was announced, leaving Ireland the worst hit nation.

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    Two Stories of Rescues from the Sea

    On this edition two stories of rescue from the sea – one from storm-tossed icy wastes all alone – another a forgotten child, brought to safety from a sinking passenger ship. Two stories of determination for survival.

    For 80 years Patrick Murphy has tried to find his rescuer, but has not been successful. He tells how the Maritime Museum of Ireland helped him honour the unknown rescuer. It is a powerful story that will create its own memories for the listener.

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    Discussing Future Marine Developments

    From fishing to buying a boatyard, a research vessel and a plane, a man from the village of Ballycotton in East Cork tells this edition of MARITIME IRELAND why he is investing €10m. in his belief in the importance of putting coastal communities and offshore wind energy developers in touch to discuss future marine developments. The programme also offers to take listeners on a 20-minute tour around five oceans inspired by Dublin solo world sailor, Gregor McGuckin and locates where the Donegal Finman has got to in his attempt to swim around Ireland.

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A spot of net mending at Ardglass by visiting vessels - Photo by Chris Feenan
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