MAKES THE CUT FOR DONALD TRUMP
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.Patricks
Terry is owner of the crystal craft business Criostal na Rinne
in the Waterford Gaeltacht of An Rinn which was chosen by the
Taoiseachs Office to provide the handmade crystal bowl.
Eamonn design and cut the special crystal piece.
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.
calls for intervention on Chinas ban on Live Brown Crab
imports from Ireland
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.
unacceptable that we are almost a year and a half (16 months)
into Chinas ban on our Live Brown Crab imports, while
other countries that were also affected by the ban have already
resolved this diplomatic issue.
UK ended the ban within 12 months and France had it resolved
after only 8 months. Thats because their Governments took
the ban seriously and engaged in the necessary diplomatic approach.
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.
want to make it clear that this is not a legislative issue,
its a purely diplomatic one and its 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
thats leaving diplomacy to an Authority when its
the job of the various relevant Ministers.
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.
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.
CORK SEAFOOD COMPANY LAUNCH EASY TO COOK PRODUCT RANGE
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
using locally caught fish from DC Fishs 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.
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.
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 Supervalus
Food Academy and working with BIMs Seafood Innovation
Academy who are assisting us with another new product concept
so watch this space!
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.
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
News on Ash Wednesday!
Fisheries Investment Programme to deliver €1.68 Million
to South East Region
Irelands 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.
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
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
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.
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
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
our March issue this month:
as Minister Ignores Industry Concerns
Northern Ireland Vessels Now Allowed Inside Irelands 6
Mile Limit - All Without Industry Consultation
for Agriculture, Food and Marine, Michael Creed has just introduced
new legislation to allow Northern Ireland vessels to fish within
Irelands 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.
Does Consultation Mean?
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.
Fishermen Welcome Council Support For Breakwater Project
Harbour Group Now Have Their Sights
Set On The Future
fisherman, Cara Rawdon, recently retired chairman of The Irish
Fish Producers Organisation Ltd (IFPO), has welcomed Donegal
County Councils recent declaration of financial support
towards financing the completion of the breakwater at Greencastle.
Consequences of Fake News and Alternative
Facts on the Fishing Industry and Coastal Communities
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.
Return of Supertrawlers Off Donegal Coast Raising Concerns
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.
Calls on Creed to Focus Exclusively on Brexit and Withdraw Mackerel
Review Causing Division in Irish Fishing Industry As Unprecedented
Brexit Challenges Loom
Killybegs Fishermens 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.
On Outstanding Issues Surrounding Atypical Work Permits Sought
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.
Endurance playing Hide and Seek - Photo by Alan O'Shea
of these stories plus views, opinions and stunning photos throught
our March 2017 issue - In shops 25th Feb and available online
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