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Arrrrrrrrrr Ye Ready for SeaFest?

MacDaraFlavin and Jack O Flatharta from Bearna with Capt Midie at the launch of SeaFest, Ireland's national maritime festival, which will be held in Galway from 30th June to 2nd July.

Visit www.seafest.ie for more info

Water users urged to take precautions to limit an outbreak of Crayfish Plague on River Suir downstream of Clonmel to Carrick-on-Suir

All water users are being urged to take precautions after confirmation of an outbreak of Crayfish Plague on a stretch of the River Suir downstream of Clonmel to Carrick-on-Suir. It comes after large numbers of dead freshwater crayfish were reported on the river earlier this month. DNA analysis has now confirmed that the cause of death was crayfish plague.

Rewards for the capture of tagged Irish Sea cod

The Marine Institute is encouraging the fishing industry and recreational fishing community to report the capture of tagged cod in the Irish Sea and claim a monetary reward.

Ireland’s First Marine Science Gallery at Galway City Museum Officially Opened

“Sea Science - the Wild Atlantic” exhibition is Ireland’s first sea science gallery to have audio and visual displays accessible in both English and as Gaeilge. The interactive exhibition spans a variety of topics including the nature of how tides operate, multi-beam mapping, deep sea exploration and marine life along the seashore. The basic principles of marine science are communicated in a fun and engaging way, using a combination of digital interactive touchscreens, hands-on-exhibits, holograms and high-definition video footage.

Here be Monsters!

Cathal Flannery O Donnell in Dingle with the giant squid caught by his uncle Pete Flannery of Cu na Mara which has been making all the news the past few days. We will have a report on this rare catch in our June issue. Photo courtesy Kevin Flannery.

New Inshore Representative Organisation Incorporated

The National Inshore Fishermen's Association Company Limited by Guarantee (NIFA CLG) has recently been incorporated. According to the NIFA's Articles of Association the purpose of the NIFA CLG is to "Support the Inshore Fisheries Forums in a non-compete manner on issues of mutual interest and importance. To represent, protect and promote the interests of Inshore Fishermen operating Irish registered fishing vessels"

Ballycotton RNLI launch in early hours to provide medical assistance to ill fisherman off the Cork coast


Ballycotton RNLI launched in the early hours of this morning (Wednesday 10 May) to assist in the medical evacuation of a fisherman 20 miles south of Ballycotton Lighthouse.


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Disaster As Bad As Original Entry to EU Being Proposed by the Irish Government

"In an effort to highlight the seriousness of what may be about to happen as a result of the “so called” public consultation on reviewing our fishing boat licence policy, a number of us fishermen have decided that we can no longer remain silent while PO’s, governments and state agencies continue to mismanage Ireland’s fishing industry for the benefit of a small number of players in return for political advantage."


Islanders Shocked At Suggestions They Should Leave For Mainland

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Islanders are shocked and distressed that some County Councils are telling those in need of housing that they will have to move from the islands to the mainlan.

That is according to Comhdháil Oileán na hÉireann, the Islands' Federation which is the representative body for the offshore islands. The situation is revealed by the Secretary of the Federation. Rhoda Twombly, in an interview to be broadcast in this week's edition of THIS ISLAND NATION radio programme.

Following the annual general meeting of the Federation, held on Inishbofin Island off County Mayo, she says that a shortage of private and Council housing on Islands is a growing problem and one that must be addressed if the islands are to be sustainable.

"Who will live in a place where they have no home to call their own?" she asks and says that suggesting to islanders they should leave for the mainland "is the opposite to sustainability and will contribute to island decline.

"It is very strongly felt that monies must be made available to the Councils that include islands to purchase suitable houses when they become available. It was also noted that planning regulations can compound the difficulties in building on Islands and these regulations should be carefully examined to ensure that they are island-proofed," Rhoda Twombly says.

As always, plenty to interest you in the maritime world.

THIS ISLAND NATION is presented by Marine Times Deputy Editor, Tom MacSweeney and you can hear it here now on the MARINE TIMES website by clicking on the link to the programme now.


Rathlin is the only inhabited island off the Northern Ireland Coast and we think we are part of this island nation. Our festival is about to happen celebrating all things Maritime and we would like as many people as possible to visit us and enjoy our maritime culture and heritage," says Mary O'Driscoll of the festival organising committee. "As well as markets and music, we will stage maritime have-a-go events - knots, ropes and nets making, and most importantly rowing the currachs and sailing the drontheims that were made during the festivals of the last 4 years. This is our 5th festival."

So, from the very heart of the spectacular Causeway Coast and Glens the communities of Ballycastle and Rathlin Island would like to extend a very warm welcome to celebrate their "rich and diverse maritime culture during the Rathlin Sound Maritime Festival" which runs from Friday, May 26, to Sunday, June 4. The festival is centred on Rathlin Sound, the body of water that lies between Rathlin Island and Ballycastle. "From the adrenaline rush of the Sailing Regatta and races as well as exciting have-a-go activities, to tempting food and craft markets, seriously scenic guided walks, exciting and informative talks and tours, exhibitions and demonstrations, fun competitions, friendly giants, currach, Tall ship and Viking ships, there’s plenty to choose from including fantastic family friendly events.There’s a fun fillled and packed programme of events at the 5th annual celebration of our rich maritime heritage," says Mary O'Driscoll.

Visit www.rathlinsoundmaritimefestival.com for more info

Volunteers are wanted for SeaFest 2017

Volunteers are wanted for SeaFest 2017 to help make this year’s national maritime festival one to remember. The three day celebration will take place in Galway from 30 June to 2 July 2017. The Marine Institute, coordinating SeaFest on behalf of the Government Marine Coordination Group, is calling for volunteers to apply now.

Johnny Donnelly Managing Director of Arcana, the event management specialists appointed to stage SeaFest 2017, said, “Volunteers play an important role in making SeaFest 2017 a memorable event. Our volunteers are valuable members of our event team, as they assist in making the festival run smoothly and help ensure it is enjoyed by all visitors. “Volunteers have the opportunity to be part of a fantastic marine-themed festival,” Mr Donnelly said. “An action-packed programme of entertainment and attractions on and around the water is planned, which is sure to delight visitors of all ages and also encourage them to explore the wonders of our ocean.”

SeaFest raises awareness of the value and opportunities provided by the sea, and will include tours of ocean-going vessels, aquatic displays, interactive exhibitions, a seafood fair, as well as fun and educational activities for children.

To become a volunteer for SeaFest 2017 visit http://seafest.ie/volunteer and complete the online application form. All volunteers must be aged 18 years or older. Volunteers must be available from 9am to 6pm and have the option to volunteer for one, two or the three days of the festival. Volunteers may also be selected for Garda Vetting.

For more information on SeaFest visit www.seafest.ie and follow SeaFest on Facebook and Twitter.

Arklow RNLI responds to three consecutive call outs bringing eight people to safety

Arklow RNLI responded to three consecutive call outs yesterday evening (Wednesday 3 May) bringing three yachts with eight onboard, safely to shore.

BIM Host High Level Fisheries Economics Conference to Discuss Socio-Economic Impact of Common Fisheries Policy

The 23rd European Association of Fisheries Economists (EAFE) conference, hosted by BIM, Ireland’s Seafood Development Agency, welcomed over 100 economists, academics, fishermen and policy makers to Dublin Castle today for the second day of this important three day business and networking event from the 25th – 27th April.

Foyle Fishermen Sign up to BIM’s Fishing For Litter Initiative

Fishermen from Foyle Fishermen’s Co-op based in Greencastle, Co. Donegal are now active members of the established BIM Fishing For Litter (FFL) programme. Funded under the European Maritime Fisheries Fund, this simple but effective programme provides fishermen with bags to collect marine litter while fishing and bring it ashore for appropriate disposal and recycling on land. All seven fishing vessels in the Co-op have signed up to the environmental initiative, highlighting their commitment to greener fishing policies.

Liadh Ní Riada appointed as Brexit rapporteur for fisheries

Speaking today in the European Parliament, Sinn Féin MEP for Ireland-South, Liadh Ní Riada, has said she is delighted that the European United Left has appointed her as their Brexit rapporteur for fisheries.

Pringle calls on Government to quash illegal convictions under Inland Fisheries Act 2010

“This is nothing short of a scandal similar to what was carried out by Gardaí on the penalty points fiasco.” Deputy Pringle was speaking in the Dáil on the Inland Fisheries Bill 2017 this week when he confronted the Minister in relation to outstanding legal uncertainties contained in the Government’s legislation.

Jim O’Toole Appointed Chief Executive of BIM

BIM, Ireland’s Seafood Development Agency, is delighted to officially announce Mr. Jim O’Toole as Chief Executive Officer. Mr. O’Toole, who was appointed by the Board of BIM, brings to the position a wealth of experience in global food marketing, sustainability development and change leadership.

Archive - May 2017

SeaFest 2017 expected to attract thousands to Galway

BIM launch Fishery Improvement Project (FIP) for Ireland’s Brown Crab Fishery

Wicklow RNLI's D class lifeboat named Dennis-Audrey to fulfil couple's dream

PwC Supports Ireland’s Blue Growth as Headline Sponsor of ‘Our Ocean Wealth Summit’

Seafood HACCP Workshop in Sligo

Archive - April 2017

EU must stop tacitly supporting supertrawlers - Ní Riada

Marine Minister Accused of Ignoring Fishermen

News that Live Brown Crab Imports from Ireland to China Can Resume Welcomed

BIM urges Fishermen to Register their Safety Equipment with ComReg

EU/Canada trade deal will see immediate effects on Irish fish prices

Responsible Fishing Practices

Donegal Coastal Communities being kept in Limbo over Oyster Farms

Irish Researchers are First in the World to Track Detailed Movements of European Sea Bass

Rogues Gallery is back - see page 30 of our May 2017 issue to see if you made the cut ;0)
Photo above - crew of Our Lass in Dunmore East courtesy of William Power