Fisheries lobby groups to request unequivocal support of Taoiseach
Irish fishermen are adamant that the legal text of any Brexit agreement must reflect their demands and that the commitment of the Irish Government to their industry must be spelled out clearly and unequivocally. That’s the message that Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation CEO, Seán O’Donoghue, will bring to An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar at a fisheries meeting, exclusively focusing on Brexit in Dublin tomorrow afternoon (Thursday).
Connecting Galway Bay Communities
A series of public meetings will take place in Ballyvaughan, Maree and Kinvara over the coming week which are intended to reconnect the ‘Land and the Sea communities’ of South East Galway Bay from Rinville Point to Blackhead Point and the villages and towns within its catchment.
with Tom MacSweeney
MISERABLE GOVERNMENT TAX ON CAPE CLEAR COMMUNITY
Why is the Government taxing a community effort on Cape Clear Island in West Cork where the islanders are trying to preserve public access?
‘Exclusion Would Simply Put Hundreds of Small Fishing Vessels Out of Business’
A public consultation paper to review the options for more restricted access for large fishing vessels trawling inside Ireland’s six nautical miles zone is expected to be published shortly by Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed.
“It’s a strange development in that all fishing organisations are opposed to it. More importantly it is now not clear where this is all coming from. We are nearing a public consultation process, one no one is asking for, well at least not openly” Francis O’Donnell, CEO Irish Fish Producers Organisation.
Steady but Significant Progress Being Made on Developing Inshore Strategy
NIFF (National Inshore Fisheries Forum) Chairman Alex Crowley has reported ‘steady but significant progress on the development of a Strategy for the Inshore sector’. Following a request by the NIFF during 2017, BIM procured a consultant to facilitate the development of a strategy for the inshore sector. A Working Group was established which consists of members of the NIFF and officials from the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, BIM, Marine Institute and the SFPA.
MFV ‘Lady Lu’ Joins the Kilmore Quay Fleet
Brendan Moore, Kilmore Quay and sons Conor and Richard have recently purchased the 23.99m x 6.70m x 4.20m MFV Mary Lu. Originally called FV “Glaube”, she was built in 1995 by Visser Den Helder in the Netherlands and has two Sisters ships the FV Bleibtreu SH1 built in 1993 and the Stella Polaris SH3 built in 1995. Their new vessel has been named after Brendan’s wife Lucy.
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 am Monica Buckley and with my husband Niall Deasy I own, and run, DC Fish in West Cork. I knew little about the fisheries industry until I married into it but for over twenty years now it has become my life. With so much of my husband’s catch going overseas I set up a business adding value to the seafood - Fish Seafood Deli and between the businesses we employ over 25 people.'
Reconnecting the land and sea communities, the first broadcast of a ballad about the R116 Coast Guard helicopter tragedy, a plea to observe and report the arrival of swallows, cuckoos and swifts and to protect the last of the corncrakes, angling news from all over Ireland and what is happening on our offshore island communities. These are amongst the topics from coast-to-coast on this edition of the maritime programme for Ireland - THIS ISLAND NATION, presented by Tom MacSweeney, Deputy Editor, Marine Times.
To mark International Women’s Day, organisers of Our Ocean Wealth Summit are delighted to confirm former President of Ireland, Mary Robinson, as key note speaker for this year’s Summit taking place in Galway on Thursday and Friday, June 28th and 29th. Now in its fifth year, the Our Ocean Wealth Summit forms a key part of the Government’s integrated marine plan - Harnessing Our Ocean Wealth.
In a hard-hitting article the Chief Executive of the Irish Fish Producers’ Organisation says the inspection of foreign vessels landing into Irish ports is meaningless and that there should be an onus on the Sea Fisheries Protection Authority to ensure that such vessels can prove what quotas they have. He says that Ireland is discriminating against its own fishermen and is ignoring the need for controls on non-Irish EU vessels fishing in our exclusive zone. This is a challenge to the Minister for the Marine, the Government and the SFPA to explain their actions.
Mary Hickey (RNLI Lap of the Map) pictured with Castletownbere RNLI.
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