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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.

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.

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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."


Amongst the many interesting stories on this edition of the maritime programme, THIS ISLAND NATION – why the European Union is refusing to give figures for the total value which the fishing fleets of European nations have taken from Irish waters. It is claimed that this amounts to many billions of Euros, but efforts to get the answer in the European Parliament have been turned down. And the man who is Tom Crean, tells the programme why he wants to be Tom Crean. There is also disturbing news about hoax calls to the lifeboats and the results of a national survey of public attitudes to water safety, as well as a report on why the Arctic Ocean is becoming more like the Atlantic.

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.

Lighthouse Festival to shine a light on maritime matters

A free fun filled festival set to shine a light on all things maritime will get underway at the world’s oldest intact working Lighthouse on the Hook Peninsula County Wexford this May bank holiday weekend.

An action packed weekend of festivities will get underway from Saturday, April 29th from 11am. Join in the fun and games for all the family or enroll at the new Pirate School headed up by none other than Captain Hook.

Also taking place over the weekend will be an opportunity to learn first hand about safety at sea from members of the Irish Coast Guard. Visitors will also have the chance to step back in time with the re-enactors from Claoimh who will demonstrate life and battles from the medieval past. Join in lawn games and fun adventures with Pirate Pat and Captain Hook or for the ‘bigger adventurous kids’ can try out the Bungee Trampoline. A craft market featuring pieces from crafters based all across the southeast region will also be hosted over the weekend.

The festival will also focus on the heritage and past of Hook Lighthouse, shining a light on life as it was at this, the world’s oldest operational lighthouse. Commenting on the upcoming festival weekend, Manager at Hook Lighthouse Ann Waters said, “We are delighted to host another Shine A Light Festival, it is always a fantastic weekend of fun for all the family with the added benefit of placing an important focus on safety at sea and reminding us of the great work our emergency service teams carry out alongside the beacon of safety that is Hook Lighthouse. The are also opportunities to explore the watchroom and tower and learn about technology and navigation at our lighthouse in times gone by and today.”

The guided tour at the ancient lighthouse also shines a light on its history and heritage with first hand stories of life as a lightkeeper shared via recordings of these tales from former lighthouse keepers and their wives.

The Shine A Light festival takes place in conjunction with the Great Lighthouses of Ireland, ‘Shine a Light’ events over the May bank holiday weekend whereby 12 lighthouses around Ireland including Hook Lighthouse will shine a light and celebrate and share the rich tradition and work that they of carry out daily.

Also taking place on the Hook Peninsula over the weeeknd is the annual ‘Hike to the Hook’ event organised by Hook Tourism, walkers will take on a 20km walk along one of Ireland’s most scenic routes from Tintern Abbey to Hook Lighthouse.

Tours are on offer at Hook Lighthouse 7 days a week, visitors to the 800 year old Lighthouse can take a step back in time on a guided tour and meet St. Dubhan and his fifth Century Monks who first established the beacon at the Hook Peninsula. Meet the greatest Knight that ever lived William Marshall and hear the stories from the Lightkeepers and their families who for well over 100 years were stationed on site protecting all of those at sea. For all of the festival details in Wexford see www.hookheritage.ie and for details on the Great Lighthouses of Ireland see www.greatlighthouses.com

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

“The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement or CETA as it is known will come into effect formally from May 1st when the Canadian parliament passes the treaty. This will have an immediate effect on prices of some fish stocks that Canada can export to the EU. This could have an immediate effect on the price of lobsters in Donegal amongst other fish stocks' said Independent TD Thomas Pringle.

Donegal Coastal Communities being kept in Limbo over Oyster Farms

Sinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Deputy Pearse Doherty has hit out at Minister for the Marine Michael Creed over the lack of progress being made in respect of a number of aquaculture licence applications and licencing appeals relating to oyster farms in West Donegal which have yet to be determined. Deputy Doherty’s comments come following confirmation from the Minister this week that a licence application at Cruit Strand, which received a Ministerial waiver not requiring the applicant to provide an environmental impact statement for the plans, is still awaiting decision – some six months after public consultation ended last October.

SeaFest 2017 expected to attract thousands to Galway

Thousands of visitors will flock to Galway for what is expected to be the "biggest and most spectacular" sea festival ever staged in Ireland. The national maritime festival, SeaFest 2017, will be held in Galway from 30 June to 2 July 2017.

Last year, SeaFest attracted more than 60,000 visitors to the city adding to Galway's reputation as the 'festival capital of Ireland.' The festival will this year expand to include new activities around Galway Harbour, as well as in Salthill and the nearby Latin Quarter.

Great Lighthouses of Ireland Shine a Light on Summer!

May Bank Holiday Festival 2017
Saturday 29th April – Monday 1st May 2017

Meet our Lighthouse StoryKeepers, enjoy all things maritime from crafts, technology, food and hear tall tales of hero feats around our coast

From Hook to Loop, out to the islands of Rathlin, Valentia and Ballycotton to ceol agus craic at Fanad a weekend of discovery, stories and thrills await!

Responsible Fishing Practices

Dominic Rihan, BIM, Donal O'Sullivan and Jason Sheehan from Castletownbere Fisherman's Co-op and Frank Fleming, Responsible Irish Fish discussing the new app developed by Responsible Irish Fish that will allow fishermen to manage and capture their documentation and records on board in real time. The documentation of responsible fishing practices will link in with the BIM Responsibly Sourced Seafood Standard.

EU must stop tacitly supporting supertrawlers - Ní Riada

Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada has called on the European Parliament to stop backing multinational supertrawler operators at the expense of ordinary fishing communities.

The Ireland South MEP made the call after the European Council rejected amendments she put forward on the characterisation and definition of fishing vessels.

Marine Minister Accused of Ignoring Fishermen

The Irish Fish Producers’ Organisation has sought a meeting with the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine because the Minister for the Marine has refused to meet them about the new Fisheries Bill he is introducing, which the industry fears could cause a disaster for fishing.

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

Deputy Thomas Pringle has welcomed the news on live crab exports to China saying that ‘it is very good news for our seafood producers to hear that an agreement has been reached with the Chinese government that will allow the export of Irish Brown Crab to resume to China'.

BIM urges Fishermen to Register their Safety Equipment with ComReg

New Guide to Registration launched

Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), Ireland’s Seafood Development Agency, has joined forces with ‘All Aboard 2017’ to launch the new ‘Guide for Fishermen to Register Digital Safety Equipment with ComReg’. This step-by-step guide aims to help fishermen successfully register the personal locator beacon (PLB) from their lifejackets with ComReg.

Jim Clohessy holding up a large sea bass

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

A collaboration between Irish researchers from NUI Galway, UCC and Cork Harbour Angling Hub, have become the first in the world to track the detailed movements of individual sea bass in Europe. The authors have found that sea bass in Cork Harbour were highly resident, remaining within one to three kilometres of where they were originally caught and tagged, a behaviour not known before this study. They also found that these localised fish returned to the same areas after their winter migration.

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