For higher visibility - Women in Seafood video competition
The International Association for Women in the Seafood Industry (WSI), with the support of AFD French Development Agency and Matis Icelandic R&D company launches a « women in seafood » video contest. This competition will reward the best video to highlight the contribution of women in the seafood industry. Winners will be announced in September 2018
with Tom MacSweeney
REMEMBERING JOEY MURRIN
His legacy is strong and that included not being hesitant to challenge the industry itself to look at its own operations.
Businesses on Board for SeaFest 2018 with €7m for Local Economy
The business of SeaFest was discussed at a special meeting in Galway City Hall on Thursday, 03rd May 2018. Ireland’s largest maritime festival generated €6.9m for the local economy in 2017 and organisers are predicting a similar return for businesses and traders this year.
Dáil Vote Sinks Penalty Points System for Fishing Infringements
Third attempt to bring in new system by Marine Minister has failed
Cross party support within the Dáil has suceeded in passing Pat the Cope Gallagher’s motion to rescind Minister Michael Creed’s Statutory Instrument giving effect to a penalty point system for serious fishing infringements. This is the third attempt by the Government to introduce a new system of sanctioning fishermen for serious fishing infringements.
EU Threats on Penalty Points a Smokescreen
The Minister for Agriculture, Food & the Marine, Michael Creed has noted the issuing by the EU Commission of a Letter of Formal Notice as a first step in formal infringement proceedings being taken against Ireland for non-implementation of the required EU Points systems for license holders of sea fishing boats and a separate system for skippers of vessels. However, a fishing industry leader has labelled the potential to be prosecuted as a smokescreen for trying to implement an unfair system, despite best efforts of the industry to bring a working system to the Minister.
New Strategy for Ireland’s €1.15 Billion Seafood Sector Aims to Boost Competitiveness Amidst Market Uncertainties
Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), the agency responsible for leading the development of the Irish seafood sector, have unveiled its new Statement of Strategy Enabling Sustainable Growth for the 2018-2020 period, which is intended to deliver on the development objectives of Food Wise 2025 and the sustainability objectives of the Common Fisheries Policy.
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.'
The Little Skellig Island off Kerry is being covered by plastic waste. But the problem is that it is being brought ashore by Gannets building their nests. This is one result of the 12 million tons of plastic being dumped in the oceans every year. This edition of the maritime programme, THIS ISLAND NATION, reports this story and the attempts by an Irish project to re-use marine plastic waste. The programme also hears about a scheme encouraging young people to take up angling and all the news from the offshore islands. THIS ISLAND NATION is presented by Marine Times Deputy Editor, Tom MacSweeney.
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.
Neil, Nia and Stephen on the bow of the Rony - Photo courtesy Stephen Jones www.i-fish.ie.
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