MARINE TIMES - WEEKENDER: Saturday 10th October
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A Fishing Tradition Is Ended By New Employment Legislation
One of the oldest traditions in the fishing industry, hiring crew by ‘word-of-mouth,’ has been ended by new legislation which, with so much happening in the fishing industry at present, from the Penalty Points controversy to Brexit and the High Court rejection of the ban on larger trawlers fishing inshore waters, may not have been getting sufficient attention.
Owners and Skippers must deal with changes that came into effect on the first of September in regard to Crew Lists, Medical Care and Repatriation insurance and crew contracts.
On the MARINE TIMES Podcast this week Solicitor Dermot Conway, who has a lot of experience in dealing with fisheries issues, discusses these changes with Deputy Editor, Tom MacSweeney. They will impose more work on preparing for a fishing trip.
Department Warns of Brexit Damage to the Fishing Industry and Possible Trouble At Sea
If the British Government forces the EU to concede to its declared fisheries policy for a Brexit Agreement, there will be huge negative consequences for the Irish fishing industry, with 16,000 jobs in danger, severe damage to coastal communities, the possible loss of nearly €600m. in exports and the potential of conflict at sea according to the Department of the Marine in its annual review of the fishing industry published this week.
16,150 Employed in the Irish Seafood Sector
16,150 people are directly and indirectly employed in the Irish seafood sector, many of them based in Ireland’s remote coastal communities where alternative employment options are limited, according to the Department of the Marine’s annual review of the fishing industry.
Another Marine Department Proposal Defeated In Court
The Department of the Marine’s decision to exclude vessels over 18 metres from fishing inside the six-mile limit has been rejected in a High Court action.
It was announced in December 2018 by then Marine Minister Michael Creed and brought into effect in January of this year. Inshore, smaller boat fishermen, had described it as a boost for their sector, larger boat fishermen criticised it and said it would force them farther from shore and make fishing more dangerous.
Fishermen Tom Kennedy from Dingle and Neily Minihane from Castletownbere, both with 30 years’ experience, challenged the legislation, Policy Directive 1 of 2009, which had been the subject of a public consultation for which more than 900 submissions were received.
The old Irish phrase 'Ó Ghlúin go Glúin' (from knee to knee) encapsulates how stories told to children on the knee of their elders are in turn passed along to the next generation by the same process.
But in the fishing community of Waterford, these tales or yarns were told to the author while drifting for salmon, in the company of fishermen. His father and other sailors had a bit of a reputation when it came to exaggeration, but over the years he has found more than a grain of truth in many of the stories.
Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), Ireland’s seafood development agency, has been named this year’s MSC Ocean Hero at the Marine Stewardship Council’s UK annual awards, for its ‘outstanding achievement’ among MSC fishery certificate holders. The MSC UK Ocean Hero award recognises and rewards fisheries and organisations that have demonstrated exemplary leadership in the field of seafood sustainability and made a unique contribution to furthering the sustainability of fisheries.
BIM, the holder of three MSC mussel certificates in both Northern Ireland and Ireland, received the award on behalf of the industry, after paving the way for all mussels on the island of Ireland to become certified. The Northern Irish and Irish rope grown mussel fisheries were certified in 2019, which now means that 100% of mussels in Northern Ireland and Ireland are MSC certified. The state agency also holds the certificate for the Irish bottom grown mussel fishery, which achieved certification in 2013.
The review study of the Sea Fisheries Protection Agency made 46 recommendations to “improve the effectiveness of the organisation,” according to the Minister for the Marine. The review was completed last April, but its content was not disclosed and full details have not yet been given.
Sinn Fein’s Spokesman on the Marine, Padraig MacLochlainn, as he had indicated he would do in the MARINE TIMES INTERVIEW in the October edition, asked Minister Charlie McConalogue in a Dáil Question this week “the status of the organisational review of the Sea Fisheries Protection Authority that was carried out and his plans to implement the recommendations.”
On Sunday September 6th, 12 cyclists from the club undertook an innovative cycling challenge consisting of 12 laps of the ‘Sky Road’ loop, so called due to its steep hill climbs along the well known scenic route. Beginning and ending at the Clifden Bike Shop on Market St, the cyclists completed twelve laps of the 17 kilometre route which presented a testing 230 metres of elevation per lap.
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"Most blatant example of cynicism by politicians in a long time"
In the MARINE TIMES PODCAST this weekend the Chief Executive of the Irish Fish Producers’ Organisation, John Ward, describes the anger in the fishing industry over Penalty Points and the attitude displayed by the Taoiseach and Minister for the Marine towards fishermen.
He tells Deputy Editor, Tom MacSweeney, that this is the “most blatant example of cynicism by politicians in a long time,” but that despite the intense anger over the way they have been treated, there is still a willingness in the industry to discuss the issues involved rationally with the Minister and arrive at an acceptable resolution.
Fishing industry is simply apoplectic and won’t give up the fight
The Taoiseach and Minister for the Marine have been described as “dismissive, contemptuous and glib” in their treatment of the fishing industry by moving “dastardly legislation,” against fishermen say the country’s four fish producer organisations.
The Irish South and West FPO; the Irish South and East FPO, the Irish Fish Producer Organisation and the Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation, in a joint statement reacted to the Government’s defeat of a Sinn Fein motion in the Dáil on Wednesday which sought to annul the Taoiseach’s signing of a Statutory Instrument to reintroduce Penalty Points for fisheries offences.
Questions, Confusion, Irony – All About Penalty Points Again
It has taken only a few weeks to break the relationship between the third Marine Minister appointed by the current Government and the industry. The reintroduction of Penalty Points for alleged illegal fishing is the source of the breakdown.
There is no disagreement that a Penalty Points system is necessary. The EU insists upon it and Ireland could face fines and the denial of funding if such a system is not introduced. But there agreement ends.
A Johnson’s Scabbard Fish was caught by MFV Cisemair while pair-pelagic trawling with the MFV Buddy M in surface waters (0-50 m) for Albacore SW of Mizen Head. The juvenile specimen, measuring c.40 cm was discarded after being photographed by Padraig Ring.
The MFV Argonaut IV (Skipper: Jonathan Kirwan, Clogherhead, Co Louth) captured a Black Sea Bream measuring 20 cm and weighing 400 g, while seine netting near the Kinsale Gas Field, off Co Cork. Jonathan remarked that over the last 4-5 years they had caught a few Black Sea Bream every summer in the same area, including a specimen weighing 1.1 kg last year, and that they seemed to be coming north every year.
British Antarctic Survey scientists have reported that one of the largest, most unstable glaciers in Antarctica is sliding into the ocean due to hidden rivers of warm water that lubricate its underbelly. Hidden beneath the ice shelf, they are deeper than expected, some are more than 800m (2,600ft) deep.
Also; China, which had been the largest growth market for Norwegian seafood exports, have dropped sharply in recent months; Because warmer waters, predicted under climate change, will contain less oxygen, there could be major changes in where a wide variety of marine species, from vertebrates to crustaceans to molluscs will inhabit in the future.
James Kehoe and his grandchildren Aisling, 13, Emily, 9, and Orla, 7, were rescued when their 7m boat broke down having sustained engine failure in Ballyteigue Bay, half a mile north west of Forlorn Point in county Wexford. The lifeboat under Coxswain Aidan Bates, went to the family’s aid and towed the vessel safely back to Kilmore Quay. Such was seven-year-old Orla’s delight at being rescued by the lifeboat, she has since created a scrapbook about her adventure.
The Marine Institute will join forces with international ocean experts from Europe, Brazil, South Africa, Canada and the USA to map and assess the current and future risks from climate change, natural hazards and human activities to Atlantic ecosystems.
Funded by a €11.5 million grant from the European Union's Horizon 2020 programme, Mission Atlantic will be the first initiative to develop and systematically apply Integrated Ecosystem Assessments (IEAs) at Atlantic basin scale. This unique IEA approach engages scientists, marine stakeholders, and resource managers, integrating all components of the ecosystem, including human activity, into the decision-making process.