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Atlantis Seafoods Win ‘Seafood Innovation Award’ at Annual Blas na hEireann Awards

Atlantis Seafoods, a family run business based near the bustling fishing port of Kilmore Quay, Co. Wexford, were the proud recipients of the coveted ‘Seafood Innovation Award’ sponsored by Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) at this year’s Blas na hEireann Awards in Dingle, Co. Kerry.

Atlantis Seafoods received the award for their Kilmore Quay haddock goujons developed to meet a growing consumer demand for fresh local and convenient seafood which is easy to cook and gluten free.

John Kenny, Managing Director of Atlantis Seafoods outlines what this win means for their company; ‘We are absolutely thrilled to win the Seafood Innovation Award. We have worked closely with BIM in their Seafood Development Centre in Clonakilty in recent years and the expertise and assistance from their team has been instrumental in the success of our new Kilmore Quay range. We identified a gap in the retail market for fresh, not frozen, convenient, gluten free and locally sourced seafood and we used innovative techniques to develop a gluten free breaded crumb that would not only retain its shelflife but most importantly - its taste. Thank you to Blas na hEireann for this recognition; it is a great lift for the business and our entire team’

Atlantis Seafoods has a range of innovative products including its Kilmore Quay seafood sausages, awarded an Irish Quality Food Award last year and a newly launched range of healthy fish products for children. The range is stocked in all major retailers.

Pictured at the Blas Awards: Atlantic Seafood winning the BIM ‘Seafood Innovation Award’ at this year’s Blas na hEireann awards in Dingle for their Kilmore Quay haddock goujon range. Pictured are Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Mr. Michael Creed T.D.; John Kenny, MD, Atlantis Seafood; Paul Ward, Manager of BIM’s Seafood Development Centre and Artie Clifford, Chairman, Blas na hEireann

Chef Clodagh McKenna serves up a fish supper treat for RNLI lifeboat crew members

Irish chef, Clodagh McKenna cooks for crew at Howth Lifeboat Station, and urges others to cook a Fish Supper to raise money to save lives at sea. She recently visited Howth Lifeboat Station in County Dublin, where she treated the volunteer crew to a delicious Fish Supper.

Clodagh’s visit marks the countdown to the RNLI’s upcoming foodie fundraiser, Fish Supper.

The charity is encouraging people across Ireland to host a fish-themed dinner between 14–16 October 2016 to raise funds to help save lives at sea.

Clodagh served a three course meal for the lifeboat crew, starting with fresh Dingle crab cakes with Irish heirloom tomatoes and fennel aioli. The main dish was pan-fried sea bass with hazelnut butter with dill potato dumplings and autumn vegetable salad. For dessert, the crew were treated to Clodagh’s chocolate Guinness cake.

Speaking at Howth Lifeboat Station, Clodagh said: ‘It was an absolute pleasure to cook for the Howth volunteer lifeboat crew. My grandpop and uncle were both fishermen, so the work of the RNLI is very close to my heart. When I was filming my series Fresh From the Sea for RTE, I was lucky enough to get to see the work of the RNLI first hand. Please sign up to make a Fish Supper and help the courageous crews save more lives at sea.’

Last year, RNLI volunteer crew members across Ireland and the UK missed nearly 7,000* evening meals with their loved ones to brave cold, angry and often dangerous waters to save lives.

Fish Supper aims to highlight the disrupted dinners RNLI crew experience day-in-day-out, and the commitment shown not only by them but their families, who often have an empty place at the dinner table. RNLI volunteers give up their time, comfort and often home cooked meals to respond immediately when the pagers go off.

Howth RNLI Mechanic, Ian Sheridan said: ‘Our lifeboat crew here in Howth and indeed across Ireland, are prepared to drop everything and respond to a call out at a moment’s notice. Our lifesaving work is essential and often challenging and dangerous. As volunteers, we are extremely grateful to people who donate so generously and host fundraising events such as Fish Supper to enable us to do what we do.’

To request your free fundraising pack and receive more information, visit RNLI.org/FishSupper. You’ll find recipes, party game ideas and place name cards to help the evening go well.

Last year, RNLI lifeboat crews in Ireland had 1,098 lifeboat launches bringing 1,244 people to safety. At 45 lifeboat stations around the Irish coast and on inland waters, the charity’s volunteer lifeboat crew were on call in all weathers. Of the recorded launches, 416 were carried out in the hours of darkness.

Pat the Cope seeks commitment on Seafarers Allowance for Budget 2017

Deputy Pat the Cope Gallagher seeks a firm commitment from Minister for Finance Michael Noonan T.D. that the Seafarers allowance will be extended and rolled out as part of Budget 2017, his comments come following a reply from the Minister of Finance to a Dail question raised by Deputy Gallagher.

Pat the Cope called on the Minister to implement the measure as proposed by the Marine Tax review regarding the seafarers' allowance, and expressed disappointment that the allowance was not brought back as part of the current 2016 Budget process and Finance Bill. The matter was brought before the Dail in early April by way of questions to the Minister, on that occasion the reply obtained by Pat the Cope indicated the Department were seeking to have any outstanding difficulties resolved so that it would form part of the Budget 2017 announcements. It is now imperative the Department and Minister stand by their commitment and introduce the Seafarers allowance, so fishermen and their families can benefit directly from the allowance. It is not acceptable that there are ongoing delays in introducing this measure stated Pat the Cope.

Pat the Cope committed to holding the Minister and Department officials to account for the commitment given earlier regarding the Seafarers Allowance, he furthermore expressed disappointment at the delay in re introducing the allowance and called on Minister Noonan to take immediate action and insure it forms part of Budget 2017 announcements concluded Pat the Cope.

Howth RNLI name new lifeboat Aideen Cresswell in memory of local woman with an affinity for the sea

Lifeboat crew, station management, fundraisers and supporters of Howth RNLI were joined by members of the public on Sunday 2 October, to officially name the North Dublin lifeboat station’s newest lifeboat Aideen Cresswell, in memory of the incredible woman who funded it. The ceremony took place in the sunshine in Howth Harbour where the public saw up-close Howth RNLI’s newest lifeboat as it was officially named by Mrs Cresswell’s nephew Seymour, in the maritime tradition by pouring champagne over its bow.

Mrs Aideen Cresswell (nee Stokes) whose generous bequest funded the €71,000 lifeboat was born in London in 1921 and later came to live in The Baily, Howth. At a young age she met her husband John Cresswell at an RNLI ball and they spent their honeymoon on board a yacht sailing from Dublin to Dunmore East. Mrs Cresswell’s nephew Seymour remembered his aunt during his speech, whom he described as ‘a rebel; feisty and a free spirit’. He spoke of her lifelong support of the RNLI and her affinity for the sea. She passed away in 2011after a short illness in her ninety-first year and was married to John for sixty-seven years.

Inside our October issue this month:

Industry Outraged Over Unfounded Recommendation to Close 30% Marine Areas Globally to Fishing

Europêche, the representative body of the EU fishing sector and EAPO, the European body representing the producer organisations, have expressed their outrage at the decision taken by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) to set an ambitious target with the aim of closing off 30% of all marine areas from extractive activities by 2030. “This is a typical broad brush approach which will lead to unworkable situations in coastal areas and estuaries. Imagine the 30% criterion for instance being applied to the Irish Sea, an area also destined to produce large amounts of renewable energy. A 30% closure will erase all fishing activities in these areas and negatively affect fishermen, their families and their communities.” Read full report on page 19

“We are about to fall off the cliff face……..”

Chief Executive of the Irish Fish Producers’ Organisation likens those who are imposing regulations on the fishing industry to company managements that do not know what they are doing and who, by result of their actions are likely to ruin the business. In the fishing industry they are destroying its future with the landing obligation and other regulations. “The people who actually implement conservation are the catchers themselves. However, they are the least consulted stakeholder in the entire process.”

Two New RNLI Inshore Atlantic 85 Class Lifeboats Officially Named In County Cork

There were double celebrations for the RNLI in County Cork with two new lifeboats officially named and blessed in Youghal and Crosshaven. At a special ceremony held on Saturday 10th September, Youghal RNLI officially named its new Atlantic 85 class lifeboat, Gordon and Phil, while on Sunday 11th September, Crosshaven RNLI named its new lifeboat John and Janet.

Meet the Finalists

Eight fishmongers, four from Independent seafood specialists and four from supermarket seafood counters, will now compete for the following coveted titles; ‘Independent Seafood Specialist of the Year’ and ‘Supermarket Seafood Counter of the Year’ to be presented at BIM’s inaugural Seafood Awards on the 17th November in the Clayton Hotel, Dublin. As a country, we need to celebrate the skills of our seafood industry and the BIM Young Fishmonger competition highlights one of the stalwarts of the retail sector – your local fishmonger. It is designed to reward and recognise talent but also to encourage and train new entrants into a sector which has experienced a noticeable revitalisation in recent years. BIM being committed to raising the bar across the whole retail sector are delighted to have extended the competition to include a supermarket seafood counter category this year.

Full reports and further reaction in our October issue out now!

Clogherhead boats all returned to Port Oriel and other ports around the coast for Craig Byrne’s (MFV Skipper) funeral at the beginning of September. The Clogherhead community also had a quiet Blessing of the Boats on Sunday 4th September where the family and friends of Craig Byrne were invited to scatter pettals into the sea in his memory. Photo courtesy P. Smith

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I like a bit of squid and there is a little bit about jigging for squid musically in the programme, as well as the story of what happened to a Lifeboatman on his wedding day and news about a development to prevent the theft of Ringbuoys as well as new volunteer rescue services in Sligo and Clare, this is an edition packed with maritime news, discussion, comment and information.

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Fishing for Folklore with Bernard Dunne

WBA Super Bantamweight Champion visited Howth in September and took a trip on the MFV Celtic Fisher. Bernard was filming a new series for RTE with Firebrand Productions called Mythical Heroes. The ex-champ may not have gone down easy in the ring but a couple of hours on the rolling deck of a fishing boat was more than enough for Dunne, who was very happy to see the shore again. We look forward to seeing the series later on this year. Pictured above is Bernard with production crew and Sean Doran.

Béal Boats – Life Changers
Pat Nolan

Having previously traced the histories of the BIM 50-footers in his book, Sea Change, and later those of the BIM 56-footers in, A Step Up, Pat on this occasion turns his attention to another class of BIM built boats, the 32-footers, widely known as Béal boats. The book, Life Changers, has emerged mainly as result of information gleaned through the tremendous response received from those who owned the boats, fished on them, or otherwise knew of them.

Low demand and poor prices paid for lobster in the 1940s resulted in many pre World War II lobster boats being laid up and falling into disrepair. That being the case, when an upturn came during the 1950s, those boats were no longer fit for purpose. New vessels were needed! As was the case when Bord Iascaigh Mhara introduced the 50-footers at a time of former need, again it was the same Bord that came to the rescue. It did so by having the 32ft boats built at its Yards. In all, over the years, thirty-six vessels were issued to fishermen on the basis of a deposit and repayment scheme. Not only was new life injected to the inshore fishing industry but also vital employment was provided at a time when emigration figures nationwide were registering at almost 1,000 per week.

The book, which is currently available, chronicles in as far as possible, the yards and years in which Béal boats were built, their initial cost and original owners, their first home ports, and a comprehensive subsequent history of each boat with anecdotes added. It also includes approximately fifty photographic illustrations.

On his research travels around the coast Pat met up with men at various ports who had a lifetime of fishing experiences to tell. Though unrelated to the Béal boats topic, he has included a selection of those experiences in the book. As a finale he has also included a summary of his personal coastal visits over several years.

The 171 page paperback, Life Changers, is available at €15/£12 (including postage and packaging), through any of the following links:
Pat Nolan, 16 Dunamallaght Rd, Ballycastle, Co Antrim, BT54 6PB
Phone: 0482076 2382 (from R.O.I)
or 0282076 2382 (from U.K /N.I.)
Mobile: 07561245538
(text name and address)
E-mail: patnolan1@hotmail.com
The book is also stocked by local bookshops.

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MFV “Atlantic Warrior”
New Addition to the Glengad Fleet

Glengad Fisherman Eamon Doherty recently took delivery of a new Cygnus Cyclone which he has called the MFV “Atlantic Warrior”, a name Eamon always liked.

MFV Menhaden S135 Extended

The newly extended MFV Menhaden returned to its home port of Castletownbere at the beginning of September in good time for the winter pelagic season. The Owner/Skipper of the MFV Menhaden, Larry Murphy had the vessel extended by 8.4 meters at the Karstensens Shipyard in Skagen.

Read more in our October issue

Bord Iascaigh Mhara Encourage Visitors to ‘Taste the Atlantic’ at Galway Oyster & Seafood Festival

Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), the Seafood Development Agency, were proud to support another successful Galway Oyster & Seafood Festival this year from the 23rd – 25th September. Profiling BIM’s successful ‘Taste the Atlantic – a Seafood Journey’; the agency hosted an informative oyster showcase to inform visitors of the provenance of our world renowned oysters including the history, cultivation techniques and the distinctive tastes from different bays along the West Coast.

€30million United Fish Industries Fishmeal & Fish Oil Plant in Killybegs Officially Opens

An investment by United Fish Industries (UFI) and the Pelagia Group of €30 million has seen one of the iconic fish processing plants in Killybegs being totally redeveloped and reconstructed into one of the most modern Marine Ingredient plants in the world.

Read more in our October issue

Marine Times - Rogues Gallery

In every issue of the Marine Times we feature great photos of crews from around the coast that make a living in our seas in the Irish fishing fleet:
Pictured above are the crew of last months front page vessel photo aka the Northern Celt posse! (Photo by WP) See more crew photos in our current issue in shops now!
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