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Inside our March issue this month:

Anger as Minister Ignores Industry Concerns
Northern Ireland Vessels Now Allowed Inside Ireland’s 6 Mile Limit - All Without Industry Consultation

Minister for Agriculture, Food and Marine, Michael Creed has just introduced new legislation to allow Northern Ireland vessels to fish within Ireland’s exclusive fisheries zone, 0 and 6 nautical miles from the shoreline. Many from within the fishing sector are dismayed at the decision to introduce this legislation as there has been no consultation between the Irish fishing industry and Minister Michael Creed on this issue.

What Does Consultation Mean?

Back in December the Irish Fish Producers’ Organisation sent a strongly-worded letter to the Minister for the Marine, Michael Creed, which included this statement: “You are obliged to consult with us prior to the exercise of your Ministerial Prerogative on policy.” Thus a fundamental question about fisheries matters in this country was brought to the fore.

Greencastle Fishermen Welcome Council Support For Breakwater Project
Harbour Group Now Have Their Sights Set On The Future

Greencastle fisherman, Cara Rawdon, recently retired chairman of The Irish Fish Producers Organisation Ltd (IFPO), has welcomed Donegal County Council’s recent declaration of financial support towards financing the completion of the breakwater at Greencastle.

The Consequences of ‘Fake News’ and ‘Alternative Facts’ on the Fishing Industry and Coastal Communities

The recent Presidential election in America brought a few new terms into general conversation such as ‘fake news’ and ‘alternative facts’. As an industry we have no one batting for us in the mainstream print media. In fact in the last three months I have read numerous articles on the impacts of Brexit on the Irish Fishing Industry. Much of that content was very misleading for the public and really only addressed the impacts in a cursory way. In fact the articles focused on national sharing arrangements for mackerel and the Killybegs RSW fleet. What I find more interesting is that these articles were written with no expert input or balance. Moreover the articles failed to address what Brexit really means for the Irish Fishing industry and all the ancillary businesses associated with it.

Annual Return of Supertrawlers Off Donegal Coast Raising Concerns

“Annually, Supertrawlers have caused significant damage to local fishermens’ gear such as crab and lobster pots and there are concerns this could be repeated as these huge ships return off the coast of Donegal once again this year,” according to Independent TD for Donegal, Thomas Pringle.

KFO Calls on Creed to Focus Exclusively on Brexit and Withdraw Mackerel Review
Review Causing Division in Irish Fishing Industry As Unprecedented Brexit Challenges Loom

The Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation (KFO) has called on the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed to focus all his energies on protecting Irish fisheries ahead of Brexit and to immediately withdraw a flawed mackerel sharing review on which important time and resources are being squandered. UK Fisheries Minister, George Eustice has already claimed that British fishermen will catch hundreds of thousands of tonnes more fish after Brexit while Ireland, which shares 47 out of its 50 Total Allowable Catches (TAC) with the UK, stands to lose catastrophically from an EU without Britain. Some 31% of 2015 Irish catches come from UK waters with the two main species for Irish fishermen, mackerel and nephrops, requiring anything from 40% to 60% access to British fishing grounds.

Meeting On Outstanding Issues Surrounding Atypical Work Permits Sought

Currently, several issues are effecting the Atypical work permit scheme and a letter has been sent to Minister Frances Fitzgerald at the Department of Justice and Equality seeking a meeting with her department and the WRC to discuss the renewal process on the Atypical permits.

MFV Endurance playing Hide and Seek - Photo by Alan O'Shea

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A man who arrived in Ireland from Poland to grow oysters, but found that designing boats was what he was best at is featured on this edition of THIS ISLAND NATION.

Frank Kowalski is setting a new trend in the design of boats to counter drugs-running and people-smuggling which he is building at Youghal on the East Cork coastline.

Also on this edition, the lifesavers of Clare, who are the best in Ireland and you may not have known that Brendan Behan, Ireland's famous writer, was once involved in the maritime sphere, but not with much distinction! .He was employed as a painter in St.John's Lighthouse in County Down, but the Principal Keeper got fed-up with his work or, it would seem, lack thereof and wrote to the Engineer-in-Charge of Irish Lights calling for Behan to be dismissed.

These are amongst the stories on THIS ISLAND NATION, where there is always something new and interesting to be reported about the sea.

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TechWorks Marine a leader in the Metocean data networking was awarded a contract to design and deploy an operational Wave Buoy by Port of Cork in late 2016, to be deployed at Roche’s Point on the approach to Cork Harbour.

As the Wave climate in Ireland takes its toll on equipment, a large platform was recommended in order to survive the heavy weather, and maximise visibility of the data buoy to the shipping activity using the harbour on a daily basis.

Central to this development is the TechWorks Marine TMBB-Data Acquisition and Transmission system, the versatile and configurable monitoring platform is designed around it. The TMBB is a robust, reliable and scalable data acquisition system, which ensures the ongoing collection and transmission of quality assured data to enable clients to make informed decisions linked to their commercial activity. Already operational, data is being transmitted in real-time every 20 minutes to the Port of Cork Operations station. The inertial wave sensor used on the buoy is the SeaView Systems SVS-603. The Mobilis Jet9000 buoy Hull was selected as the most robust and reliable platform for such long term operational deployment.

The engineering team at TechWorks Marine carried out the full system integration and testing and extensive onsite training was provided, combined with detailed hardware and software documentation. The TechWorks Marine Data buoy can be easily upgraded in the future with additional Meteorological and Oceanographic sensors given the modular structure of the TMBB system.

Ms Charlotte O’Kelly, CEO of TechWorks Marine confirmed that the Wave buoy was deployed operationally in early December following initial on-site testing by TechWorks Marine. Ms O'Kelly said: ‘At present, the data buoy reports directly to the Port of Cork operations centre from where its data is used to ensure the safety of ships coming in and out of the Harbour.’

Port of Cork Harbour Master, Captain Paul O Regan commented on the wave buoy saying: ‘To date the wave data we have collected has been extremely useful with regards to our shipping operations. Safety is our first priority at the Port of Cork and this technology will assist us as we see larger vessels arriving into the port.’

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Increase in By-Catch for Bluefin Tuna Could Create Rod & Line Fishery

At the end of last year, twenty Bluefin tuna were caught and tagged in Donegal bay by the Marine Institute in conjunction with an angling vessel. It is hoped that the tags will provide critical scientific data when they detach from the tuna and surface after 9 months.

“Johnny Mac” New Fishing Vessel Joins the Boatstrand Fleet

Young fisherman Luke Taylor’s boat the MFV Johnny Mac is ready to join the Boatstrand fleet of fishing boats. Luke who started fishing on finishing school five years ago is following the career path of his ancestors.

Read more in our February issue

Robert and Michael Kearney of Clonmany Take Delivery of a New Cygnus Typhoon

Clonmany’s Kearney brothers Robert and Michael are taking delivery this week of a new 11.9m Typhoon which they had built at Murphy Marine Services on Valentia Island, Co. Kerry.

V-Notching Programme for Oversize Lobsters Extended to 2018

Minister Michael Creed has signed into law S.I. No. 679 which provides for the extension of management measures for Lobsters until 1st January 2018.

Read more in our February issue

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Mickey McLaughlin, Foyle Fisher down in Dunmore East with two of his helpful hands - Photo by William Power.

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