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News Roundup for the Week

Sales Notes Affected Tie-Up Scheme Grants

A number of applications for assistance under the Covid temporary tie-up scheme were rejected because sales notes were not submitted to the SFPA, it has been learned. These notes were necessary to confirm that vessels were in excess of at least €5,000 worth of activity last year. BIM has indicated that those rejected for this reason can reapply. Take-up of the scheme has been low, as predicted by fishing industry organisations. Only 65 applications were successful. The Department of the Marine has said that the ultimate cost of the scheme will now be known until the end of next month. Fishing organisations maintain that its maximum cost will not exceed €250,000.

New Clogherhead Twin-Rig

Whitby, UK-based boatbuilder Parkol Marine Engineering is building a twin-rig prawn refrigerated/freezer boat for Clogherhead. It is the first vessel to be built there for Ireland, will be just over 26 metres in overall length and have a beam of nearly 8 metres. It is for David and Michael Kirwan at the County Louth port.

Malin Head Fishermen Victims Of Circumstance

Malin Head fishermen in County Donegal continued to V-notch berried female lobsters,maintaining a conservation measure at their own expense, after it was suspended by Bord Iascaigh Mhara this year.

“We were caught here because we had 300 kilos of lobsters in our tank ready for V-notching and all of a sudden we became a victim of circumstances,” the Marine Times has been told by the Co-op. The full story is in the July edition of the MARINE TIMES now published and on sale throughout the country.

Keeping The Spirit Local On Cape Clear

Cape Clear Island Distillery which commenced operations only last November was extremely hard hit by the collapse in the pub, hotel and duty free trades, Séamus Ó Drisceoil tells the Marine Times from the Co.Cork island. “Showing innovation and agility in the face of a collapse in business, we decided to do something completely different by becoming the first and only distillery in Ireland to offer award-winning gin in engraved and personalized bottles.”

The island’s distillery has created local and nautical designs for the bottles – ‘The Fastnet’ - The Cléire’ and ‘The Beacon’ (Baltimore) and is offering ‘personal messages’ inscribed on the bottles”

“We’re happy to cooperate with outlets, particularly in coastal areas, to produce engraved bottles suitable for their own local clientele,” says Seamus, “in the theme of keeping it local.”

Cape Clear Ferries resumed Fastnet Lighthouse Tours this Friday (July 10) with seasonal services also resumed from Schull, on a more restricted basis than normal. “The ending of travel restrictions to the Islands, much sooner than expected and at extreme short notice saw a flurry of activity by the ferry and other service providers on the Island to reopen their businesses for the remainder of the season.”