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Marliona Incident Still Under Investigation

The Department of Foreign Affairs has still carrying out an investigation into the incident between the Donegal trawler, Marliona and the British Royal Naval frigate, HMS Lancaster when the trawler was told to leave an area 60miles off Donegal, within the Irish exclusive economic (EEZ) zone.

The Royal Navy has admitted that the incident took place when the frigate was on a training exercise with a submarine. It has said that exchanges between the two vessels were ‘courteous’ and has insisted that the Lancaster’s presence in the waters and actions were ‘lawful’.

WATERFORD ESTUARY RAZOR DREDGING STOPPED

The High Court has stopped razor shell dredging in the Waterford Estuary.

The Court ruled that permission already given for dredging contravened the EU Habitats Directive because there had been no screening or appropriate assessment prior to the given approval.

The environmental organisation, Coastwatch has welcomed the decision. Its Director, Karin Dubksy, said the ruling “has implications for fishing activity on marine sites which are designated as Natura 2000 locations”

IRISH/SPANISH LOBSTER COLLABORATION

The Marine Institute is collaborating with scientists in Spain as part of a new project, Smart Lobster, to monitor the digging activity and maintenance of burrows of the Nephrops norvegicus, commonly known as the Dublin Bay Prawn, using the EMSO SmartBay Observatory located in Galway Bay.

Current methods for counting populations cannot account for variability in the animals emerging from their burrows. This study will solve that problem by helping to understand the magnitude of that variability and lead to more accurate assessment of population numbers to ensure a sustainable fishery into the future.

Read more about this project in the August edition of the MARINE TIMES.

DELIGHTED WITH THE MINISTER!

The Chief Executive of the South and West Fish Producers’ Organisation, Patrick Murphy, says he is “delighted to hear the language the Minister used” when meeting fishing industry representatives and “genuinely hopes” the Minister will follow through on his promises.

Read his reason for this in the August edition of the MARINE TIMES and also the comments of Hugo Boyle Chief Executive i

IRELAND’S OLDEST INLAND MARITIME RACE

Ireland’s oldest inland sailing race will take place on August 22, with up to 30 yachtss taking part in the Cong-Galway Race. Ashford Castle has been announced as the 2020 race sponsor. The Royal Galway Yacht Club co-founded the Cong-Galway Race in 1882.It is also Europe’s longest inland race.The original Cong-Galway Race started at the Royal Galway Yachting Club in Galway City and travelled to Ashford Castle in Cong before returning to Galway City, a race distance of 61.5 nautical miles. The Cong-Galway Race was a huge social event in Galway until 1914. It never recovered after the First World War and was last held in its old format in 1931. The race was later revived in 1972. Now half the original length, the race starts at Lisloughrey pier, near Ashford Castle, and ends just past the Quincentennial Bridge in Galway City.