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Major Fishing Organisations Are Co-Operating Closely

The major fishing organisations are co-operating closely in dealing with the industry’s future.

Hugo Boyle, CEO of the Irish South and East Fish Producer’s Organisation has stressed the importance and value of this, particularly in the context of Brexit and the effects of Covid 19 which continue to be major issues for the industry.

“Though it may have slipped somewhat from the public mind as the pandemic and its health threats were dealt with, for the industry the outcome of the EU negotiations with the UK on Brexit and the impact on fisheries is of the greatest importance,” he says in the August edition of the Marine Times.

Could Inflatable Toy Boats Be Banned?

The Chief Executive of the national safety organisation, John Leech of Water Safety Ireland says he would support a ban on inflatable toy boats because of the dangers they create. This, he says, needs a political decision. The CEO suggests that councillors could make bye-laws on their local Councils to ban these inflatables and that his organisation would support such a move.

Two Men Plead Guilty To Illegal Net Fishing

Two men - Maxim Loan and Gheorgie Pingica – were charged at Swords District Court for illegal net fishing at Broadmeadow Estuary, Malahide, Co. Dublin. Inland Fisheries Ireland o fficers from the Dublin District had been watching a net that had been staked in the estuary and said they saw two individuals retrieving and servicing a net and placing it in a vehicle. They seized a 68-metre long net which contained mullet and flounder and apprehended the men, both of whom were convicted by Judge Bernadette under Section 102 of Fisheries Amendment Act and fined a total of €1,000 and with costs awarded to IFI of €1,814.

Brian Beckett, Director of the Eastern River Basin District at Inland Fisheries Ireland said that illegal nets “are very damaging to vulnerable estuary fish stocks including salmon, seatrout, bass and mullet along the East coast. This conviction highlights the persistent issue of illegal net fishing which is a serious environmental crime and will not be tolerated”.

Baltimore RNLI provides assistance to a motor boat in difficulty

Baltimore RNLI was called out on the evening of Friday 7th August to provide assistance to a motor boat in difficulty at Sherkin Island, off the coast of west Cork.

The volunteer lifeboat crew launched their inshore lifeboat at 6.50pm, following a request from the Irish Coast Guard to assist an 18ft motor boat, with four people on board, which had broken down in Horseshoe Harbour, Sherkin Island, off the coast of west Cork.

The Baltimore inshore lifeboat arrived at the casualty vessel at 6.54pm. The owner of the motor boat had dropped an anchor and all occupants were wearing lifejackets. The lifeboat transferred volunteer crew member David Ryan on to the vessel. He established a tow and hauled the anchor, and the lifeboat commenced the tow for Baltimore at 6.59pm. The lifeboat towed the casualty vessel to it’s own mooring in Baltimore Harbour and once it was secured the lifeboat returned to the station, arriving at 7.24pm.

There were four volunteer crew onboard the lifeboat, Helm Micheal Cottrell and crew members Ryan O’Mahony, David Ryan and Eoin O’Driscoll. Assisting at the station were Jerry and Rianne Smith. Conditions at sea were calm with a westerly force 4 wind, a 0.5m sea swell and good visibility.

Speaking following the call out, Kate Callanan, Baltimore RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer said: ‘Always remember when going to sea, to carry means of communication. If you get into difficulty at sea or on the coast, call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard.’