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#saildlr – 'Nice to be back at the front!' declared Annalise Murphy after taking two race wins this afternoon to add to her tally of four at Delta Lloyd regatta this week. The Irish Laser Radial Olympian is in second place for tomorrow's medal race, just two points behind local favourite Marit Bouwmeester but tomorow's Medal Race on the ijsselmeer at Medemblik is fo...
#superyachtdrop – Time to check your insurance policy! This 131ft superyacht was being hoisted on a container vessel in the port of Colon in Panama on Tuesday. However, this routine procedure went wrong when the lifting straps around the superyacht broke, dropping the vessel onto the deck as the vid above shows (at about 0.48 seconds on the timeline)....
#Rowing: Ireland’s Lisa Dilleen and Helen Hannigan missed out on a place in the semi-finals of the European Rowing Championships when they finished fourth in their repechage of the women’s double sculls. The Ireland crew looked well-placed behind winners Denmark at 1500 metres, but were ousted from the crucial top three by Sweden and France. The men’s lightweight four pe...
#Rowing: Paul and Gary O’Donovan again left it late, but made it through to the A/B semi-finals of the European Rowing Championships in Poznan, Poland, today. The Ireland lightweight double were off the pace in the first half of their six-boat repechage. But at the finish, as Austria and Switzerland claimed the first two of the three qualifying places, Ireland came through to...
#WaterSafety - Recreational divers must follow safety guidelines to the letter, a coroner has urged during the inquest into the death of two diving enthusiasts off West Cork last summer. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the two men in their 60s, who were understood to be experienced divers, died while exploring the wreck of a German U-boat off Castlehaven on 2 July last. Co...
#InlandWaters - Waterways Ireland is seeking contributions from the public on what they think best fulfils the theme 'Waterways Heritage'. Participants of all ages are invited to enter the Heritage Art/Photographic Competition to be in with a chance to win an iPad Air. Heritage of the inland waterways can include monuments, archaeological objects, heritage objects, ar...
#Rowing: Sanita Puspure finished fourth in her heat of the women’s single sculls at the European Rowing Championships in Poznan in Poland and must compete in a repechage if she is to make the A Final. Only the winner qualified directly from each of two heats for the A Final. Julia Richter of Germany led early on, with Puspure her closest challenger. Jeannine Gmelin of Switzer...
#inland – The Clodha Wheelyboat, a wheelchair accessible flat deck boat, was today launched by Minister of State for Natural Resources, Joe McHugh TD, at Rooskey Lough, Co Donegal. The Clodha is the first boat of its kind in the Northwest and has been funded by Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) and Rural Recreation Funds. It is operated by the Creeslough and District Anglers and...
#Fishing - Marine Minister Simon Coveney announced on Tuesday (26 May) the introduction of national management measures for razor clams. The minister brought forward the proposals at the third National Inshore Fisheries Forum (NIFF) meeting, where he announced the introduction of an outtake limit for fishing razor clams in the North Irish Sea of 700kg per vessel per week to tak...
#Rowing: The first six races of the Ireland challenge at the European Rowing Championships resulted in three direct qualifications for A/B semi-finals and three boats set for repechages. Sinéad Jennings gave Ireland a good start by finishing second of three qualifiers in the lightweight single sculls. The women’s pair of Monika Dukarska and Leonora Kennedy were one place fur...
#flyingfifteen – On a great evening for sailing on Dublin Bay with an incoming tide and winds from the west varying from 10–knots to gusts of 25 the Flying Fifteen fleet turned out in good numbers again with 13 boats competing. The pin end appeared to be biased at the start but the wind flicked which made it more square. Murphy, Colman and Balfe were quick off the start at ...
#ringsakiddy – The Port of Cork has welcomed the decision of An Bord Pleanála to grant planning permission for the Ringaskiddy Port Redevelopment project in the lower harbour. The development, which will ultimately amount to an investment of around €100 million, will form an extension to the existing facilities that the Port currently operates in Ringaskiddy. Brendan Keati...
#EithneMigrants - Naval Service flagship LÉ Eithne (P31) conducted a second successful rescue operation in the Mediterranean this morning involving 300 migrants according to Minister for Defence, Mr. Simon Coveney, T.D. The Minister commented "the continued efforts of the LÉ Eithne to make a real contribution to the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean is commendable, thi...
#Ports&Shipping – The latest Irish Maritime Development Office (IMDO) Weekly Market Review includes the following stories outlined below. Irish Maritime News: 10,000 Marine Jobs by 2020- The Expert Group on Future Skills Needs (EGFSN) has advised the Government to upskill younger workers to support the 10,000 new jobs the marine economy will create by 2020. Ardmore Shippi...
#isora – It's always 'darkest before the dawn' the song goes on this onboard video from last weekend's 'frustrating but enjoyable' ISORA offshore weekend. An exhuasting overnight race from Holyhead to the Isle of Man in fickle conditions bore out the meaning of the Florence and the Machine lyrics with competitors in the 20–boat fleet taking many hours to get to Douglas...
#The National Yacht Club's Annalise Murphy continued her assault on an 82–Laser Radial fleet in a bitterly cold edition of the Delta Lloyd regatta in Holland yesterday. The Newstalk sponsored solo sailor scored a second race win and a third yesterday to be second overall in blustery conditions, just four points behind world number one Marit Bouwmeester of the host nation. In ...
#dbsc – Dublin Bay Sailing Club Results for 28 MAY 2015 BENETEAU 31.7 - 1. Levana (Jean Mitton), 2. Prospect (Chris Johnston),3. After You Too (Michael Blaney) BENETEAU 31.7 Echo- 1. Levante (M.Leahy/J.Power), 2. Prospect (ChrisJohnston), 3. Extreme Reality (P.McSwiney/E.O'Rafferty) CRUISERS 1 Echo - 1. Adrenalin (J McDonald & J Balfe), 2. Boomerang(Paul Kirwan), 3. Rocka...
#multihull – Competitors from all the cat clubs came to Ballyholme Yacht Club last weekend to have some great racing over short course format with multiple starts. Saturday dawned with little and fickle winds but when the SW building breeze settled the fleet was treated to five competitive races. Adrian Allen and Barry Swanston were in dominant form with five wins. ...
Kinsale Yacht Club has won a blue flag for its coastal marina for the first time in today's An Taisce announcement of the International Blue Flag Awards for 2015.  A total of 144 awards were presented by the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Mr. Alan Kelly, T.D, at an awards ceremony held on Ballinskelligs Beach in Kerry. Ireland's diverse ...
Thursday, 28 May 2015 11:47

Galway Bay 'Fish Dump' Investigated

#GalwayBay - Dead fish allegedly dumped off Spiddal beach on Galway Bay recently are the subject of an investigation by fisheries protection officials, as The Irish Times reports. Local campaigners against the proposed salmon farm off the Aran Islands said last week's discovery comprised carcasses of farmed salmon - claiming a tag with the Marine Harvest Island label was found ...
#MarineScience - Following its issue by the Central Bank last year, the limited edition Silver Proof coin commemorating John Philip Holland, the Irish-born inventor of the modern submarine, was presented to Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Marine Minister Simon Coveney during their recent visit to the Marine Institute. Highlighting the significance of Ireland's strong maritime history,...
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