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Ministers Donohoe (left) and Noonan arrive at Government Buildings for Budget 2017
Budget
While cuts to USC, pension increases and a Public Sector pay rise are among the main components of Budget 2017 anounced today, the Marine Sector came in for special mention with a new income tax credit that recognises the difficult nature…
The Spanish trawler barely clears the hull of the Celtic Dawn
Fishing
#Fishing - A small fishing vessel had a close call in West Cork this week when a much larger trawler powered past from Castletownbere with barely any room to spare. According to the Irish Examiner, the crew of the Celtic…
Fishing Ports Raided In Undocumented Worker Sting
Fishing
#Fishing - Fishing ports in Howth and Castletownbere were raided by gardaí and State agencies yesterday (Wednesday 5 October) in a sting operation focused on undocumented workers, as The Irish Times reports. The raids come after revelations last November in…
At the official opening of the Small Craft Harbour, Killybegs
Fishing
#NewHarbour - The newly constructed Killybegs Small Craft Harbour which Afloat reported on during the summer was officially opened last week.  Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed TD launched the official opening for the new marine project.…
Banríon Uladh before the recent name change
News Update
#BanríonUladh - A Northern Irish minister has sailed into stormy waters after rechristening a fisheries protection vessel from its Irish name to its English translation, as the Belfast Telegraph reports. Banrion Uladh — which patrols the Irish Sea between Lough…
Hauling net on the RV Celtic Explorer
Fishing
#Fishing - The Marine Institute’s annual Irish Groundfish Survey (IGFS2016) began off the North West Coast on Sunday 25 September, continuing till Thursday 6 October, in fulfilment of Ireland’s Common Fisheries Policy obligations. IGFS2016 is a demersal trawl survey consisting…
A photo taken from the Navy vessel LE Niamh of the trawler rescue by Courtmacsherry lifeboat 20 –miles off Seven Heads last night
RNLI Lifeboats
The Courtmacsherry RNLI All Weather Lifeboat has arrived in Union Hall with the stricken 60–ft fishing boat that had got into difficulties some seven hours earlier. The crew reported via a Mayday call at 5.46 pm last evening that they…
Minister of Agriculture, Food and the Marine Michael Creed with Minister of State Joe McHugh at the launch of the Small Craft Harbour in Killybegs, Co Donegal
Coastal Notes
Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Michael Creed TD today launched two new major marine projects in Killybegs, Co. Donegal. The first of these was the redevelopment of the United Fish Industries (UFI) fishmeal plant which has just been…
Campaigners Fear ‘Back Door’ Salmon Farming Via Galway Bay Test Site
Fishing
#FishFarm - Could proposals for the Galway Bay Marine and Renewable Energy Test Site provide a back door for fish farming in the bay? That’s the concern of local campaigners after a Statutory Instrument was enacted earlier this month that…
The stricken trawler from Kilkeel safely moored in Peel Harbour after its overnight ordeal
RNLI Lifeboats
#RNLI - Two British naval war ships, three helicopters and a fishing vessel joined Peel RNLI in the dramatic rescue of a trawler between Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man in the early hours of Wednesday morning (21 September).…
Galway Bay
Fishing
The death in hospital of a lone fisherman after a tragic accident in Galway Bay on Wednesday moved Pierce Purcell of Galway Bay Sailing Club to post these thoughts yesterday to his fellow GBSC members, and he has forwarded them…
In July 2016, in separate cases, three dead dolphins were found on the south-west coast of Ireland in the space of one week, one with a rope around its tail
Marine Wildlife
Seán Kelly MEP (Ireland South) is calling for regular on-board inspections of supertrawlers fishing off the Irish coast to ensure that they are fully compliant with the EU Common Fisheries Policy, following a reported rise in dolphin deaths. The Fine…
Lough Derg RNLI's inshore lifeboat
RNLI Lifeboats
#RNLI - Lough Derg RNLI was requested to launch by Valentia Coast Guard yesterday evening (Sunday 4 September) to assist a fisherman whose boat was wedged inside a rocky shoal. At 5.50pm, the inshore lifeboat launched with helm Eleanor Hooker,…
The tsunameter being deployed near the M4 buoy
Marine Warning
#MarineNotice - The latest Marine Notice from the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (DTTAS) advises that marine scientists from the Dublin Institute of Advanced Studies (DIAS) are deploying a tsunameter close to the new location of the M4 weather…
The FV Napier before it was lost in a sudden flooding incident of the Saltee Islands on 30 January 2014
Fishing
#Fishing - The latest Marine Notice from the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport reminds fishing vessel operators to monitor their bilge spaces prior, during and after voyages. It is also essential that bilge alarms are tested regularly, to determine…
Pictured at the launch of the Launch of FLAGS (Fisheries Local Area Groups Groups) programme at the National Seafood Centre in Clonakilty are Michael Creed, T.D., Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine and Tara McCarthy, CEO, BIM with FLAGS representatives, WEST FLAG, Paddy Crowe, Inis Oirr, Co. Galway; SOUTH WEST FLAG, Kevin Flannery, Dingle Co.Kerry; NORTH FLAG, Gerry Gallagher, Co. Donegal; SOUTH FLAG, Finian O’Sullivan, Bantry, Co. Cork; SOUTH EAST FLAG, Noel McDonagh, Dunmore East, Co. Waterford and NORTH WEST FLAG, Gerard Hassett, Achill, Co. Mayo.
Fishing
Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed TD met representatives of the seven new Fisheries Local Action Groups (FLAGs) at the National Seafood Centre in Clonakilty today. €12m is available to the FLAGS under Ireland’s Operational Programme for…

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