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Marine Notice: Annual Groundfish Survey Off South & West Coasts
Fishing
#MarineNotice - The Marine Institute advises that the annual Irish Groundfish Survey (IGFS2016) will be carried out off the South and West coasts of Ireland between Monday 14 November and Sunday 18 December in fulfilment of Ireland’s Common Fisheries Policy…
Hyperbaric chambers like this one at Canada’s Simon Fraser University are used to treat decompression sickness, or ‘the bends’
Diving
#Diving - The SCUBA diving community in Cork is raising funds for a hyperbaric chamber to treat divers with decompression sickness, as the Irish Examiner reports. Otherwise known as ‘the bends’, the potentially fatal condition is contracted when nitrogen bubbles…
Claire Lambe with Sinead Lynch
Rowing
#Rowing: Claire Lambe and Sally O’Brien have been named in the Cambridge University women’s squad for the Boat Races. Lambe, who started rowing with Commercial, has represented UCD and Old Collegians. She competed for Ireland at the 2016 Olympic Games,…
Public Consultation On Pike Management In Wild Brown Trout Fisheries
Angling
#Angling - Inland Fisheries Ireland has launched a public consultation on the management of pike in designated wild brown trout fisheries. It follows the IFI board’s decision to commence a review period of its policies on the management of wild…
Neptune Head of the River is Off
Rowing
#Rowing: Neptune Head of the River, scheduled for Saturday, November 5th on Blessington Lakes has been cancelled. The organisers say that the forecast of high winds at the venue meant they could not continue with the event. A big part…
Marine Minister Michael Creed and BIM CEO Tara McCarthy (centre) with representatives from the new Fisheries Local Action Groups
Fishing
#Fishing - Marine Minister Michael Creed has announced €12 million funding under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) Operational Programme for seven Fisheries Local Action Groups (FLAGs) to fund local development initiatives in Ireland’s coastal communities. The seven new…
A ship’s telegraph much like this one was retrieved from the Lusitania wreck by diver Eoin McGarry
Diving
#Lusitania - A Dungarvan diver has recovered a telegraph machine from the wreck of the Lusitania off West Cork, as The Irish Times reports. Eoin McGarry retrieved the treasure trove under licence from the Heritage Minister and on behalf of…
Skerries lifeboat crew rescues two swimmers from the water off Colt Island on Hallowe'en afternoon
RNLI Lifeboats
#RNLI - Skerries RNLI responded yesterday afternoon (31 October) to reports of swimmers in difficulty to the south of Colt Island off the north Co Dublin town. Shortly after 12 noon, a member of the local fishing fleet alerted Dublin…
At almost 50m long Emerald Gratia was the largest of four industrial mussel dredgers that worked the seabed of Dalkey Sound last week
Fishing
#DredgingDalkey - Industrial mussel seed dredging will leave Ireland's coastal waters "full of jellyfish and little else", convervationists claim. As the The Irish Independent writes, four industrial trawlers had worked in Dublin Bay over the three days beginning last Sunday (23 October). …
A sea trout caught by an angler in Galway Bay
Angling
#Angling - Poaching is a direct threat to efforts to revive salmon and trout angling and associated tourism in Connemara, a local business has warned. Brian Curran of Lough Corrib-based Ireland West Angling told the Connacht Tribune that poachers are doing “untold…
Monika Dukarska with silver medallist Alexandra Tsiavou and Edwig Alfred (bronze) at the World Coastal Championships.
Rower of Month
#Rowing: Monika Dukarska is the Afloat Rower of the Month for October. The Killorglin woman became the world champion in the solo (single) at the Fisa World Coastal Rowing Championships in Monaco. She won the final by 26 seconds, leaving…
Easkey Britton giving her TEDxDublin talk in 2013
Surfing
#Adventure - Pioneering Irish surfer Easkey Britton was keynote speaker at the fifth annual International Adventure Conference in Tralee last week, as The Kerryman reports. The event attracted experts from as far afield as New Zealand for three days of…
A sea trout caught by an angler in Galway Bay
Angling
#Angling - Northern Ireland’s new online fishing permit application system has “transformed” the industry, as the Belfast Telegraph reports. The new NI government web portal, designed by Belfast firm Kainos with BT, enables anglers and commercial fishermen to apply for…
Aquaholics Dive Centre’s new catamaran
Diving
#Diving - A new commercial catamaran is part of a Portstewart-based diving firm’s efforts to compete with popular dive tourism destinations abroad, as the News Letter reports. Diving is ‘big business’ for the Aquaholics Dive Centre, which provides services for…
Applications Open For 2017 Oyster Fishing Licences
Fishing
#Fishing - Fishermen wishing to apply for oyster dredging licences for the 2017 season must apply with the official form via the relevant River Basin District Office before 12 noon on Friday 25 November. Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) say this…
Fractures to the starboard bulwark of the Cara Rose recovered after the incident in September 2015
MCIB
#MCIB - Small fishing craft used for non-commercial potting must comply with the code of practice for recreational craft, investigators have warned in their report on the death of a fisherman in an incident off the Mayo coast last year.…

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