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Angler Ronan O’Connor caught a fresh run salmon on Wednesday, 1st of February in Fermoy
Angling
The first salmon of 2017 has been caught in the Careysville Fishery on the Munster Blackwater on the opening day of the river, according to Inland Fisheries Ireland. Angler Ronan O’Connor caught a fresh run salmon on Wednesday, 1st of…
Howth’s new small fishing craft pontoon in County Dublin
Coastal Notes
The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed TD, today announced details of a €28m Capital Investment Package for the ongoing development of Ireland’s Local Authority owned small harbour network. (see Table 1 below for details)In announcing the…
Salmon Angling Drought Finally Ends As Ireland Sees First Catch-Free January On Record
Angling
#Angling - Angling enthusiasts fear for the health of Ireland’s salmon stocks after the first ever catch-less January since records began, according to the Belfast Telegraph. Dubliner Ronan O’Connor landed Ireland’s first salmon of 2017, a seven-pounder, on the Blackwater…
Marine Notice: Hi-Line Protocols For Helicopter SAR Assistance
Rescue
#MarineNotice - The latest Marine Notice from the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (DTTAS) details the proper hi-line protocols when receiving assistance from a search and rescue helicopter. The notice follows the findings of last year’s MCIB report into…
Angling on the Annalee tributary of the Erne
Angling
#Angling - Inland Fisheries Ireland is seeking submissions from angling enthusiasts and other interested parties in relation to a proposal to introduce a byelaw to: Introduce a minimum takeable size limit for trout of 30cm (12”). Introduce a bag limit…
Hyperbaric chambers like this one at Canada’s Simon Fraser University are used to treat decompression sickness
Diving
#Diving - Planning permission is being sought for a new hyperbaric therapy centre in Galway city centre, as Galway Bay FM reports. Regularly used for the treatment of damaged body tissues, hyperbaric facilities are also key to the treatment of…
Youghal RNLI's inshore lifeboat
RNLI Lifeboats
#RNLI - Youghal RNLI came to the assistance of two people last weekend after their fishing vessel got into difficulty off the Cork coast. The volunteer crew was requested to launch their inshore lifeboat last Saturday (27 January) at 3.55pm…
SEA-DOG: Husky, a tug workboat made a short coastal passage from Howth Harbour to her homeport of Wickow Port this morning. She is seen last weekend on the Vartry and at a routine berth on the North Quay. Astern are boats of the fishing fleet of the east coast harbour.
Ports & Shipping
#Towage – Alpha Marine’s tug-workboat Husky headed to her homeport of Wicklow Port this morning having been at Howth Boatyard, writes Jehan Ashmore. The robust looking Belfast registered 8 tonnes bollard pull tug had used the boat-haul or ‘Synchrolift’ facility…
Record-breaking irish solo rower, gavan hennigan, finishes the talisker whisky atlantic challenge credit ben duffy 2
Rowing
After 49 days on the water, Irishman Gavan Hennigan completed the 5,000km Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge in style as he broke Irish and International Ocean Rowing Records. As Afloat.iereported earlier, the solo rower bravely held off the challenge of a…
Speakers at the seafood sectoral gialogue on Brexit: Patrick Murphy; Bord Bia CEO Tara McCarthy; Marine Minister Michael Creed; Sean O’Donohue of the Killybegs Fishermans' Association, Lorcán Ó Cinnéide of the Irish Fish Processors and Exporters Association; and Dr Cecil Beamish of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine
Fishing
#Brexit - Marine Minister Michael Creed yesterday (Wednesday 1 February) hosted a sectoral dialogue focused on the seafood sector and the potential impacts it could face from Brexit. Opening the dialogue, Minister Creed highlighted the importance of ensuring that the…
Gavan Hennigan in Antigua
Rowing
#Rowing: Gavan Hennigan traversed the finish line in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge tonight and marked himself out as a record breaker. The 35-year-old Galway man took 49 days to complete the row from La Gomera in the Canaries to…
Atlantic Rower Hennigan Sets Up Exciting Finish
Rowing
#Rowing: After 5,000 kilometres of rowing, Gavan Hennigan is in a race to the line in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. The three men of American Oarsmen are finishing fast, hoping to take third from the Irishman in the row…
Irish Fishing Industry Wants Clarity Over Brexit
Fishing
#Brexit - Concern is spreading across Ireland’s fishing industry over the impact of Brexit on Irish fishing grounds and markets, as The Irish Times reports. The potential impact of fishing vessels from elsewhere in the EU that might be expelled…
Gavan Hennigan
Rowing
#Rowing: Gavan Hennigan is producing extraordinary mileage in his battle to be the next boat to finish the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. The solo oarsman has held third since early in the 12-boat race from the Canary Islands to Antigua…
Morten Espersen
Rowing
#Rowing: The high performance director of Rowing Ireland, Morten Espersen, has resigned. Espersen emailed his decision to the chief executive of Rowing Ireland, Hamish Adams.  “On behalf of the entire Board and Staff I wish Morten well in the next…
Angler Dean Quigley wit the new Irish record Smooth-hound
Angling
The Irish Specimen Fish Committee has ratified a new Irish record fish. Wexford angler Dean Quigley has broken the Smooth Hound record which had been established as recently as 2015. The new record fish, weighing 11.27 kg, was caught on…

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