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#FishFarm - Bord Iascaigh Mhara is keeping mum when it comes to naming who's expressed an interest in operating the controversial Galway Bay fish farm, according to the Connacht Tribune. The fisheries board would only confirm than 21 investors and businesses have come forward with a view to running or funding the 500-hectare organic salmon farm off the Aran Islands, which would...
#Angling - Casting Territory: A Contemporary River Keepers’ Index of Lesser Known Patterns is a new collaborative art project by artist Martina O’Brien and the Dodder Anglers Club. O'Brien uses the art of fly-tying – where the act of imitation meets intimate knowledge – to explore the angler’s inherent awareness of flora and fauna, physical geography and rol...
#oceanwealth – A major celebration of Ireland's ocean wealth will take place in Cork harbour this summer. A two day event, 10th and 11th July, is planned for Ringaskiddy and Haulbowline in association with IMERC and with support from Beaufort Laboratory, UCC, the National Maritime College of Ireland, the Naval Service and the Marine Institute. The event, h...
#springchicken – We're back into 2015 already and Team INSS kicked off their 2015 racing with the Dublin Bay Sailing Club Spring Series sponsored by Rathfarnham Ford. It was a cold windy start to the season with ice having to be scraped off the deck of our 1720 before we could safely rig for sailing. Towing out, there was a cold breeze in form the West, Fintan Cairns and his ...
#sailorofthemonth – Conor Clarke, who cut his sailing teeth on Dublin Bay, is our Sailor of the Month for January after a dream debut at the Key West Regatta with his Melges 24 Embarr. In fact, "dream" is the theme of the story, as they made their debut in the kind of conditions you could only fantasise about in mid-January Dublin, with 18 knots of breeze in an air temperatur...
#MarineWildlife - Could the recent mass strandings of Cuvier's beaked whales in British and Irish waters be connected with the recent real-life 'Hunt for Red October'? Last month scientists in Scotland were baffled by an "unusually large number" of strandings of the deep-water whale species, rarely seen because they feed so far below the surface. And as the Sunday World reports...
#dbsc – Results from last Sunday's first race of the Rathfarnham Ford sponsored DBSC Spring Chicken series on Dublin Bay together with starts and handicaps for next Sunday are downloadable below....
#illegalfishing – At a sitting of Galway District Court on Tuesday, 3rd February, Judge Denis McLaughlin convicted two men of illegal fishing, and issued fines and costs totalling €1,850. Michael Gannon of Raleigh Row, Galway City, and Brendan Hardiman, with an address at Mace, Corrandulla, Co. Galway were both in court on charges of the illegal use of a net, and illegal po...
#Angling - Anglers and farmers have come together to bid for fishing rights at a Galway fishery in a first for Ireland and the British Isles. As the Mayo News reports, some 24 local landowners in Leenane teamed up with the area angling club to form the Erriff and Dstrict Community Group (EDCG), which has tendered for the licence for the Erriff Fishery. The tender also covers op...
#sailing – The Irish Sailing Association (ISA) has issued a statement outlining how monies raised in its new Olympic initiative called 'The Irish Sailing Foundation' will be spent.   News of the new initiative that aims to raise €2.75m per year – nearly three times the turnover of the association – appeared in a recruitment advertisement for a new 'ISF' C...
#stenaoutofdunlaoghaire – Following the news that Stena has decided not to resume its Dun Laoghaire Harbour Seasonal Ferry Service. Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company Ltd (DLHC) is seeking expressions of Interest are now being sought by the Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company from suitable providers to operate a seasonal ferry service on the Dun Laoghaire to Holyhead route.&nb...
#RouteClosure - Stena Line has confirmed today a consolidation of its services from Holyhead to Dublin Port. This will see the closure of the neighbouring historic ferry service from the Welsh port to Dun Laoghaire Harbour.  The company stated that it will be concentrating on expanding its existing ferry service at Dublin Port while at the same time confirming amid much sp...
#ESPOjunker - The European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) in late January held an internal seminar on infrastructure financing. The seminar aimed to give ports some practical information on what to expect from European Investment Bank (EIB) lending and financial instruments. Speakers came from the European Commission, European Investment Bank and the EU's Innovation and Networks...
#RNLI - Portrush RNLI's volunteer lifeboat crew held their annual SOS Day swim on Saturday 31 January. SOS Day is the annual RNLI crew fundraising day and stations all over the country host innovative and novel ways of fundraising incorporating the SOS initials. Supporters of Portrush RNLI jumped into the sea at Portrush Harbour and swam round the all-weather lifeboat William G...
#Offshore - Last October, a Canadian solo yachtsman made the news when he was taken in by the residents of Inis Mór in the Aran Islands after a tumultuous Atlantic Ocean crossing. And now The Irish Times reports that Erkan Gursoy has received a hero's welcome upon arrival at his final destination of Turkey. The 68-year-old retired teacher had sailed his self-built boat Altan G...
#youthsailing – A young Cumbrian lad is celebrating after becoming one of the youngest ever professional yacht masters, at the tender age of 18. Former Windermere School pupil, Dominic Jackson, has passed the 'professional yacht master offshore course', delivered by the North West Sports Centre on the island of Cumbrae, in Scotland. Dominic, who is described by his family as ...
Tuesday, 03 February 2015 18:21

Preliminary Results On Stranded Killer Whale

#MarineWildlife - Preliminary results from the post-mortem on the female killer whale that stranded in Waterford last week show no obvious cause of death. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the five-metre-long female orca was discovered near Tramore last Friday (30 January) amid an unusually high number of cetacean strandings in the first month of this year. While it was sugg...
#FerryNews - A ferry operator on the Killarney Lakes who wants to operate two boats on the lower lake is seeking a judicial review after his licence was restricted to a single vessel. As The Irish Times reports, Aidan O’Callaghan told the High Court that he has historically had permission to operate two passenger ferries between Ross Castle and the Gap of Dungloe under the Me...
#slackline – In his most creative stunt yet, Mich Kemeter does a slackline above the sea – using two Volvo Ocean Race yachts!  When you're 27 meters up in the air, the wind whistling past your ears and gravity pulling heavy at your limbs, there's only one thing to do: walk the line. That's what Austrian professional slackline walker, Kemeter, did on December 28 at the ...
#portsmouthwhales – It's not often children get the chance to put their head in the mouth of a shark, but that's just one exciting adventure they can have at Portsmouth International Port's Marine Wildlife Festival in February. It won't be a real shark, of course, but one of 13 life sized inflatable models of whales, sharks and dolphins that will be on display in the terminal...
#rssailing – Lots of enthusiastic experienced RS sailors are racing the new sailors on the block up and down the country writes David Rose of the Irish RS class association. The winter is being used more and more as an opportunity to sharpen up for the exciting summer circuits on offer, and the boats keep arriving on these shores in ever greater numbers.2014 has been a f...
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