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Sea Synergy Oyster Project which received Small Conservation Grant funding in 2023
Galway Atlantaquaria is offering grants for five small-scale conservation projects related to marine and freshwater. Projects should focus on education and engagement, native species and habitats, or involving a local community or community group, with a special focus on marine…
Attending this week’s launch of the SFPA’s Landing Obligations Exemptions Guide at Castletownbere, Co Cork, from left to right: Catherine McManus, chair of the Consultative Committee; Anthony Sheehy, Consultative Committee member; Paschal Hayes, Executive Chairperson, SFPA and Lily Riddle, Fisheries Control, Food and Fisheries Support Unit, SFPA
A guide to assist fishing skippers to meet landing obligation requirements has been published by the Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA). A waterproof copy of the guide has been posted to all vessel owners with an electronic logbook onboard. One guide…
Northern Ireland Waszp dinghy sailors will compete in the Four Nations Cup this season
Now that the Six Nations Rugby is over, the Waszp class is embarking on its Four Nations Cup. For the first time in Northern Ireland, one of the fixtures will be at Ballyholme Yacht Club on Belfast Lough. The others…
RS Aero racing in Spring sunshine at the Super Series 2024 in Dun Laoghaire Harbour
The now annual RS Super Series ran over the winter of 2023/2024, with racing open to the Waszp, RS Neo and RS Aero classes. Unfortunately, the winds were never quite right for the Waszps, either too windy or not enough…
The 12.85 metre Sun Odyssey 42i on the rocks off the West Cork coast
The hazards of lost or discarded fishing gear has been highlighted in a Marine Casualty Investigation Board (MCIB) report into the loss of a yacht off Baltimore, Co Cork, last June. All five on board were rescued, after their yacht,…
Minister of State with responsibility for the Irish Coast Guard Jack Chambers
Minister of State with responsibility for the Irish Coast Guard Jack Chambers will turn the sod on a new Coast Guard station for Westport in south Mayo on Thursday (March 27). Members of the Coast Guard will join the junior…
Marine Institute Year in Review 2023
The Marine Institute has published its Year in Review 2023, a snapshot of some of the organisation’s many highlights during what it says was a busy and productive year. Published on Wednesday (27 March), the 24-page document presents key achievements…
Ireland's Men’s Pair (a qualified boat for Paris) at the Rowing World Cup 2023 in Varese, Italy in April are Nathan Timoney (Enniskillen Royal BC) and Ross Corrigan (Portora BC)
Ireland has announced the names of the athletes who will represent the country at the upcoming Rowing World Cup. The racing event is scheduled to take place from April 12 to April 14 in Varese, Italy.  Antonio Maurogiovanni, the High-Performance…
The Crosshaven Lifeboat crew members with the Dublin Bay Old Gaffers Association on the ketch Ilen off Kinsale at the weekend are (left to right) Kline Pennefeather, Sandra Farrell, Darryl Hughes, Phil Maguire & Conor Barry
There is now only one branch of the international Old Gaffers Association in all Ireland. But though it draws in its membership from every county, it continues to be known as the DBOGA, for it seems that the Dublin Bay…
Scottish shipyard CEO, David Tydeman (above) was sacked following the ongoing ferry fiasco with the considerably delayed twin newbuilds that were due to enter service from 2018 and operate on CalMac’s Firth of Clyde route to Arran. 'Ferguson Marine needs strong leadership to ensure its long-term future' - Chairman Andrew Millar
The chief executive of the Scottish government-owned shipyard Ferguson Marine, David Tydeman, who has been at the center of continuing concern over the escalating costs of an ongoing ferry fiasco, has had his contract terminated. The development comes after Mr.…
One of MGM’s current brokerage listings: A 2021 Prestige 520 lying in Dun Laoghaire
When selling your boat, MGM Boats gives you a comprehensive package and leaves no stone unturned. What you get for your fee gives you real value for money and ensures you get the best return possible. Included in your fee…
Irish sailor Tom Dolan (pictured) and his French co-skipper Paul Morvan were fourth in France's Laura Vergne Trophy
Irish sailor Tom Dolan and his French co-skipper Paul Morvan secured a commendable fourth-place finish in the Laura Vergne Trophy following a 270-mile offshore race that ended on Monday. Dolan and Morvan, who sailed Dolan’s Smurfit Kappa-Kingspan, held their own…
The ferry Ben-My-Chree, which is of a ropax design, has been the back-up vessel for the Isle of Man Steam Packet since the arrival of Manxman in August of last year.
The chairman of the Isle of Man Steam Packet has said a "clear government statement" is needed on whether the firm can sell its current backup ferry. The Steam Packet outlined plans to sell the 26-year-old ropax Ben-My-Chree in its…
President of Irish Sailing, John Twomey
Sailing is in a very healthy state the President of Irish Sailing told the organisation’s annual general meeting in the Royal Cork Yacht Club at Crosshaven in Cork Harbour. “We’re growing the membership and participation on the water in Ireland…
Kate Burns, a marine and rural resources expert and Managing Director of Islander Kelp Ltd has been appointed to the board of the Marine Institute
The Minister for Marine, Charlie McConalogue, has announced the appointment of Ms Pauline Cronin, Ms Kate Burns, and Prof. Tim McCarthy to the Board of the Marine Institute. The Minister said they have each been appointed for a period of…
A geographer has been awarded €300,000 in funding to lead the Irish stage of a European project aiming to boost the transformation towards a “climate neutral” blue economy. Dr John Morrissey, lecturer in geography at Limerick’s Mary Immaculate College, will…
File image of trawlers in Killybegs Harbour
The Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation (KFO) has called on Marine Minister Charlie McConalogue to distribute the additional mackerel quota negotiated at the December Fisheries Council as a matter of urgency. While the representative body said it was “highly appreciative” of the…
The Irish Maritime Development Office (IMDO) will be participating in the ‘Connecting Europe Days’ event (stand 49) held in Brussels between 2-5 April
The Irish Maritime Development Office (IMDO) will be at the Connecting Europe Days 2024, Europe’s mobility flagship event, held at the Square in Brussels, Belgium. Representatives from the IMDO will be at stand 49 during the two days of the…
Light conditions during Race 1 of the Viking Marine DMYC Dinghy Frostbites, the penultimate race of the 2023/24 Series at Dun Laoghaire Harbour
The last Sunday of the DMYC Viking Marine sponsored Frostbites at Dun Laoghaire Harbour on Dublin Bay arrived with a forecast of contrasting conditions, blustery winds for the morning, followed by winds of between 5 and 7 knots during the…
File image of Achill Island RNLI’s Trent class all-weather lifeboat
Achill Island RNLI carried out a medical evacuation off Clare Island on Monday night (25 March). The volunteer crew were requested to launch the station’s all-weather lifeboat just before 9pm following a request from the Irish Coast Guard to medevac…

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