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Marine Minister Barry Cowen pictured in the Dáil
Negotiations with the UK over future fisheries arrangements were the focus of the first meeting between Ireland’s new Marine Minister, Barry Cowen, and the EU Fisheries Commissioner this past week. Meeting virtually with Virginius Sinkevičius on Thursday (9 July) from…
Fish Health Controls in Ireland Show High Level of Compliance
The Marine Institute says that its fish health inspection and monitoring activities in 2018 and 2019 indicate that there is a high level of compliance with EU and national legislation, and as a result, Ireland continues to maintain its high…
LÉ William Butler Yeats (P63) on patrol
Irish Navy ship LÉ William Butler Yeats (P63) detained a French registered fishing vessel approximately 25 miles west off the Great Blasket Island this afternoon. The detention was in relation to alleged breaches of fishing regulations. LÉ William Butler Yeats…
Shellfish Pickers Warned Over Toxicity Levels
The public has been warned against against recreational gathering of shellfish such as mussels, clams, cockles or oysters over increased levels of illness-causing toxins. Routine shellfish monitoring by the Marine Institute along South West and West coasts detected increased levels…
Local produce from Mulroy Bay Mussels. The County Donegal firm were awarded €75,900 in the Sustainable Aquaculture Scheme to invest in new handling equipment
The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Barry Cowen T.D. today announced €3.4 million in new investment by 15 aquaculture enterprises, with his Department’s European Maritime and Fisheries Fund Programme providing grants of €1,282,277. Minister Cowen said, “I am…
Portaferry and Newcastle RNLI working with Rescue 116 to rescue the crew of the grounded fishing boat in October 2019
The need for formal navigation planning has been highlighted in a Marine Casualty Investigation Board (MCIB) report on the sinking of a West Cork fishing vessel in Ardglass harbour, Co Down last year. The report on the sinking of the…
Gangway on MFV Olgarry to shore in Killybegs, which was the subject of a recent MCIB investigation
The latest Marine Notice from the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport reminds fishing crews of the dangers associated with boarding and transiting across vessels, especially under the influence of alcohol. The move is in response to recent reports from…
The hull of the FV Aisling Patrick, which capsized off Mayo in the spring of 2018, washed ashore in western Scotland weeks later
The Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport has issued an amendment related to stability requirements in the Code of Practice for Small Fishing Vessels of less than 15m length overall. The Code of Practice is currently under review, and a…
Carr & Sons in Wexford
Marine Minister Michael Creed has welcomed €3.5 million in new investment by six seafood processing companies. Announcing the funding yesterday, Thursday 11 June, Minister Creed said: “In these very challenging times for business generally and notably our seafood sector, I…
The IMTA Impaqt pilot site at Lehanagh Pool, in Connemara
Seafood is a popular and healthy food product in Ireland with the average Irish person consuming about 22kg of fish per year. People recognise the health benefits with fish being low-fat and a good source of omega-3 fats, which are…
Lough Foyle Oyster Fishery Licence Applications Now Open
The Loughs Agency is now inviting interested parties to apply for a licence to fish the 2020/2021 native oyster fishery in Lough Foyle. Applicants will be required to submit a completed application form by post only (standard delivery, not recorded…
EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier
Fisheries Minister Michael Creed has welcomed a briefing on the EU’s fisheries negotiations with the UK from Brussels’ chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier. Minister Creed attended the meeting yesterday (Tuesday 26 May) with Barnier and Fisheries Commissioner Virginius Sinkevicius which…
Marine Minister Michael Creed
Marine Minister Michael Creed has defended a new temporary tie-up scheme for fishing vessels which has been condemned by the industry as “designed to fail”. Four Irish fish producers have said the EU-funded scheme to compensate whitefish vessels which tie…
Kinsale Harbour is one of 58 harbours and slipways that will benefit from the new package for local authority works
Marine Michael Creed has today (Tuesday 19 May) announced details of a €3.1m package to assist 10 coastal local authorities in 58 development and repair projects on harbours and slipways owned by them. The package provides funding for maintenance and…
Castletownbere fishery harbour in West Cork
Marine Minister Michael Creed has called on the European Commission to strengthen its support for the fisheries sector in the fight against Covid-19. Speaking at a video conference of EU Agriculture and Fisheries Ministers earlier today (Wednesday 13 May), Minister…
The Skipper Full Programme will be conducted as a nine-week online course, followed by three weeks in situ in Castletownbere once the college can open
The Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) National Fisheries College of Ireland in Castletownbere, Co. Cork is piloting the Skipper Full Certificate of Competency as an online course, commenced this week (6th May 2020). The Skipper Full Programme will be conducted as…

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