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Scientists recommend a further 61% cut in EU quotas for mackerel
#Fishing - Marine Minister Michael Creed held a key bilateral meetings on the margins of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council in Luxembourg this week with his Danish and Spanish counterparts to discuss Brexit and fisheries priorities. Minister Creed met the…
Castletownbere RNLI's all-weather lifeboat Annette Hutton
#Lifeboats - Castletownbere’s all-weather lifeboat launched last night (Wednesday 10 October) to a Mayday from six fisherman whose boat lost power and was drifting rapidly towards the shore. Pagers sounded for the volunteer RNLI crew at 7.30pm following the alert…
The High Court is expected to hear a judicial review of An Bord Pleanála’s decision
#FishFarm - Permission granted for a salmon farm to extract water from a Connemara lake is facing a judicial review, as the Connacht Tribune reports. An Bord Pleanála recently greenlit plans by Bradán Beo Teo, the region’s biggest producing salmon…
Holyhead’s all-weather lifeboat Christopher Pearce returning to shore with the stricken Irish vessel
#Lifeboats - Holyhead’s all-weather lifeboat launched yesterday morning (Saturday 29 September) to the rescue of an Irish fishing boat adrift in the Irish Sea with mechanical failure. Pagers sounded for the Holyhead RNLI crew just after 8am following a distress…
The RNLI try to free a yacht entangled in pots in the UK
Hello and welcome to the weekly MacSweeney Podcast … There is no national listing that I can find of the number of incidents in which leisure craft have become entangled in fishing gear in Irish waters. When it happens, this…
During operation “Stone and Pots”, a team of six expert technical divers joined by cameramen and biologists, recovered 57 lost lobster pots
From September 3-6, the Ghost Fishing Foundation, supported by Gesellschaft zur Rettung der Delphine (GRD) and Scubadive West, carried out a first of its kind ghost fishing gear removal operation (Operation “Stone & Pots”) off the West Coast of Ireland.…
Kinsale Pier was cordoned off while this device was made safe
An army bomb disposal team made this World War Two device (pictured above) safe after it was trawled up by a fishing boat near the Daunt Rock off Cork Harbour. It was landed onto Kinsale Pier which was cordoned off…
Downing Street Moves To Defuse Tensions Over English Channel ‘Scallop Wars’
#Fishing - Authorities in France and the UK have stepped into the ‘scallop wars’ that broke out between rival fishing fleets in the English Channel near Le Havre last week. As the Guardian reports, some 35 French boats chased away…
LÉ William Butler Yeats at Haulbowline in 2016
The Irish Times reports that the Naval Service has detained a Spanish fishing vessel that had more than 5,000 shark fins. Last week, the Virxen da Blanca, one of a fleet longline fishing for shark of the South West, was…
Dutch Divers Are Galway Bound To Remove ‘Ghost’ Lobster Pots From Sea Bed
#StoneAndPots - Dutch divers are bringing their campaign against ‘ghost fishing’ to Galway Bay next month, as the Irish Examiner reports. Previously covered on Afloat.ie earlier this year, the Ghost Fishing Foundation co-ordinates cleanups of lost or abandoned fishing gear…
A photomontage of the finished development at Castletownbere
The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed T.D., attended the signing of a contract for a €23.5 million, 216m long quay development project and associated works on Dinish Island, Castletownbere in County Cork. Welcoming the signing of…
More Than €1.5 Million In Grants For 20 Seafood Companies
#Seafood - Marine Minister Michael Creed has announced more than €1.5 million in grants to 20 seafood enterprises in 10 different counties around Ireland. The grant awards — under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) Operational Programme for the…
The Sligo-based Irish Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 118 was involved in yesterday’s operation off Malin Head
#Donegal - A man in his 60s and a teenage boy have died after the fishing boat they were on capsized off Malin Head in Donegal yesterday afternoon (Tuesday 17 July). As Independent.ie reports, it’s believed the vessel got into…
Grants For More Than 100 Additional Fisheries Local Action Group Projects
#Fishing - Marine Minister Michael Creed has announced details of grants worth €1.5 million under Ireland’s European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) to more than 100 coastal-based projects. The grants support a total investment of €2.4 million in these additional…
 Irish Naval Service plans to use drones to crack down on drug smuggling. Above Afloat adds the LE James Joyce recently arrived into the Mediterranean to take over Operation Sophia duties from LE Samual Beckett.
#NavalService - Use of drones by the Irish Naval Service is set to be stepped up in a bid to clamp down on illegal fishing and pollution offenses at sea. Remotely operated pilot air systems writes the Irish Central have…
Seafood plant in Connemara could face closure because of fishing quotas: above mackeral
#Fishing - The management of Iasc Mara Teoranta seafood plant in Ros a Mhíl, Connemara say that unless they can find a new owner, the plant will close. As the Galway Daily reports Iasc Mara Teoranta has been processing herring and…

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