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Stephane Griesbach of Gannet Fishmongers
A major west coast retail fish supplier has pledged to sell only Irish-caught fish and shellfish during the current Covid-19 restrictions to support the Irish inshore fleet. Parisian-born Stefan Griesbach of Gannet Fishmongers in Galway says that he is “out…
Minister & Fish Industry Organisations Condemn Protests Over French & Spanish Landings in South-West, Amid Concerns about Lack of Communication
Seven Irish fishing organisations have condemned what they described as “blockades” in two south-west harbours, and said that such protests were “alarmist” and “unnecessary” writes Lorna Siggins  The seven groups, including the Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation, the Irish Fish Producer’s Organisation, and Irish…
EU Increases Aid Rules to Respond to Dramatic Slump in Seafood Sector Due to Covid-19
The European Commission says it is revising EU state aid rules to provide temporary relief for fishing fleets and fish farmers who have been hard hit by the economic consequences of Covid-19 writes Lorna Siggins A “dramatic downturn” in the demand…
Marine Minister Michael Creed
Marine Minister Michael Creed spoke with representatives of the fishing sector yesterday (Friday 20 March) to discuss next steps amid the challenged of the Covid-19 outbreak. As reported on Afloat.ie by Lorna Siggins yesterday, fears have been growing that Ireland’s…
Killybegs fishing port
Public demand for canned rather than fresh fish during the Covid-19 crisis and restrictions on Irish seafood exports are contributing to a looming storm in the fishing sector, an Irish industry leader has warned writes Lorna Siggins Fishing representatives are due…
The normally thriving fishery harbour at Castletownbere is now quiet as the European market for fish has effectively disappeared
Fishermen based on the South and West Coasts have been advised to pause fishing from this weekend until measures are put in place to protect the industry, after its main market collapsed due to European lockdowns against Covid-19. RTÉ News…
European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier (right) and former EU Commission President Jean Claude Juncker.
EU ministers have signed off on Brussels' red lines in advance of the forthcoming post-Brexit trade talks with the UK. The proposals, reports The Irish News, put into writing warnings by Michel Barnier, the European Union's chief negotiator, that Britain…
The survey is being carried out from the RV Celtic Explorer
The first and second leg of 2020’s Irish Anglerfish and Megrim Survey will be carried out from next weekend off the West, South West and South Coasts of Ireland by the Marine Institute, in fulfilment of Ireland’s Common Fisheries Policy…
 Oystercatchers - From left to right Teresa Morrissey, IFA Aquaculture, BIM’s chief executive, Jim O’Toole and Patricia Daly, BIM
Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), Ireland’s Seafood Development Agency, in association with IFA Aquaculture, is hosting a two-day seminar today (Thursday 13th February 2020) for members of Ireland’s vibrant oyster farming sector, valued at €43million according to the latest (2018) Business…
The fishing vessel Polaris, which suffered hull failure off the west coast of the Isle of Man last November
RNLI fishing safety manager Frankie Horne has urged the fishing community to avail of safety training that is on offer for their crews and to ensure that their safety equipment is up to date. It comes after the skipper of…
Albatrosses, like this wandering albatross seen off Tasmania, range over huge areas of ocean and regularly circle the globe
A team of scientists in France are ‘recruiting’ albatrosses to monitor fishing fleets in the ocean for illegal activity. Smithsonian Magazine reports on the findings of a new study detailing efforts to tag the “sentinels of the sea” with tiny…
UK Fishing Industry Fears Being Sold Out In Brexit Trade Talks
The UK’s fishing industry fears the British Government will “sell them down the river” in upcoming Brexit trade negotiations, as Sky News reports. ‘Taking back control’ of Britain’s waters for the domestic fishing fleet was one of the linchpin issues…
Great Blasket Island is home to thousands of seals in a Special Area of Conservation
The Irish Seal Sanctuary has said a seal cull is not the answer to the woes of Dingle Peninsula fishermen, who claim a booming population of the protected marine wildlife is putting their livelihood at risk. Sanctuary co-founder Brendan Price…
File image of the Dunmore East all-weather lifeboat, which was involved in the search for the missing fisherman
A body has been found in the search for a fisherman missing after a fishing vessel sank off Hook Head earlier this month, as The Irish Times reports. One man died when the trawler Alize went down off the Wexford…
Fish Oil Supplements Boost Sperm Counts Among Young Men, Danish Research Finds
Young men who take fish oil supplements have a better sperm count, according to new research published by Danish scientists writes Lorna Siggins. The study of some 1679 young men in Denmark found fish oil supplements improve semen volume and total…
Amendments To Fisheries Bill Over New ‘Points System’ For CFP Infringements Sent For Pre-Legislative Scrutiny
The Government have authorised the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine to arrange for the referral of the General Scheme of the Sea-Fisheries (Amendment) Bill 2020 to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine for pre-legislative…

 

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