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Extreme adventurer Mike Horn has shared his enthusiasm at opening this year’s Paris Boat Show next weekend.

As previously noted on Afloat.ie, nearly 170,000 visitors are expected to meet the 650 exhibitors spread over two halls at Porte de Versailles for this year’s Salon Nautique International de Paris, which runs from Saturday 3 to Saturday 10 December.

Speaking ahead of the expo, South African-born, Swiss-based explorer says: “After 25 years exploring all corners of the globe during my various adventures, I still prefer navigating the planet’s oceans as my means of transport.

“Sailing has taken me to places I had only dreamed about and awakened a sensitivity for the environments I have ventured into. These two passions have led to the birth of INOCEL.”

This state-of-the-art high power, high performance hydrogen fuel cell is aimed at accelerating the transition to greener propulsion and Horn sits on its board of directors. He says it represents “a new technological solution to continue my adventures and those of others in a more responsible and respectful way towards our planet”.

Horn adds: “We cannot stop what we are doing, but we can change the way in which we do it. I am therefore delighted to be the patron of this year's Paris Boat Show. A place where we can get together and create our dreams of tomorrow.”

Organisers of Nautic 2022 have also shared more details on what to expect across the event’s massive exhibition space.

Hall 1 will feature 700 craft, from sailing boats and motor boats to dinghies, windsurfers and engine manufacturers. It also includes the maritime and river rental area, regions and destinations (Occitanie, Corsica, Brittany, Normandy, Nouvelle Aquitaine, Spain, the Canaries, Tunisia, and more), and banking, insurance and services sectors, including boating licences.

The main hall will also be the host of numerous world premieres, not limited to RM Yachts’ flagship RM 1390, and Rosewest’s Cape Cod 767 Lounge.

Next door at Hall 2.2 will group all the equipment, from the most traditional to the latest innovations: fittings, electronics, fishing, energy, sails, paints and varnishes, decoration and the craft industry. The Galerie Marchande is also located in this hall where clothing and accessories are on offer at attractive prices.

Once again this year, in conjunction with the Swimming Pool and Spa Professionals Federation, a space dedicated to swimming pools, saunas, spas and shelters will round out the range of nautical products and services.

A key date for the Nautic 2022 itinerary is Wednesday 7 December which will see the awards for Motor Boat of the Year and Yacht of the Year on the Nautic stage at 4.30pm CET, in partnership with Editions Larivière.

And that’s not to mention the show-closing presentation prizes for the winners of the 2022 Route du Rhum - Destination Guadeloupe.

For much more see the official Paris Boat Show website.

Published in Marine Trade

The 2022 Paris Boat Show will take place from 3-10 December with extreme adventurer Mike Horn opening the doors on the first day of the major trade show.

Nearly 170,000 visitors are expected to meet the 650 exhibitors spread over two halls at Porte de Versailles for this year’s Salon Nautique International de Paris.

In addition, organisers are touting several new features for the 61st Nautic promising great experiences for all lovers of boating and yachting.

The show will have a more concentrated format over nine days, with a preview evening reserved exclusively for exhibitors and their guests and a closing night on Saturday 10 December for a festive nautical night open to all.

Visitors will also be invited to meet the future winners of the Innovation Competition hosted in conjunction with the French Federation of Nautical Industries (FIN).

Some 15 finalists out of more than 60 project entries will be exhibited in this space set aside specifically for this purpose. The grand final will take place on the Nautical Stage on Saturday 10 December in front of a jury made up of personalities and experts including France’s director general of maritime affairs, a skipper from the maxi multihull MACIF and the managing director of VivaTech.

One new feature presented at Nautic will be a virtual reality space to live through an experience without getting wet! “We are experimenting with a new approach, as we are convinced that virtual reality, without of course replacing the pleasure of the activity in real life, can bring us new developments in the very near future,” FIN says.

Preservation of the marine environment will also be clearly reflected through an immersion dive within the exhibition on the Ocean & Climate Platform covering nearly 500 square metres in Hall 1. The visitor will be treated to a dazzling visual auditory experience thanks to a 40-metre graphic fresco and a dome projecting a film at 360 degrees.

In other highlights, the 12th Nautic Paddle on Sunday 4 December will see 1,000 participants for the largest paddle race in the world, setting off at dawn. And the final day will also see the presentation prizes for the winners of the 2022 Route du Rhum - Destination Guadeloupe which sets off on Sunday 6 November.

Tickets for the 2022 Paris Boat Show are priced at €14 with special concessions for members of the French sailing, rowing, water skiing and wakeboarding Federations, anyone who has obtained a boating licence since November 2021 and students and under-16s. In addition, the first 1,000 single-day tickets sold will be available for the special price of €9.

For more details see the official Paris Boat Show website.

Published in Marine Trade

One of the big winners at the recent Paris Boat Show is a drive-in hull cleaner, as Marine Industry News reports.

G&G Boatwash was awarded the jury prize and €1,000 in the innovation category for its appropriately named Drive-in Boatwash, which promises to scrub fouling from boats in just 15 minutes — negating the need for antifouling paint.

Already the technology is operating at more than 15 marinas in the manufacturer’s home base of Sweden as well as in Norway, Finland, Canada, the US — and Les Sables-d’Olonne in France, where boats of up to 53ft in length can be accomodated.

Marine Industry News has more on the story HERE.

Published in Marine Trade

Classic yacht owners in France have been encouraged to join Volvo Cork Week 2022 with the introduction of a dedicated class at next summer’s regatta.

Royal Cork Yacht Club Admiral Colin Morehead made the announcement at the 2021 Paris Boat Show last week along with President Pascal Stefani, Yves Lambert and Yves Gaignet of the Atlantic Yacht Club.

The two clubs have entered into a collaboration — Goto Cork 2022 — aimed at attracting classic yacht owners in France to participate in Cork Week when it returns in July 2022 after a pandemic-enforced absence in 2020.

COVID restrictions also delayed celebration of the Royal Cork’s reciprocal agreement signed with the Yacht Club de France in March 2020.

While in Paris, Admiral Morehead took the opportunity to exchange burgees with Yacht Club de France President Philippe Heral at its clubhouse in the city.

Earlier today, Afloat.ie noted the inclusion of a Cape 31 fleet in next summer’s regatta comprising boats from both the UK and a burgeoning Irish fleet.

Published in Cork Week

This year’s Paris Boat Show has been cancelled in the wake of new coronavirus restrictions in France which would have limited the event to just 1,000 visitors.

The Salon Nautique International de Paris, which is scheduled for December each year, usually hosts more than 200,000 people and over 800 exhibitors — among the regulars being Irish dealers MGM Boats and BJ Marine — at the Porte de Versailles.

Plans has been in place to adapt the 2020 edition to abide by previous rules which limited such exhibitions to 5,000 people and mandated social distancing protocols.

Similar measures were put in place at Europe’s first post-COVID indoor boat show, INTERBOOT at Friedrichshafen in Germany this week, where visitor and exhibitor numbers were reportedly down.

However, with the latestrestrictions those plans are no longer possible, according to organisers the Fédération des Industries Nautiques (FIN).

“The new measures hasten our decision and leave us no choice,” said FIN president Yves Lyon-Caen. “The consequences will be serious, especially for all SMEs for which trade shows are key moments for their turnover.

“The autumn and winter shows are real places of business where 70% of annual orders are processed. They are essential landmarks in our economic ecosystem.

“We will do everything in our power to continue to provide the best possible assistance to all companies in the French nautical sector to get through this new ordeal and to prepare for the future for 2021.”

The FIN says it will soon announce a digital replacement for this year’s Paris Boat Show under the heading ‘tourism, territories nautical destinations and innovation’.

Meanwhile, a free online boat show hosted by Bateaux.com is set to open from Thursday 8 October at boatshow.fr

Published in Marine Trade

Details for next year's course of the La Solitaire du Figaro race were revealed at the Paris Boat Show yesterday. The race will comprise four French towns and Dun Laoghaire will be the only foreign port of call when the boats are expected to arrive on 10 August.

In spite of Dublin airport weather delays a National YC contingent headed by Commodore Peter Ryan made it to Paris in time for the announcement.

The single-handed sailors will face a 1,695 nautical mile race in a traditional format with four legs with a decidedly northern course, set between the 46th and 53rd parallels. The Breton town of Perros-Guirec will be host to the festivities on 23 July and up to the first race leg to Caen, some 320 nautical miles, on 31 July. The course will not follow a direct route as the competitors will follow the British coastline before sailing down into the Bay of Seine.

Following several days for rest, the fleet shall once again set sail on 7 August for the second leg, of 470 nautical miles, that will take the Figaro Bénéteau 2 towards Dún Laoghaire. After leaving the Bay of Seine, a 40-mile or so run, the first obstacle will be the passage of the Barfleur point. The course remains inshore, as the single-handed sailors will sail along the Cotentin to the cape of the Hague, before heading towards the Channel Islands.

It will be compulsory to leave the islands of Aurigny, Herm and Guernsey to starboard. The skippers will then take on a long crossing of the English Channel, 120 nautical miles to Land's End. The last third of the course is a sail up almost full north over 190 nautical miles to reach Dún Laoghaire.

The Dublin Bay harbour is set to be a discovery for the visiting sailors and where the National Yacht Club are to be the host venue. After a few days rest and recuperation, the fleet then will set sail on 14 August to The Vendée and Les Sables d'Olonne. This third leg is long at 475 nautical miles with boats expected on 17 August.

Four days later and the final leg departs on 21 August with the boats setting a course for Dieppe, to arrive on 24 August. On the following day the Normandy port will also be hosting a closing regatta. For more information www.lasolitaire.com

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Published in Figaro

Irish Fishing industry 

The Irish Commercial Fishing Industry employs around 11,000 people in fishing, processing and ancillary services such as sales and marketing. The industry is worth about €1.22 billion annually to the Irish economy. Irish fisheries products are exported all over the world as far as Africa, Japan and China.

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Over 16,000 people are employed directly or indirectly around the coast, working on over 2,000 registered fishing vessels, in over 160 seafood processing businesses and in 278 aquaculture production units, according to the State's sea fisheries development body Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM).

All activities that are concerned with growing, catching, processing or transporting fish are part of the commercial fishing industry, the development of which is overseen by BIM. Recreational fishing, as in angling at sea or inland, is the responsibility of Inland Fisheries Ireland.

The Irish fishing industry is valued at 1.22 billion euro in gross domestic product (GDP), according to 2019 figures issued by BIM. Only 179 of Ireland's 2,000 vessels are over 18 metres in length. Where does Irish commercially caught fish come from? Irish fish and shellfish is caught or cultivated within the 200-mile exclusive economic zone (EEZ), but Irish fishing grounds are part of the common EU "blue" pond. Commercial fishing is regulated under the terms of the EU Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), initiated in 1983 and with ten-yearly reviews.

The total value of seafood landed into Irish ports was 424 million euro in 2019, according to BIM. High value landings identified in 2019 were haddock, hake, monkfish and megrim. Irish vessels also land into foreign ports, while non-Irish vessels land into Irish ports, principally Castletownbere, Co Cork, and Killybegs, Co Donegal.

There are a number of different methods for catching fish, with technological advances meaning skippers have detailed real time information at their disposal. Fisheries are classified as inshore, midwater, pelagic or deep water. Inshore targets species close to shore and in depths of up to 200 metres, and may include trawling and gillnetting and long-lining. Trawling is regarded as "active", while "passive" or less environmentally harmful fishing methods include use of gill nets, long lines, traps and pots. Pelagic fisheries focus on species which swim close to the surface and up to depths of 200 metres, including migratory mackerel, and tuna, and methods for catching include pair trawling, purse seining, trolling and longlining. Midwater fisheries target species at depths of around 200 metres, using trawling, longlining and jigging. Deepwater fisheries mainly use trawling for species which are found at depths of over 600 metres.

There are several segments for different catching methods in the registered Irish fleet – the largest segment being polyvalent or multi-purpose vessels using several types of gear which may be active and passive. The polyvalent segment ranges from small inshore vessels engaged in netting and potting to medium and larger vessels targeting whitefish, pelagic (herring, mackerel, horse mackerel and blue whiting) species and bivalve molluscs. The refrigerated seawater (RSW) pelagic segment is engaged mainly in fishing for herring, mackerel, horse mackerel and blue whiting only. The beam trawling segment focuses on flatfish such as sole and plaice. The aquaculture segment is exclusively for managing, developing and servicing fish farming areas and can collect spat from wild mussel stocks.

The top 20 species landed by value in 2019 were mackerel (78 million euro); Dublin Bay prawn (59 million euro); horse mackerel (17 million euro); monkfish (17 million euro); brown crab (16 million euro); hake (11 million euro); blue whiting (10 million euro); megrim (10 million euro); haddock (9 million euro); tuna (7 million euro); scallop (6 million euro); whelk (5 million euro); whiting (4 million euro); sprat (3 million euro); herring (3 million euro); lobster (2 million euro); turbot (2 million euro); cod (2 million euro); boarfish (2 million euro).

Ireland has approximately 220 million acres of marine territory, rich in marine biodiversity. A marine biodiversity scheme under Ireland's operational programme, which is co-funded by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund and the Government, aims to reduce the impact of fisheries and aquaculture on the marine environment, including avoidance and reduction of unwanted catch.

EU fisheries ministers hold an annual pre-Christmas council in Brussels to decide on total allowable catches and quotas for the following year. This is based on advice from scientific bodies such as the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea. In Ireland's case, the State's Marine Institute publishes an annual "stock book" which provides the most up to date stock status and scientific advice on over 60 fish stocks exploited by the Irish fleet. Total allowable catches are supplemented by various technical measures to control effort, such as the size of net mesh for various species.

The west Cork harbour of Castletownbere is Ireland's biggest whitefish port. Killybegs, Co Donegal is the most important port for pelagic (herring, mackerel, blue whiting) landings. Fish are also landed into Dingle, Co Kerry, Rossaveal, Co Galway, Howth, Co Dublin and Dunmore East, Co Waterford, Union Hall, Co Cork, Greencastle, Co Donegal, and Clogherhead, Co Louth. The busiest Northern Irish ports are Portavogie, Ardglass and Kilkeel, Co Down.

Yes, EU quotas are allocated to other fleets within the Irish EEZ, and Ireland has long been a transhipment point for fish caught by the Spanish whitefish fleet in particular. Dingle, Co Kerry has seen an increase in foreign landings, as has Castletownbere. The west Cork port recorded foreign landings of 36 million euro or 48 per cent in 2019, and has long been nicknamed the "peseta" port, due to the presence of Spanish-owned transhipment plant, Eiranova, on Dinish island.

Most fish and shellfish caught or cultivated in Irish waters is for the export market, and this was hit hard from the early stages of this year's Covid-19 pandemic. The EU, Asia and Britain are the main export markets, while the middle Eastern market is also developing and the African market has seen a fall in value and volume, according to figures for 2019 issued by BIM.

Fish was once a penitential food, eaten for religious reasons every Friday. BIM has worked hard over several decades to develop its appeal. Ireland is not like Spain – our land is too good to transform us into a nation of fish eaters, but the obvious health benefits are seeing a growth in demand. Seafood retail sales rose by one per cent in 2019 to 300 million euro. Salmon and cod remain the most popular species, while BIM reports an increase in sales of haddock, trout and the pangasius or freshwater catfish which is cultivated primarily in Vietnam and Cambodia and imported by supermarkets here.

The EU's Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), initiated in 1983, pooled marine resources – with Ireland having some of the richest grounds and one of the largest sea areas at the time, but only receiving four per cent of allocated catch by a quota system. A system known as the "Hague Preferences" did recognise the need to safeguard the particular needs of regions where local populations are especially dependent on fisheries and related activities. The State's Sea Fisheries Protection Authority, based in Clonakilty, Co Cork, works with the Naval Service on administering the EU CFP. The Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine and Department of Transport regulate licensing and training requirements, while the Marine Survey Office is responsible for the implementation of all national and international legislation in relation to safety of shipping and the prevention of pollution.

Yes, a range of certificates of competency are required for skippers and crew. Training is the remit of BIM, which runs two national fisheries colleges at Greencastle, Co Donegal and Castletownbere, Co Cork. There have been calls for the colleges to be incorporated into the third-level structure of education, with qualifications recognised as such.

Safety is always an issue, in spite of technological improvements, as fishing is a hazardous occupation and climate change is having its impact on the severity of storms at sea. Fishing skippers and crews are required to hold a number of certificates of competency, including safety and navigation, and wearing of personal flotation devices is a legal requirement. Accidents come under the remit of the Marine Casualty Investigation Board, and the Health and Safety Authority. The MCIB does not find fault or blame, but will make recommendations to the Minister for Transport to avoid a recurrence of incidents.

Fish are part of a marine ecosystem and an integral part of the marine food web. Changing climate is having a negative impact on the health of the oceans, and there have been more frequent reports of warmer water species being caught further and further north in Irish waters.

Brexit, Covid 19, EU policies and safety – Britain is a key market for Irish seafood, and 38 per cent of the Irish catch is taken from the waters around its coast. Ireland's top two species – mackerel and prawns - are 60 per cent and 40 per cent, respectively, dependent on British waters. Also, there are serious fears within the Irish industry about the impact of EU vessels, should they be expelled from British waters, opting to focus even more efforts on Ireland's rich marine resource. Covid-19 has forced closure of international seafood markets, with high value fish sold to restaurants taking a large hit. A temporary tie-up support scheme for whitefish vessels introduced for the summer of 2020 was condemned by industry organisations as "designed to fail".

Sources: Bord Iascaigh Mhara, Marine Institute, Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine, Department of Transport © Afloat 2020