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The survey will be conducted from the RV Celtic Voyager from 1-10 December
The Marine Institute’s Fisheries Ecosystems Advisory Services (FEAS) department will undertake a survey of herring off the West and North West Coasts from 1-10 December. This survey is the fourth in a time series that is hoped will be developed…
Government Approves Agriculture, Forest & Seafood Climate Change Sectoral Adaptation Plan
Marine Minister Michael Creed, yesterday (Thursday 31 October) welcomed Government approval for the Agriculture, Forest and Seafood Climate Change Sectoral Adaptation Plan to prepare for the impacts of climate disruption. “I am very pleased the Agriculture, Forest and Seafood Climate…
A fishing vessel in Howth Harbour
In response to Marine Casualty Investigation Board (MCIB) recommendations, the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (DTTAS) has issued a Marine Notice to remind masters, owners, users, charterers, skippers and crew of fishing vessels of previous safety advice and requirements.…
Emily O'Reilly
European Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly has recommended that the EU fisheries council should “proactively” release documents on annual fishing quota negotiations into the public domain writes Lorna Siggins Ms O’Reilly has ruled that the documents should be made public at the same…
Blue whiting for sale in Spain
Marine Minister Michael Creed last week welcomed agreement reached between the European Union, Norway, the Faroe Islands and Iceland regarding the blue whiting fishery for 2020. “This agreement provides welcome stability in this important fishery for Irish fishermen,” he said…
West Cork trawlerman Adrian Bendon, Marine Minister Michael Creed and Jim O’Toole, chief executive of Bord Iascaigh Mhara launching the Clean Oceans Initiative in Union Hall earlier this year
Marine Minister Michael Creed has welcomed the increase in trawlers and other fishing boats now signed up to Ireland’s Clean Oceans Initiative. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the initiative involves fishermen storing and returning to land marine plastics that come…
A potato grouper in the Coral Sea off Australia being cleaned by two bluestreak wrasses
Campaigners against salmon farms have raised concerns over the state of Irish wrasse stocks after it was confirmed the fish have been taken en masse to help clean lice from farmed salmon. As Donegal News reports, a number of salmon…
Portaferry and Newcastle RNLI working with Rescue 116 to rescue the crew of the grounded fishing boat
Five crew were rescued from a fishing vessel that ran aground on rocks on approach to Ardglass Harbour early yesterday morning (Wednesday 23 October). Portaferry and Newcastle RNLI’s volunteer lifeboat crews launched to assist after a Mayday call from the…
Smart Net Management focus of BIM and ISWFPO workshop in Castletownbere
Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), Ireland’s seafood development agency, and the Irish South and West Fishermen’s Producers Organisation (ISWFPO) co-hosted a net management workshop in Castletownbere, West Cork this month. The aim of the day-long event, attended by a cross -section…
Demersal trawls will be carried out from the RV Celtic Explorer from 31 October to 14 December
The annual Irish Groundfish Survey (IGFS 2019) will take place off the North, West and South Coasts for six weeks from 31 October. Carried out by the Marine Institute, the IGFS is a demersal trawl survey consisting of around 170…
Mackerel is Ireland’s single most valuable fishery
Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed TD today confirmed the outcome of the international fisheries negotiations which concluded in London between the European Union, Norway, and the Faroe Islands on the management of mackerel in the North…
EU Commissioner Phil Hogan with Marine Minister Michael Creed
Speaking at the Agrifish Council in Luxembourg yesterday (Monday 14 October), Marine Minister Michael Creed welcomed the solidarity shown by EU member states and institutions regarding Brexit. Highlighting the need for a swift response to help fishermen and farmers in…
The Johnston and Mooney families at the ceremonial launch of the MFV Amethyst in Killybegs.
As the Donegal Democrat writes, when they do things in Killybegs, they like to make a big splash about it and that's certainly true when it came to the recent ceremonial launch of the largest vessel in the fishing port since 1980.…
The Celtic Sea herring fishery lost its MSC sustainability certification early in 2018.
A State sea fisheries officer made a protected disclosure over its levels of regulation to the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine and members of an Oireachtas committee last year. The whistleblower, an officer with the Sea Fisheries Protection…
Master fishmonger Hal Dawson with Laura Desmond, Manager Reids Fish Market Howth.
Ireland’s first accredited fishmonger qualification has been launched today in the fishing port of Howth, Co Dublin. Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), Ireland’s seafood development agency, has developed the Certificate in Fishmonger Skills accredited by nationally and internationally recognised Quality and…
GMIT-Led Research Team Launches World’s First Shellfish Traceability Tool
Studies carried out by a research team led by Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) have resulted in the development of the world's first scientific-based shellfish traceability tool. This unique tool used ‘trace elemental fingerprinting’ of shellfish soft tissues and shells…

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