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Sea trout with Sea Lice
The Board of Inland Fisheries Ireland has welcomed new research by scientists from Inland Fisheries Ireland and Argyll Fisheries Trust (Scotland) which found that sea trout carry significantly higher levels of sea lice infestation closer to marine salmon farms. Researchers…
Marine Minister Appoints Independent Aquaculture Licensing Review Group
#Aquaculture - Marine Minister Michael Creed has announced the appointment of an independent Aquaculture Licensing Review Group The group has been established to review the process of licensing for aquaculture and its associated legal framework in keeping with actions identified…
Ireland has a 14% increase in a €86m Mackerel quota
The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed T.D., today secured 233,500 tonnes of quotas worth €280 million for Irish fishermen for 2017. This represents an increase of 17,390 tonnes over 2016. The Minister secured the deal in…
Creed Talks Concerns Over Quota Cuts Before Annual EU Fisheries Negotiations
#Fishing - Marine Minister Michael Creed expressed his concern at the potential impact on Irelands’ whitefish fleet, ahead of the annual EU fisheries negotiations in Brussels, scheduled to conclude today (Tuesday 13 December). “If the commission’s quota proposals remain unchanged,…
A stranded common dolphin caught in a fishing net
#Supertrawler - An MEP for Ireland South is calling on the European Commission to investigate an alleged connection between ‘supertrawler’ activity and a spike in dolphin standings earlier this year. As the West Cork Times reports, Fine Gael’s Deirdre Clune…
Sprats are the target fish for the seasonal pair trawling fishery in Irish waters
#Fishing - Pair trawling was a matter of debate on RTÉ Radio 1’s Countrywide this past Saturday (3 December). The segment follows a call by the Irish Wildlife Trust to ban the practice of pair trawling — or trawling a…
The FV Margiris is one of the largest fishing vessels on the seas
#Supertrawler - Naval Service personnel from the LÉ James Joyce have boarded a controversial fishing ‘supertrawler’ off the North West coast, according to the Donegal Democrat. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the 9,500-tonne FV Margiris — one of the largest…
Inishturk Fish Farm Application Tops €200k
#FishFarm - Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) has spent over €200,000 on its application for a proposed salmon farm off Inishturk in Co Mayo, as the Irish Examiner reports. The planned project, much like the withdrawn proposal for Galway Bay for…
The FV Margiris is one of the largest fishing vessels on the seas
#Supertrawler - The controversial supertrawler Margiris has returned to fish in Irish waters, as Coast Monkey reports. Previously banned from Australian waters, the 9,500-tonne FV Margiris is one of the largest fishing trawlers on the seas, and has previously fished…
BIM National Seafood Awards 2016  – A group shot of the inaugural winners with Tara McCarthy, BIM CEO & Kieran Calnan, BIM Chairman and Howley family (BIM Lifetime Achievement Award) including Blackshell Mussels, Sofrimar, Oceanpath & Goatsbridge Trout Farm, Island Seafoods, Foyle Warrior Ltd, Barry Shaw (Student of the Year), Stephen Hurley, The Fish Shop, Union Hall (Independent Young Fishmonger of the Year),  Eimantas Zvirblis, Donnybrook Fair, Malahide (Supermarket Seafood Counter), Jim Connolly, Responsible Fisherman of the Year, Dungarvan Shellfish
Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), Ireland’s Seafood Development Agency, announced the winners of the first ever BIM National Seafood Awards held on Thursday 17th November 2016 at a Gala Awards event in the Clayton Hotel, Ballsbridge, Dublin. Out of 38 finalists…
Lough Foyle
#Brexit - Brexit has revived a dormant territorial dispute between Britain and the Republic of Ireland over the ownership of Lough Foyle, as the Belfast Telegraph reports. Leinster House has rejected a claim by Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire that…
Freshwater pearl mussels Margaritifera margaritifera
#Mussels - Marine Minister Michael Creed has announced a major step forward for the Freshwater Pearl Mussel Scheme with the recruitment of a dedicated management team to help design and deliver the project on the ground. A formal request for…
The prawn trawler Endurance, on which the fatal incident occurred, sails out of Baltimore in West Cork
#Fishing - Authorities are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of an Egyptian crewman on a fishing trawler off the Co Clare coast on Tuesday night (8 November). According to The Irish Times, the 53-year-old deckhand was injured in an…
Marine Notice: Annual Groundfish Survey Off South & West Coasts
#MarineNotice - The Marine Institute advises that the annual Irish Groundfish Survey (IGFS2016) will be carried out off the South and West coasts of Ireland between Monday 14 November and Sunday 18 December in fulfilment of Ireland’s Common Fisheries Policy…
Marine Minister Michael Creed and BIM CEO Tara McCarthy (centre) with representatives from the new Fisheries Local Action Groups
#Fishing - Marine Minister Michael Creed has announced €12 million funding under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) Operational Programme for seven Fisheries Local Action Groups (FLAGs) to fund local development initiatives in Ireland’s coastal communities. The seven new…

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