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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…
Industry concerned about ‘flashpoints’ over access to waters if UK leaves EU without deal.
Both the Irish Naval Service and Air Corps, reports The Irish Times, are being primed to protect Irish sea fishing areas and vessels in a no-deal Brexit amid industry fears of tensions between EU and non-EU trawlers. The UK crashing…
The hull of the FV Aisling Patrick washed ashore in western Scotland on 28 May 2018, from the MCIB report
New Marine Notices from the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (DTTAS) remind skippers and crew of small fishing vessels of the requirements set out in the relevant Code of Practice, following the official maritime reports into two fatal incidents…
Castletownbere Harbour in County Cork is a licensed Herring fishery
Minister for Marine Michael Creed has been forced to close the Celtic Sea herring fishery due to a virtual collapse of the multi-million euro stock writes Lorna Siggins The closure order, which has not yet been released publicly, was issued…
A land-based fish farm
Inland Fisheries Ireland chief executive Dr Ciaran Byrne has said that the evidence is “pointing towards” moving fish farms onshore for a more sustainable aquaculture industry writes Lorna Siggins. Dr Byrne was responding to a decision by the Danish government to halt…
35,000 Lobsters V-Notched by BIM Each Year
Each year up to 35,000 adult female lobsters caught by Irish inshore fishermen have a v-shaped notch removed from their tail by trained Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) staff. This ‘V-notch’ marking is supported by legislation that makes it illegal to…
Rossaveal Harbour, Co Galway
Site investigation works are to be carried out at Rossaveal Fishery Harbour Centre in Co Galway from mid August. The works will comprise drilling multiple boreholes at the locations detailed in Marine Notice No 28 of 2019, subject to minor…

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