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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…
At almost 50m long Emerald Gratia was the largest of four industrial mussel dredgers that worked the seabed of Dalkey Sound last week
#DredgingDalkey - Industrial mussel seed dredging will leave Ireland's coastal waters "full of jellyfish and little else", convervationists claim. As the The Irish Independent writes, four industrial trawlers had worked in Dublin Bay over the three days beginning last Sunday (23 October). …
Applications Open For 2017 Oyster Fishing Licences
#Fishing - Fishermen wishing to apply for oyster dredging licences for the 2017 season must apply with the official form via the relevant River Basin District Office before 12 noon on Friday 25 November. Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) say this…
Marine Minister Michael Creed (right) with delegates at the latest meeting of the National Inshore Fisheries Forum
#Fishing - A new website for the National Inshore Fisheries Forums (NIFF) was launched by Marine Minister Michael Creed yesterday (Tuesday 25 October). “Getting inshore fishing communities involved in decision-making is the key aim of the forum initiative,” said the…
Marine minister Michael Creed TD has welcomed a deal giving Irish fishermen a Mackerel quota worth €86million for 2017
Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Michael Creed TD today welcomed the positive outcome for Irish Fishermen at the international fisheries negotiations which concluded today at the National Seafood Centre in Clonakilty, Co. Cork. These negotiations, between the European…
Important international negotiations on the mackerel stock in the North East Atlantic are being conducted in Cork
Minister for Agriculture, Food & the Marine, Michael Creed T.D. today welcomed the start of important international fishing negotiations on the mackerel stock in the North East Atlantic. The negotiations are being hosted by the Department of Agriculture, Food &…
Paul Murphy, skipper of the trawler Karen that was dragged by RN submarine
#SubIncident - A submarine of the Royal Navy which towed a fishing trawler at speed through the Irish Sea endangered the lives of the crew, inspectors said. As the Belfast Telegraph reports the Karen was trailed backwards at seven knots…
Cork Trawler Owners Charged Over Undocumented Crew
#Fishing - Two Cork fishing trawler owners have been charged with offences relating to trafficking and illegal employment of a Filipino fisherman, according to the Guardian. Leonard Hyde and Pat O’Mahony, co-owners of the Labardie Fisher, are accused of knowingly…
The Spanish trawler barely clears the hull of the Celtic Dawn
#Fishing - A small fishing vessel had a close call in West Cork this week when a much larger trawler powered past from Castletownbere with barely any room to spare. According to the Irish Examiner, the crew of the Celtic…

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