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File photo of Wicklow’s relief all-weather lifeboat Jock and Annie Slater
Wicklow RNLI brought four fishermen to safety yesterday evening (Monday 27 April) after their vessel got into difficulties off the Wicklow coast. The all-weather lifeboat Jock and Annie Slater put to sea shortly before 7pm under the command of coxswain…
Tributes to Fishing Industry Leader Donal O'Driscoll Who Died at the Weekend
Tributes have been paid to fishing industry leader Donal O’Driscoll who died in hospital at the weekend at the age of 86. “A champion of the Irish fishing industry” is how the Irish South and West Fish Producers’ Organisation (IS&WFPO)…
Inspectors with the State’s Sea Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA) in some fishery harbours had already stopped undertaking physical checks of landings after the Health Service Executive (HSE) Covid-19 guidelines were introduced last month.
The European Commission has expressed “deep concern” about Ireland’s ability to monitor continued commercial fishing activity at sea during the Covid-19 pandemic. As The Sunday Times reports today, a letter from the EU maritime directorate’s acting director-general Bernhard Friess has…
Fishing boat in Howth Harbour
Marine Minister Michael Creed has announced that the implementation of the Pilot Quota Balancing Policy for Demersal (Whitefish) Stocks will be delayed until Monday 1 June. The Pilot Quota Balancing Policy for Demersal (Whitefish) Stocks (with technical amendment of August…
Marine Minister Michael Creed
Frustration is building around the coastline over a reluctance by Minister for Marine Michael Creed to avail of EU funding to ease the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the fishing and fish farming industries. As The Sunday Times…
Authors of the study hold up the square mesh panel, inserted into the otter-trawl net with LEDs attached. Lights help to increase escapement of fish through the large square mesh in the panel
Illuminated exits are as useful to fish as to humans in a tight spot. Newly published research has found that artificial light on square mesh panels in nets can help to reduce unwanted bycatch of fish. The study, published in…
Fishing boat from a UK fleet
More than 1,000 fishing and aquaculture businesses in England will receive direct cash grants through a fisheries support scheme announced today (Friday 17 April). The plans will see up to £9 million available for grants to eligible fishing (with vessels…
Stephane Griesbach of Gannet Fishmongers
A major west coast retail fish supplier has pledged to sell only Irish-caught fish and shellfish during the current Covid-19 restrictions to support the Irish inshore fleet. Parisian-born Stefan Griesbach of Gannet Fishmongers in Galway says that he is “out…
Minister & Fish Industry Organisations Condemn Protests Over French & Spanish Landings in South-West, Amid Concerns about Lack of Communication
Seven Irish fishing organisations have condemned what they described as “blockades” in two south-west harbours, and said that such protests were “alarmist” and “unnecessary” writes Lorna Siggins  The seven groups, including the Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation, the Irish Fish Producer’s Organisation, and Irish…
The normally thriving fishery harbour at Castletownbere is now quiet as the European market for fish has effectively disappeared
Fishermen based on the South and West Coasts have been advised to pause fishing from this weekend until measures are put in place to protect the industry, after its main market collapsed due to European lockdowns against Covid-19. RTÉ News…
European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier (right) and former EU Commission President Jean Claude Juncker.
EU ministers have signed off on Brussels' red lines in advance of the forthcoming post-Brexit trade talks with the UK. The proposals, reports The Irish News, put into writing warnings by Michel Barnier, the European Union's chief negotiator, that Britain…
The survey is being carried out from the RV Celtic Explorer
The first and second leg of 2020’s Irish Anglerfish and Megrim Survey will be carried out from next weekend off the West, South West and South Coasts of Ireland by the Marine Institute, in fulfilment of Ireland’s Common Fisheries Policy…
 Oystercatchers - From left to right Teresa Morrissey, IFA Aquaculture, BIM’s chief executive, Jim O’Toole and Patricia Daly, BIM
Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), Ireland’s Seafood Development Agency, in association with IFA Aquaculture, is hosting a two-day seminar today (Thursday 13th February 2020) for members of Ireland’s vibrant oyster farming sector, valued at €43million according to the latest (2018) Business…
The fishing vessel Polaris, which suffered hull failure off the west coast of the Isle of Man last November
RNLI fishing safety manager Frankie Horne has urged the fishing community to avail of safety training that is on offer for their crews and to ensure that their safety equipment is up to date. It comes after the skipper of…
Albatrosses, like this wandering albatross seen off Tasmania, range over huge areas of ocean and regularly circle the globe
A team of scientists in France are ‘recruiting’ albatrosses to monitor fishing fleets in the ocean for illegal activity. Smithsonian Magazine reports on the findings of a new study detailing efforts to tag the “sentinels of the sea” with tiny…
UK Fishing Industry Fears Being Sold Out In Brexit Trade Talks
The UK’s fishing industry fears the British Government will “sell them down the river” in upcoming Brexit trade negotiations, as Sky News reports. ‘Taking back control’ of Britain’s waters for the domestic fishing fleet was one of the linchpin issues…

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