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Applications For 2014 Oyster Dredge Licences
#Oysters - Fishermen wishing to apply for oyster dredge licences for the 2014 season must apply on the official form to the relevant River Basin District Office before 12 noon on Monday 18 November 2013. This new process has become…
Minister Coveney in Mackerel Fight for Irish Coastal Communities
#mackerel – Minister Simon Coveney T.D., today at the Council of Ministers, and in a separate bilateral meeting with EU fisheries Commissioner Maria Damanaki made the case for a fair and balanced sharing agreement for mackerel and argued strongly against…
Fishing Vessels Detained Off Cork & Clare Coasts
#Fishing - BreakingNews.ie reports that two vessels suspected of breaking fishing regulations were detained by the Naval Service in separate incidents yesterday evening (Saturday 12 October). South of Baltimore in Co Cork, a Spanish registered boat was detained by the…
Refreshing the British Environment Agency's Fisheries Service
#fisheries – Following a recent meeting with the Environment Agency (EA) the Institute of Fisheries Management (IFM) has highlighted the importance of the agency employing a strong body of fisheries professionals. The institute says this will enable the agency to…
Irish Online Aquaculture Service Wins European Award
#aquaculture – ASIMUTH, an Irish led EU Framework 7 funded project (FP7), was recently awarded the COPERNICUS (Global Monitoring for Environment and Security) Masters Prize for best earth-monitoring service for European citizens 2013. The pan-European project developed an online alert…
Illegal Bass Netting Prompts Multi-Agency Operation Near Tramore
#Fishing - A duo caught illegally fishing for bass off Tramore put themselves in "extreme danger" by going to sea in an unseaworthy boat. Staff of Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) were working with the Garda investigating illegal netting of fish…
Farmed Fish Shows Compliance Says Government Body
#fishfarm – Residues levels in farmed finfish as monitored by the Marine Institute in accordance with the National Residue Control Plan (NRCP) showed no non-compliant results in 2012 for the seventh year running according to a Marine Institute statement. The…
NI Pays Tribute To Priest Who Pioneered Lough Neagh Eel Industry
#Fishing - Tributes have been paid to the driving force behind Europe's largest wild eel fishery in Lough Neagh. As the Belfast Telegraph reports, Father Oliver Kennedy passed away yesterday at the age of 83. Described by NI Agriculture Minister…
Fishing Vessel Sought Immediate Naval Assistance
#TrawlerRescue- An Irish registered fishing trawler the Saint Claire sought immediate assistance from the Naval Service when approximately 80 miles west of Dingle Peninsula on Thursday evening. The OPV L.É. Niamh (P52) responded to the request as the trawler had…
Carlingford Lough Oyster Farmers 'Hammered' By Heatwave Virus
#Fishing - "Absolutely hammered" is how a Carlingford Lough oyster farmer describes the state of his business after £350,000 (€404,000) worth of his stock was destroyed by a virus in the recent heatwave. And as the Belfast Telegraph reports, Darren…
Concerns Over Sea Lice Treatment Planned for Galway Bay Fish Farm
#FishFarm - Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) has responded to concerns from environmental groups that an ingredient in treatments for sea lice in salmon farms poses a threat to wild marine life. As Galway Bay FM reports, campaigners Galway Bay Against…
Giant Monkfish Among West Coast Fishermen's Strange Catches
#Fishing - Irish fishermen have reported some unusual catches in recent days, according to The Irish Times. Galway trawler Martins Marie brought home a massive lobster weighting almost 3kg with a carapace of more than 15cm. But Rossaveal vessel Virtuous…
Irish Seafood Exports Increase by Over 20% in 2012
#seafood – Simon Coveney, T.D, The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine announced today the award of €2.4 million in grant aid to 25 seafood processing companies under the 2013 Seafood Processing Business Investment Scheme. Taken in conjunction with…
Coveney Secures Agreement to Prepare for Trade Restrictions Against Iceland and Faroes
#mackerel – Minister Simon Coveney T.D., supported by the UK, France and Spain today at the Council of Ministers today pushed strongly to have trade restrictions imposed immediately by the EU Commission against Iceland and the Faroe Islands as a result…
Coveney Blasts Iceland's 'Irresponsible' Mackerel Quota
#Fishing - Mackerel quotas will be the focus of discussions among European fisheries ministers in Brussels today as Ireland seeks a reduction of Iceland's share. As RTÉ News reports, Marine Minister Simon Coveney will seek "strong and decisive action" against…
CFP Reform Reaches Final Hurdle In Brussels
#CFP - RTÉ News reports that the "final battle" before reform of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) comes up today as a European Parliament committee votes on the changes led by the Irish Presidency of the EU in the first half…

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