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MEP Raises Fresh Concerns Over Fishing Practices off the South-West Coast
#fishing – Sean Kelly MEP (Ireland South) has raised 'serious concerns' about the fishing practices of a number of vessels understood to be under the control of Dutch companies off the South West coast of Ireland. "Serious concerns have been…
Minister 'Voted To Allow Spain to Overfish Irish Waters'
#FISHING - Marine Minister Simon Coveney has been accused of "hypocrisy" by supporting subsidies for modernising Europe's fishing fleets despite his previous opposition to overfishing. The Sunday Times reports that Minister Coveney signalled his backing for new subsidies that would…
Video of Sinking NI Trawler
#sinking – Dramatic footage of the sinking of the Ardglass-registered prawn trawler Snowdonia that sank last Tuesday has emerged on youtube. The video shows the final moments of the trawler and how properly donned lifejackets kept two crewmen afloat. Captain…
Irish Fishing Opportunities Next Year in the Atlantic and North Sea
#fishing – Irish fishermen may get additional fishing opportunities in 2013 according to am EU Commission proposal this afternoon. The Commission has proposed increased levels of total allowable catch (TAC) for certain fish stocks in the Atlantic and the North…
EU Fisheries Fund Allocation Deal Reached Today
Agreement on how a fisheries fund of approximately €6 billion will be allocated among EU Member States was reached in Luxembourg today following two days of negotiations at the EU Agriculture and Fisheries Council. Minister for Agriculture, Food and the…
SFPA Facilitates Trade in Irish Fishery Products to China
#SFPA – The Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA) held a bilateral meeting on seafood exports from Ireland to China today with key representatives from the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ), the organisation that carries out the import…
Sea-Fisheries Officers Return Undersize and V-notched Lobster to Sea
#lobster – Sea-Fisheries Protection Officers from the Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA) confiscated nine lobsters from a vessel's 'keep' cage in Kinsale, Co Cork this morning, Friday 12th October. Eight of the lobsters were v-notched, one was undersize and all were…
Marine Notice: Safety Recommendations for Fishing Vessels from 'Ainmire' Report
#MARINE NOTICE - The latest Marine Notice from the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (DTTAS) draws mariners' attention to the official report on the sinking of the fishing boat Ainmire and its recommendations for safety on board all fishing…
IFI Seizes Illegal Bass and Nets Off Waterford and Wexford Coast
#FISHING - Inland Fisheries Ireland has in the last week seized illegally caught bass off the Wexford coast and illegal fishing nets off the Waterford coast. While the specifics of these cases are not being released for legal and operational…
Fisherman Defends Giveaway of Over-Quota Monkfish
#FISHING - A Wexford fisherman has defended the free giving away of monkfish to the public yesterday morning after exceeding an EU quota. RTÉ News reports that Seamus O'Flaherty, owner of the trawler Saltees Quest, handed out the fish to…
New RnaG Radio Series on Galway Bay Fishing Industry
#FISHING - A new radio series on developments in Galway's fishing industry is part of the new autumn schedule on Raidió na Gaeltachta. As the Galway Advertiser reports, Ballach, Bradán agus Bairneach is funded through the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland's…
BIM Decries 'Scare Tactics', Urges Support for Fish Farming
#FISHING - Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) has called on environmental campaigners opposed to changes in the current fish farm licensing system to "get behind Ireland's aquaculture industry". In a letter to The Irish Times yesterday, the fisheries board wrote in…
Fish Farm Delays Not 'Inexplicable' Say Environmental Campaigners
#FISHING - Environmental campaigners have lambasted the IFA's claims of an "inexplicable delay" in the State's processing of licence applications for fish farms. In a letter to The Irish Times yesterday, Tony Lowes of Friends of the Irish Environment says…
Statutory Consultation Underway for Galway Bay Salmon Farm Licence
#FISHING - Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) has begun the process of statutory consultation as the next step in its licence application for the controversial proposed deep-sea fish farm in Galway Bay. As previously reported on at the end of…
Fisheries Action Group Aims to Boost Marine Revenues in Galway and Clare
#FISHING - Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) recently convened a Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG) with representatuves from the fishing and tourism industries, community groups and county councils to discuss ways to boost revenue in the Galway and Clare region. As…
Giant Bluefin Tuna Caught Off Kerry, Cork Coasts
#FISHING - Dingle fishermen trawling for tuna off the south-west coast of Ireland found a big surprise in their nets this week in the form of an enormous 2-metre-long bluefin. As The Irish Times reports, the Atlantic bluefin is considered…

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