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New Engineering Service for the East Coast Fishing Industry
#FISHING – A new company has been launched along the east coast of Ireland with the purpose of providing econimical and efficient engineering services to the fishing industry. Fleet Marine is a company founded by Rodney Gillen, a qualified engineer…
Fishing Industry Welcomes Selective Nets, Grant Aid at Irish Skipper Expo
#FISHING - Minister for the Marine Simon Coveney briefed the Irish Skipper Expo in Galway last weekend on a new initiative promoting the use of selective conservation fishing nets, which allow young fish to escape. Under the initiative in the…
Galway Oystermen Meet Minister Over Licence Cap
#FISHING - Fishermen from Galway met Minister for Natural Resources Pat Rabbitte at Leinster House yesterday to voice their concerns over a cap on oyster dredging licences, Galway Bay FM reports. Local fishermen in the inner Galway Bay-Clarinbridge area are…
NZ Firm Delivers Fishery Monitoring Vessels to Alaska
#FISHING – New Zealand's Stabicraft Marine has delivered nine custom 659 Wheel House vessels to Alaska where they will be used as observation boats to monitor the gill net fishery and the fishery's interaction with sea mammals and sea birds.…
Strong Debate Over Proposals for Fishing-Free Zones in Strangford Lough
#FISHING - Proposals to close substantial areas of Strangford Lough to fishing vessels have been met with strong criticism by Northern Ireland's commercial fishermen. In a recent letter to the News Letter, Paul Leenan writes asking Fisheries Minister Michelle O'Neill…
Cumbrians Urged to Try New Fish to Save Irish Sea Stocks
#FISHING - Seafood lovers of Cumbria in north-west England have been urged to broaden their tastes to save depleted stocks of their favourite fish in the Irish Sea. According to the News & Star, some 80% of Britons "insist upon…
Licence Application for Aran Islands Fish Farm 'To Be Lodged in January'
#FISHING - The licence application for a proposed new deep-sea fish farm in the Aran Islands is expected to be lodged in January. As previously reported on, Bord Iascaigh Mhara's (BIM) planned 15,000-tonne organic salmon farm off Inis Oírr…
Ireland Catches Record EU Fisheries Deal
#FISHERIES  – There has been a record outcome for Ireland at EU Fisheries negotiations with a total Value of 2012 Fishing Opportunities of €250 million it was announced early this morning. Following the conclusion of lengthy and complex EU fisheries…
Minister Shows Displeasure With Euro Fishery Plans
#FISHING - The Minister for the Marine has spoken out over plans by the European Commission to make cuts in certain fish stocks that could see €65 million in lost earnings for Ireland's fishing fleet. According to The Irish Times,…
Europe's Largest Organic Fish Farm Proposed for Aran Islands
#FISHING - Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) has begun the consultation process for a proposed new deep-sea fish farm in the Aran Islands, The Irish Times reports. The 15,000-tonne organic salmon farm would be located off Inis Oírr on a 500-hectare…
Fish Processing Trawler Calls to Dublin Port
#FISH PROCESSING- An unusual type of vessel to visit Dublin Port was the Faeroe Islands-flagged fish processing vessel Naeraberg (KG-14) which made a brief call this week, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 3,181grt vessel built in 1983 at Harlingen Scheepswer in…
National Seafood Centre Opens in Clonakilty
#SEAFOOD–The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney, T.D., has today officially named and formally opened the new National Seafood Centre at Clogheen, Clonakilty, Co. Cork. The Centre is a co-located 'one stop shop' for the Seafood related…
Coveney Aims to Ensure fish Stocks 'Not Compromised'
#FISHING – Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Simon Coveney TD today presented to the Dáil a Sustainability Impact Assessment of the EU Commission proposals for Total Allowable Catches (TACs) and quotas for 2012, representing the first time that…
Fishing Vessel Runs Aground at Ardglass Harbour
#RESCUE - The crew of a fishing vessel were rescued from a life raft last night after their fishing vessel 'Moyuna' ran aground at the entrance to Ardglass Harbour. The 15 metre vessel was returning from a fishing trip when…
Coveney Calls On EU States to Support Irish Efforts to Deal with Discards
#FISHING – Commenting on the first ever Irish Discards Atlas, which was launched today, Minister Simon Coveney said "Ireland has now taken the lead in the debate on discards and this Atlas will inform the process to achieve real change…
Fishing Vessel Skipper Pleads Guilty
#FISHING – The skipper of Grimsby based fishing vessel 'Karen', that grounded on rocks at Ardglass in Northern Ireland, has pleaded guilty to the charge of endangering his ship and crew. On 3rd January 2011 the UK registered fishing vessel…

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