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#Fishing - Marine Minister Simon Coveney has said he will do what he can to help fishermen in Galway whose livelihoods have been affected by the damage wrought in the recent storms, as Galway Bay FM reports.
The move follows a call by a local senator for Government assistance to inshore fishermen facing expensive repairs to vessels and docksides, not to mention many small shellfish farms devastated by the extreme waves and high tides.
According to the Galway Advertiser, opponents of the bill view any proposal for a registration charge as a 'rod licence' in disguise.
"The ownership and right to use these waters for angling are jewels that we have inherited from our forefathers," said council chair Martin Kinneavy, "jewels our forefathers fought to keep and are not for sale at any cost."
Afloat.ie recently published an FAQ on proposed measures for the new bill.
#Storm - A special report on the extent of damage caused by the recent storms in Galway City has estimated the cost of repairs at more than three-quarters of a million euro, according to Galway Bay FM.
The figure includes estimated costs of repairing footpaths and public use facilities damaged by the extreme winds and flooding experienced citywide - and in particular the beaches and promenade at Salthill, which more the brunt of the Atlantic swells and high tides.
In addition, repairs to Leisureland in the seaside suburb are pegged at half a million euro alone.
Further down the West coast in the storm-ravaged Clare town of Lahinch, The Irish Times reports that a start-up surf school has had a horrendous start to the year, losing its van to the floodwaters that caused significant and expensive damage to the promenade.
#VOR - Among the future plans for Galway as part of the masterplan for the city's port submitted last week is the intention to bring back the Volvo Ocean Race for the third time, as the Irish Independent reports.
Galway harbour master Capt Brian Sheridan says 2020 would be the earliest that Galway could bid for a stopover place in the event that it previously hosted in 2009 and 2012, the latter reportedly generating some €60 million for the local economy and attracting a global audience of over 1 billion.
What's more, Galway Harbour Company chief Eamon Bradshaw has intimated that the idea of integrating the harbour with the city, which lies at the heart of the masterplan, only took off with the first visit of the round-the-world yacht race to the City of the Tribes.
As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the new harbour development scheme will see land reclined from Galway Bay to provide much needed berthing space for expansion, as well new projects like a proposed "mii Sydney Opera House" that would host VOR-related events should the next bid be successful.
#Flooding - Flooding events in Galway of the likes experienced in the recent winter storms will occur more regularly "with or without" the expansion of the city's port, according to Galway's harbourmaster.
As The Irish Times reports, Capt Brian Sheridan said "worst case scenario" modelling has been carried out on the masterplan for the port's expansion, which was lodged with An Bórd Pleanála yesterday (10 January).
Proposals for the scheme, which would see 27 hectares of land reclaimed from Galway Bay, include a "mini Sydney Opera House".
On Achill Island, guesthouse and gallery owner John Bartlett said the tight-knit community was "pretty well whacked" by the tidal flooding and sea surges that wreaked havoc along the Mayo coast.
And further south in Kerry, fisherman Patrick O'Sullivan tells The Irish Times of the shocking night last week when the Atlantic literally crashed into his young family's home.
#Fishing - A Galway senator has called for Government assistance for inshore fishermen devastated by the recent storms that have ravaged the west coast, damaging vessels, piers and slipways - and devastating many small coastal shellfish farms.
As Galway Bay FM reports, Senator Trevor O' Clochartaigh (Sinn Féin) has suggested Marine Minister Simon Coveney could bail out via an emergency fund fishermen whose livelihoods have been threatened.
Similar funding has been called for to help repair coastal roads in Galway rendered impassable by the exceptional winds and flooding since the New Year began.
In addition, Galway West TD Eamon O Cuiv says he will press the Government to make funds available for the Aran Islands and the Connemara region, both of which have been severely affected by the worst storms in recent memory.
The nation was this week left counting the cost of the extraordinary series of storms, in particular Lahinch in Co Clare, which suffered millions of euro worth of damage to its seaside promenade as massive swells encroached half a kilometre inland.
Six lighthouses also sustained structural damage in what were often hurricane-force winds, though all remained operational.
The first phase of the Water Conservation Rehabilitation Works Programme will involve works on 15km of water mains across 17 meter areas in the city, which takes its water supply from the River Corrib that flows into Galway Bay.
#FishFarm - Plans for what would be Europe's largest organic salmon farm located off the Aran Islands have been halted by the European Commission amid worries over scientific studies related to the impact of disease.
The Galway Advertiser reports that EU Environment Commissioner Janez Potocnik has reopened the pilot investigation into the Galway Bay fish farm proposals, and has given Marine Minister Simon Coveney till 15 January 2014 to provide explanations over a number of key concerns.
Pilot Investigation 764/09/ENV1 is looking into claims of errors in the analysis of key papers regarding the threat posed to wild salmon by sea lice in intensive salmon farming.
Meanwhile, the investigation is also following allegations that the Department of the Marine withheld information from State fisheries body Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) on the scale of damage caused to wild fish from lice - and that Minister Coveney refused to answer Dáil questions on the controversial matter.
The decision to halt plans for the 500-hectare fish farm has been welcomed by local campaigners against the scheme such as the Galway Bay Protection Group, which has called for a public enquiry on the proposals.
The Galway Advertiser has much more on the story HERE.
The winning team - consisting of Fionn Delahunty, Ciaran Jordan, Eamonn Murphy and Róisín Jordan, with manager Alan Delahunty and coaches Caran Oliver and Graham Daly - faced an ever tougher challenge at this year's event held in Galway Bay and around Galway Docks on Saturday 19 October.
They fended off strong competition from Galway City Sailing Club and Bellacragher Boat Club to take this year's title across a series of water exercises that included rescuing capsized dinghies and canoes, and lee shore rescues.
But Galway City didn't leave the challenge empty handed, as team member James Rattigan took the new award for 'best helm' at the evening's presentations at the Galway Harbour Hotel.
Probably the most internationally recognised Irish festival after St Patrick's Day, and the world's longest running oyster festival, the weekend includes a whole host of events to enjoy, from seafood trails and oyster hot spots to the oyster shucking contests – including the Oyster 'Olympics', the World Oyster Opening Championship.
Alongside local food producer tours, some of Galway's best restaurants will hold foodie talks and tasting events, and will represent in the intimate 'food village' at the Festival Marquee.
On Saturday night, a sold-out Mardi Gras-style gala masquerade will parade through the streets of Galway.
And on Sunday, the Tribal Oyster Feast Off oyster eating competition will take place along with family activities, live music, cooking demonstrations, a 'Hot Oyster Awards' cooking challenge and more.
Established in 1954, the Galway International Oyster & Seafood Festival has welcomed over half a million visitors and consumed more than 3 million oysters – washed down with champagne and stout while listening to some of the best musicians in Ireland.
For more information on the festival, follow on Twitter @galwayoyster
#MCIB - Marine investigators have emphasised the dangers of drinking while at sea in the official report into the death of a lobster fisherman off Galway in April last year.
The body of Gerard Folan was recovered from the waters off St MacDara's Island, near Carna in Co Galway, on the morning of 24 April 2012 after he was reported missing the night before.
According to the report into the incident by the Marine Casualty Investigation Board (MCIB), Folan had set off in his currach from Dooeyher Pier in Carna around lunchtime on 23 April to check on lobster pots some 3nm away, off Deer Island - promising to contact his father on his return.
Folan was shortly after observed by another fisherman in the area, and was reportedly not wearing an oilskin nor a lifejacket.
Some hours later Folan's father went around the local piers but did not find his son. Later still, Folan's ex-wife contacted Clifden Coast Guard to report his disappearance and a search effort was mobilised.
Early the next morning, before the search resumed at first light, the fishing vessel Ocean Breeze sighted a drifting currach that was found to be Folan's. His body was later recovered off St MacDara's Island around 11am.
According to the MCIB report, it was not possible to determine how Folan became separated from his boat, though it was found that the currach's outboard engine had no kill cord attached, so it is probable the engine was running and the boat motored out of reach when he went overboard.
Although Folan was regarded as a strong swimmer, the post-mortem found elevated levels of alcohol in his bloodstream, which the MCIB report said would have hindered his attempts to swim back to his vessel.
Investigators also highlighted the "undue delay" in raising the alarm when Folan has failed to return earlier on the evening of 23 April.
The full report into the incident is available to download below.