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#LambayIsland - Conor Lenihan has been revealed as a founding member of a new exclusive club "for the bold and inquisitive" based on Lambay Island, as the Sunday Independent reports.

The Lambay Club, started by members of the family that has owned the island off North Co Dublin for over a century, says it's aimed at protecting Lambay – known for its population of wild wallabies – "with a carefully shaped community of like-minded individuals" who will gather to "imagine, discuss and create".

It's understood that former junior minister Lenihan's role will be to help "shape the club and select the first founder members ... with a strong focus on diversity of age, gender and expertise."

The Sunday Independent has more on the story HERE.

Published in Island News
The Minister of State for Natural Resources yesterday announced more details of river openings for fishing in the New Year due to improvement in the salmon stock.
Minister Conor Lenihan announced that 52 rivers - two more than 2010 - across the country would be opened for fishing. A total of 60 will remain closed due to a lack of surplus, which is 20 fewer than last year.
Among those previously closed that will be reopened for 2011 are the Castletown, the Eske, the Glenamoy, the Kerry Blackwater and the Suir. Additional rivers will be opened on a catch-and-release basis.
The River Liffey will have a special one-time opening for fishing on New Year's Day.
Also announced was a €12 reduction in the cost of one-day angling licences, intended to encourage tourist anglers.
The Irish Times has more details on the salmon river openings and closures HERE.

The Minister of State for Natural Resources yesterday announced more details of river openings for fishing in the New Year due to improvement in the salmon stock.

Minister Conor Lenihan announced that 52 rivers across the country - two more than 2010 - would be opened for fishing. A total of 60 will remain closed due to a lack of surplus, which is 20 fewer than last year.

Among those previously closed that will be reopened for 2011 are the Castletown, the Eske, the Glenamoy, the Kerry Blackwater and the Suir. Additional rivers will be opened on a catch-and-release basis.

The River Liffey will have a special one-time opening for fishing on New Year's Day.
Also announced was a €12 reduction in the cost of one-day angling licences, intended to encourage tourist anglers.

The Irish Times has more details on the salmon river openings and closures HERE.

Published in Angling
MINISTER for Natural Resources Conor Lenihan has opened a 30-day public consultation process on the Wild Salmon and Sea Trout Tagging Scheme Regulations for the 2011 season, the Irish Times reports.
Under the latest draft egulations, 51 rivers out of 141 will open for salmon fishing, with 30 classified as catch-and-release only. Sixty rivers will be closed, which is 20 fewer than the 2010 season, due to "an improvement in salmon stocks".
“Four previously closed, ie Castletown, Suir, Glenamoy and Eske, will open with an identified surplus for harvest,” said the Minister.
Some minor changes have also been recommended "to provide a more effective administration" of the tagging scheme for one-day salmon licences.

MINISTER for Natural Resources Conor Lenihan has opened a 30-day public consultation process on the Wild Salmon and Sea Trout Tagging Scheme Regulations for the 2011 season, The Irish Times reports.

Under the latest draft egulations, 51 rivers out of 141 will open for salmon fishing, with 30 classified as catch-and-release only. Sixty rivers will be closed, which is 20 fewer than the 2010 season, due to "an improvement in salmon stocks".

“Four previously closed, ie Castletown, Suir, Glenamoy and Eske, will open with an identified surplus for harvest,” said the Minister.

Some minor changes have also been recommended "to provide a more effective administration" of the tagging scheme for one-day salmon licences.

Published in Angling

The Minister for Natural Resources, Conor Lenihan, has announced the start of a 30 day public consultation process on the Wild Salmon and Sea Trout Tagging Scheme Regulations for the 2011 season.

Regulations are made each year, after public consultation, for the management of the wild salmon and sea trout fishery, based on the scientific and management advice provided to the Minister by Inland Fisheries Ireland.

In launching the public consultation process the Minister remarked,

"The 2011 season will see 20 rivers which were closed in 2010 being opened because of an improvement in salmon stocks. Nineteen rivers will be open to angling on a 'catch & release' basis and 4 rivers which were previously closed, Castletown, Suir, Glenamoy and Eske will open with an identified surplus number of fish for harvest."

In all the Salmon Standing Scientific Committee assessed 141 rivers and have advised that:-
· 51 rivers are open (a surplus of fish has been identified in these rivers) i.e. 1 more than in 2010
· 30 rivers have been classified as open for "Catch and Release" only i.e. 19 more than 2010 (see list below) and
· 60 rivers are closed (no surplus of fish available for harvest) i.e. 20 less than 2010.

With the exception of a proposed change to the number of blue (angling) tags applicable to a one day salmon licence holder, the draft Tagging Scheme Regulations for 2011 are in essence unchanged from the Regulations which were introduced following the establishment of Inland Fisheries Ireland in July, 2010.

A number of minor amendments to the Regulations have also been recommended by Inland Fisheries Ireland, which will provide for more effective administration of the tagging scheme regulations in 2011.

Summary of main changes to the management of the wild salmon fishery in 2011

20 Rivers which were closed in 2010 will open for angling on a "catch & release" basis in 2011:-

Glyde (Dundalk fishery district)
Slaney (Wexford fishery district) (note; river is closed until 12 May 2011)
Bride (Lismore fishery district)
Glengariff, Adrigole (Cork fishery district)
Kealincha, Lough Fada, Blackwater, Behy, Owenascaul, Milltown, Feohanagh
(Kerry fishery district)
Grange (Sligo fishery district)
Oily, Owenwee (yellow river) (Ballyshannon fishery district|)
Bracky, Glenna, Tullaghobegley, Ray, Glenagannon (Letterkenny fishery district).

4 Rivers which were "catch & release" in 2010 and will open for harvest in 2011 Castletown (Dundalk fishery district)
Suir (Waterford fishery district)
Glenamoy (Bangor fishery district)
Eske (Ballyshannon fishery district).

3 Rivers which were open in 2010 will be limited to "catch & release" in 2011
Sheen (Kerry fishery district)
Screebe (Connemara fishery district)
Srahmore (Bangor fishery district).

The Minister is giving statutory notice of his intention to make the Wild Salmon and Sea Trout Tagging Scheme (No. 2) Regulations, 2010 to provide for the management of the wild salmon and sea trout fishery by Inland Fisheries Ireland in 2011 following the 30 day public consultation.

Any person may submit objections to the draft regulations at any time during the period of 30 days commencing on 20 November 2010 either in writing to the Department or by e-mail to [email protected]

Details of the conservation proposals for 2011 and the draft regulations are available on the Department's website http://www.dcenr.gov.ie/Natural/Inland+Fisheries+Division/Consultation+Process+Wild+Salmon+and+Sea+Trout+Tagging+Scheme+Regulations+for+2011+fishing+season.htm

Published in Angling

In Dublin this morning, Minister for Natural Resources Conor Lenihan opened an important research conference for the petroleum industry. The Atlantic Ireland 2010 conference brings together researchers and industry alike, to examine the opportunities for oil and gas exploration in the Irish Atlantic.

In his opening address, the Minister outlined to industry representatives the extensive research that has taken place as part of the new exploration regime, involving collaboration between researchers in Ireland and Canada alike.

Earlier this year, he announced his intention to open all basins in the Irish Atlantic margin with proven petroleum prospectivity for petroleum prospecting in the 2011 Atlantic Licensing Round. The Round will close for applications at the end of May 2011.

He said, "This Round is Ireland's largest licensing round to date, covering an area of just over a quarter of a million square kilometres

In-depth, comprehensive research is essential if we are to attract exploration companies to Ireland. Potential investors need to be aware of any geological challenges or indeed opportunities that may exist, before they consider drilling in deep water conditions.

It is because of this research that we know for example, there are a number of large sedimentary basins with proven petroleum prospectivity within the Atlantic margin. This is the kind of work that will be crucial as we seek to exploit our vast ocean resources in the years ahead.

The timing for this important gathering of national and international oil company executives here in Dublin is opportune. It comes immediately after my visit to Singapore last week where I was able to place centre-stage Ireland's offshore exploration potential. There I drove home the message to a large global audience that Ireland's offshore is open for business."

It is hoped that the Conference will further develop new and existing links between Irish universities and international oil companies – Irish researchers provide project mentorship for some of the companies seeking to invest in Irish waters. These relationships will be an important part of attracting investors in the new Licensing Round

Published in Power From the Sea

Minister for Natural Resources, Conor Lenihan will next week front a major promotion of Ireland's oil and gas exploration potential to a large global audience. Minister Lenihan will showcase new exploration opportunities in Irish waters – the 2011 Atlantic Margin Licensing Round – at a major international petroleum conference in Singapore.

Ireland's offshore exploration potential will take centre stage at the Oil and Gas Investment Asia conference where Minister Lenihan will deliver a keynote speech, in which he will declare Ireland's offshore open for business.

Speaking prior to this departure for Singapore, Minister Lenihan remarked

"this conference and associated meetings and briefings represent an excellent opportunity to promote Ireland's offshore as a world class exploration destination.

Although we already have two large Asian exploration companies active in Ireland's offshore, we can not expect Asian companies to be fully aware of Ireland's potential.

I will deliver a strong message that as well as our offshore having lots of exploration potential, Ireland is a politically stable economy, with a competitive tax regime, in which their business will be welcome and encouraged to flourish."

Across the three day event Minister Lenihan and his officials will brief senior executives from the largest Asian oil companies about prospects in the Irish offshore. These include Petronas and STX as well as the National Oil corporations of Singapore, the Philippines and Korea. The Minister's itinerary will also include Enterprise Ireland meetings connected with Minister Lenihan's brief as Minister for Science, Technology and Innovation.

Minister Lenihan will particularly stress the opportunities presented by Ireland's latest offshore licensing round – the 2011 Atlantic Margin Licensing Round.

"This round will be Ireland's largest licensing round to date, covering an area of just over a quarter of a million square kilometres" he said.

"It's exciting because we know that within this Atlantic Margin area there are a number of large sedimentary basins with proven petroleum prospectivity. The fact that there are currently 27 companies involved in the offshore petroleum industry in Ireland, including many international companies and some of the world's majors is positive, but Ireland needs to attract a higher level of exploration investment if the petroleum potential of our offshore territory is to be realised. The objective of the 2011 Licensing Round is to attract a greater share of mobile international exploration investment to Ireland.

Now is the time to deliver this message on the world stage – we will do so next week in Singapore," he concluded.

Published in Power From the Sea

The Half Ton Class was created by the Offshore Racing Council for boats within the racing band not exceeding 22'-0". The ORC decided that the rule should "....permit the development of seaworthy offshore racing yachts...The Council will endeavour to protect the majority of the existing IOR fleet from rapid obsolescence caused by ....developments which produce increased performance without corresponding changes in ratings..."

When first introduced the IOR rule was perfectly adequate for rating boats in existence at that time. However yacht designers naturally examined the rule to seize upon any advantage they could find, the most noticeable of which has been a reduction in displacement and a return to fractional rigs.

After 1993, when the IOR Mk.III rule reached it termination due to lack of people building new boats, the rule was replaced by the CHS (Channel) Handicap system which in turn developed into the IRC system now used.

The IRC handicap system operates by a secret formula which tries to develop boats which are 'Cruising type' of relatively heavy boats with good internal accommodation. It tends to penalise boats with excessive stability or excessive sail area.

Competitions

The most significant events for the Half Ton Class has been the annual Half Ton Cup which was sailed under the IOR rules until 1993. More recently this has been replaced with the Half Ton Classics Cup. The venue of the event moved from continent to continent with over-representation on French or British ports. In later years the event is held biennially. Initially, it was proposed to hold events in Ireland, Britain and France by rotation. However, it was the Belgians who took the ball and ran with it. The Class is now managed from Belgium. 

At A Glance – Half Ton Classics Cup Winners

  • 2017 – Kinsale – Swuzzlebubble – Phil Plumtree – Farr 1977
  • 2016 – Falmouth – Swuzzlebubble – Greg Peck – Farr 1977
  • 2015 – Nieuwport – Checkmate XV – David Cullen – Humphreys 1985
  • 2014 – St Quay Portrieux – Swuzzlebubble – Peter Morton – Farr 1977
  • 2013 – Boulogne – Checkmate XV – Nigel Biggs – Humphreys 1985
  • 2011 – Cowes – Chimp – Michael Kershaw – Berret 1978
  • 2009 – Nieuwpoort – Général Tapioca – Philippe Pilate – Berret 1978
  • 2007 – Dun Laoghaire – Henri-Lloyd Harmony – Nigel Biggs – Humphreys 1980~
  • 2005 – Dinard – Gingko – Patrick Lobrichon – Mauric 1968
  • 2003 – Nieuwpoort – Général Tapioca – Philippe Pilate – Berret 1978

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