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#Flora&Fauna - Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) and the National Biodiversity Data Centre (NBDC) have launched a second round of public consultation on its risk assessments on certain non-native species – including a number of marine and waterways species, following the first round in mid-May.

The following risk assessments of various plant species, many of which grow on or close to Ireland's inland waterways, are now available for comment via until Wednesday 6 August 2014:

 •Allium triquetrum (Three-cornered Leek)

 •Corbicula fluminea (Asian Clam)

 •Egeria densa (Large-flowered Waterweed)

 •Hydrocotyle ranunculoides (Floating Pennywort)

 •Impatiens glandulifera (Himalayan Balsam)

 •Ludwigia spp. (Water Primroses)

 •Lysichiton americanus (American Skunk-cabbage)

 •Myriophyllum aquaticum (Parrot’s Feather) 

The following risk assessments will be available for comment shortly:

 •Carpobrotus edulis (Hottentot-fig)

 •Elodea canadensis (Canadian Pondweed)

 •Hippophae rhamnoides (Sea-buckthorn)

 •Juncus planifolius (Broad-leaved Rush)

 •Hyacinthoides hispanica (including H. non-scripta x H. hispanica) (Spanish Bluebell)

 •Persicaria perfoliata (Mile-a-minute Weed)

 •Rubus spectabilis (Salmonberry)

Published in News Update

#Flora&Fauna - Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) and the National Biodiversity Data Centre (NBDC) have been tasked by the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) to undertake risk assessments on certain non-native species - including a number of marine and waterways species - listed in the Third Schedule to the European Communities (Birds and Natural Habitats) Regulations 2011 (SI 477/2011). 

The risk assessments provide evidence-based knowledge that will be used by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht in the implementation of Regulations 49, 50 and 74.

These regulations are concerned with the prohibition on the introduction, dispersal, trading and keeping of certain non-native species and associated licensing requirements that may apply.

To date, each risk assessment completed (refer to list below) has undergone an internal review and an external expert review and is now available for stakeholder and public consultation on the project website.  

As such, IFI and the NBDC invite any interested parties to make submissions on these completed risk assessments, which are available for comment for a two-week period after publication.

Further to this, three public meetings will take place to inform interested stakeholders and the general public about the Regulations and associated licencing requirements as follows:

  • 20/21 May 2014: IFI Head Office, 3044 Lake Drive, Citywest Business Campus, Dublin 24 from 7.30pm to 9.30pm
  • 22 May 2014: Athlone Springs Hotel, Monksland, Athlone, Co Westmeath from 7.30pm to 9pm

Project staff will also be available to meet in person or receive calls from stakeholders between 11:00 and 17:00 on each of the above days by appointment only to receive consultation on matters pertaining to the risk assessments or licensing requirements. Please call 087 051 3116 during business hours to make such an appointment.

Additional information on the Non-native Species Risk Assessment Project can be found on the project website. Guidance information on the licensing requirements can be viewed HERE.

The following risk assessments are available for comment until 24 May 2014:

Aponogeton distachyos (Cape Pondweed)
Astacus astacus (Noble Crayfish)
Astacus leptodactylus (Turkish Crayfish)
Azolla filiculoides (Water Fern)
Bufo bufo (Common Toad) 
Capreolus capreolus (Roe Deer)
Crassula helmsii (Australian Swamp Stonecrop)
Crepidula fornicata (Slipper Limpet)
Cyprinus carpio (Carp)
Elodea nuttallii (Nuttall’s Pondweed)
Gunnera manicata (Brazilian Giant-rhubarb)
Gunnera tinctoria (Giant-rhubarb)
Hydropotes inermis (Chinese Water Deer)
Lagarosiphon major (Curly-leaved Waterweed)
Leuciscus cephalus  (Chub)
Lithobates catesbeianu (American Bullfrog)
Muntiacus reevesi (Muntjac Deer)
Myriophyllum aquaticum (Parrots Feather)
Nymphoides peltata (Fringed Water-lily)
Orconectes limosus (Spiny-cheek Crayfish)
Pacifastacus leniusculus (Signal Crayfish) 
Pistia stratiotes (Water Lettuce)
Procambarus clarkii (Red Swamp Crayfish) 
Procambarus spp. (Marbled Crayfish) 
Rhododendron ponticum (including R. x superponticum)(Rhododendron)
Strix aluco (Tawny Owl)
Sus scrofa (Wild Boar)
Tamias sibiricus (Siberian Chipmunk)

The following risk assessments are not yet available for comment:

Allium triquetrum (Three-cornered Leek)
Carpobrotus edulis  (Hottentot-fig)
Corbicula fluminea (Asian River Clam)
Egeria densa (Large-flowered Waterweed)
Elodea canadensis (Canadian Pondweed)
Hippophae rhamnoides (Sea-buckthorn)
Hyacinthoides hispanica (including H. non-scripta x H. hispanica) (Spanish Bluebell)
Hydrocotyle ranunculoides (Floating Pennywort)
Impatiens glandulifera (Himalayan Balsam)
Juncus planifolius (Broad-leaved Rush)
Ludwigia (L. grandiflora, L. peploides and L. hexapetala) (Water-primrose)
Lysichiton americanus (American Skunk-cabbage)
Persicaria perfoliata (Mile-a-minute Weed)
Rubus spectabilis (Salmonberry)

Published in Inland Waterways

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.


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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