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According to the News Letter, the NoSalmonNets campaigners "have swapped their fishing rods for laptop computers", using Facebook to attract support for their campaign to bring an end to the offshore netting of wild salmon stocks.
As previously reported on Afloat.ie, Northern Ireland's Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure (DCAL) has called for a voluntary ban on offshore salmon fishing, following new research that shows a significant drop in their numbers in the North's rivers.
Seamus Donnelly of NoSalmonNets has welcomed DCAL's recent decision to stop issusing licences for commercial salmon nets that may "contravene European law" off Antrim's north coast, made in an effort to protect salmon stocks in the Foyle river system.
Donnelly explained that the campaign was borne from frustration at the apparent inaction by the NI Executive over the protection of salmon.
“One of the keys to our success has to be Facebook," he said. "The internet has an unlimited reach and we took advantage of that.”
The News Letter has more on the story HERE.
#WATERFRONT PROPERTY - A number of prime waterside development opportunities are up for grabs in Northern Ireland and Waterford.
North of the border, Northern Ireland Electricity (NIE) is currently seeking expressions of interest for three sites.
The first of these, in Belfast, is the site of the former Belfast West Power Station. The 16-acre site on McCaughey Road, close to the city centre, is currently zoned as employment/industry.
Further north on the shores of Belfast Lough is a 45-acre whiteland site adjacent to Kilroot Power Station in Carrickfergus. Both Kilroot and Belfast West will be available for lease only due to their strategic nature.
Also available are lands adjacent to Coolkeeragh Power Station, near Derry and the mouth of the Foyle. This 28-acre site is zoned as existing industry.
All three sites are restricted to generation or other electricity industry uses.
The closing date for expressions of interest is 12 noon on 20 February 2012. For more contact Savills Belfast at +44 (0) 28 9026 7820 or [email protected].
Meanwhile, in Waterford, estage agent Purcell Properties is guiding €1.5 million for an 18-acre landbank with extensive frontage on the Suir, less than a mile from the city centre.
The site at Newrath, previously used by Smurfit for plastic production, comprises mixed warehousing developed around 50 years ago.
The landbank is close to the new bridge connecting with the Waterford-Dublin motorway. Zoning of the site would allow mixed use including retail, light industrial and warehousing.
For more details contact Purcell Properties at 051 876 514 or [email protected].
Port Harbour master, Bill McCann says this is "positive step forward towards harnessing the potential of the River Foyle for tourism and commerce. The new cruise ship quay at Meadowbank, together with the new pontoon, add significantly to the marine facilities that we offer on the Foyle, which is particularly important with the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race calling at Derry in 2012."
Londonderry Port and Harbour Commissioners sign contract for development of Foyle cruise ship quay and pontoon
Chief executive of the Loughs Agency, Derick Anderson has expressed his enthusiasm for a project "that promises to aid the development of tourism along the Foyle and in the north-west generally, including Inishowen. The new water front infrastructure may reveal fresh opportunities for those planning events in the region, for instance, City of Culture in 2013. The Loughs Agency is optimistic that the project will optimise potential for water based events and activity and help bring the river to life in Londonderry's city centre."
Shaun Henry from the Special EU Programmes Body highlighted the strategic importance of this initiative for the region saying: "This project will allow the local tourism sector to draw on the natural environment of the region and its natural tourism resources. This is likely to attract a higher number of domestic and overseas visitors, contributing to improving the performance of the overall tourism industry, one of the key priorities of the INTERREG IVA Programme. By increasing the offer for high quality marine facilities in the area, it also builds on the strong cultural and economic linkages that exist between western Scotland, Northern Ireland and the west coast of Ireland, where marine tourism is a sector in expansion."
The project is supported by funds from the European Regional Development Fund. The Loughs Agency is lead partner in an Interreg IV programme that secured this funding for some much needed infrastructure. Details about marine leisure on the Foyle on www.loughs-agency.org or www.londonderryport.com
‘Lough Swilly Yacht Club successfully launched the 2010 boating season on Sunday. Commodore Paul McSorley welcomed members attending The Opening Day Lunch at the LSYC Clubhouse in Fahan, Co Donegal. New members along with long standing members enjoyed a splendid lunch with entertainment provided by local traditional musicians. Many of the young members were able to take the opportunity to launch the Club’s recently purchased Pico’s, which will be used for the Learn To Sail Courses to be run later in the summer.
In his welcome address, Paul McSorley, said, ‘We are delighted at the turn out today and welcome all, in particular our guests; Malcolm Houston, RNLI, Rosin McAnallen, Ocean Youth Trust and Karena Hanley, Rathmullan Sail Club. We look forward to a busy sailing season with our series of races, as well as many open events including, Tory Island, Foyle Days, and Swilly Worlds Regatta. New this season will be our WOW - ‘Women on Water’ Day, which is an initiative started by Irish Sailing Association to encourage more female participation in this sport.’
Come and Try It
Paul added,’The Club is hosting an Open Evening on Thursday, May 13, when the facilities will be available for those interested to try it for themselves. So bring friends, colleagues and give them a chance to enjoy the thrills of sailing on this spectacular lough’.
Tory Island Race June 5
Foyle Days June 12/13
WoW Day June 20
Melmore July 10
Swilly World Regatta July 31 – August 2
Commodore of Lough Swilly Yacht Club ( ) launching the Club’s new Pico Dinghies along with some of the young members at the Open Day held in Fahan, Co Donegal
For further information, check www.loughswillyyc.com or e-mail [email protected]