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Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), Ireland’s Seafood Development Agency, has appointed Caroline Bocquel as its interim CEO. Caroline Bocquel currently holds the role of BIM, Director of Corporate Services, having joined the organisation in 2021. She previously held the role of…
The BIM report, for 2021, says that the data indicates an increase in landings by weight from 2020 (+6%) and a decrease in value of landings (-7.5%) due to decreasing fish prices and changes in quota allocation
Bord Iascaigh Mhara has confirmed the serious economic situation for the Irish fishing industry. In its annual report, the State fisheries board says there will be a decrease in landings, revenue and profitability. It says, "In the long-term, decommissioning will…
Marine Minister Charlie McConalogue
Marine Minister Charlie McConalogue T.D, today delivered a record Budget provision for the seafood sector and coastal communities for 2023 of €335 million. The allocation represents a 62% increase in funding from 2022. This covers fisheries, aquaculture, seafood processing, fishery…
BIM’s National Seafood Survey provides insights into the status of Ireland’s catching sector on an annual basis. It is an integral part of fisheries’ performance data reporting to the EU. Based on the most recent survey returns the Annual Fisheries…
An unallocated five million euro in the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund could be used as a support measure, with EU approval, the organisations have pointed out
Fishing industry representatives have said they are “ confounded and disappointed” by the Government’s repeated refusal to draw down EU-approved fuel aid for the Irish fleet. As Afloat reported previously, the Irish Fish Producers’ Organisation (IFPO) and Irish Fish Processors’…
An inshore fishing vessel on Dublin Bay
Fishing industry representatives say they are confounded and disappointed by the Government’s repeated refusal to draw down EU fuel aid. They met with the Minister for the Marine on Friday and urged him to secure the existing EU aid to…
Competitors in a previous Liffey Swim
The annual Liffey Swim was held in Dublin city centre on Saturday (24 September) with nearly 500 people taking part, as RTÉ News reports. Dublin Swimming Club’s Ken Dent took the men’s honours, leading from the outset and setting a…
Paul O'Donovan and Fintan McCarthy (left) do it again, winning gold and retaining their World title at the 2022 World Rowing Championships in Racice, Czech Republic
Two more medals are coming home to Ireland from the Rowing World Championship in the Czech Republic, with a Gold for the Lightweight Men's double and a Bronze for the Lightweight Women's Double. Tight racing had two crews racing in the…
File image of Marine Minister Charlie McConalogue, pictured at the launch event for Food Vision 2020
Minister Charlie McConalogue met on Friday (23 September) with representatives of the broad seafood sector covering the fishing fleet, aquaculture and processing, providing an update on progress on the implementation of the recommendations of the Seafood Task Force. Minister McConalogue…
Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), Ireland’s Seafood Development Agency has today (Friday, 23 September) announced an extension to the Brexit Voluntary Permanent Cessation ( ‘decommissioning’ scheme) for fishing vessels. The new deadline is 5pm, Friday 18 November. BIM has also announced…
Katie O'Brien wins gold for Ireland at the World Rowing Championships in the PR2 W1x division
Katie O'Brien is the 2022 PR2 W1x World Rowing Champion! The first day of the finals in the Czech Republic has got off to a good start, with a gold medal in Ireland's pocket already. O'Brien showed fierce strength from…
Just over half of fishers interviewed said they do not always wear their PFD at sea
Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), Ireland’s Seafood Development Agency, has partnered up with the RNLI to deliver a series of one-day Man Overboard experiences aimed at Irish Fishers this autumn. The aim is to highlight the importance of wearing a correctly…
Issues were highlighted by Michael Mulloy from IFA Aquaculture at this week’s Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture hearing on Wednesday, September 21st
Aquaculture businesses will “no longer be profitable” without significant supports to cope with “spiralling input costs”, a Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture has heard. The issues were highlighted by a delegation from IFA Aquaculture at this week’s committee hearing on…
The Para Mixed Double of Katie O'Brien and Steven McGowen were first up to qualify for their A Final this morning
Today has been the busiest day yet for Ireland, with 11 crews racing at the World Rowing Championships in the Czech Republic. There are now five crews into the A Finals, where they will race for the medals over the…
Fair Seas Sand Art: A huge message in the sand in Co. Waterford calling for 30% of Ireland's seas to be protected by 2030 to give our species, habitats and coastal communities the opportunity to thrive. Sand Artist: Sean Corcoran, The Art Hand. Location: Kilmurrin Beach, Co. Waterford
A coalition of Ireland’s leading environmental non-governmental organisations and networks says progress is beginning to be made towards protecting some of the most vulnerable ecosystems within Irish waters. Fair Seas has welcomed a decision by the European Commission to close…
Ros-a-Mhíl harbour, where fish landings by Irish vessels are falling
Several leading Aran Island fishers have spoken of how impossible it is for family businesses to continue fishing due to Brexit-related quota losses and escalating fuel costs. Interviewed on RTÉ Radio 1 Countrywide, John and Mary Conneely outlined the struggle…

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