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A charity angling match at Loughgall Lake
Plans by Armagh’s council to restock Loughgall Lake with £12,000 worth of carp have been deemed insufficient by local anglers. According to ArmaghI, the Loughgall Carp Anglers group believes night angling catch rates would rise — and its membership would…
File image of the Irish Coast Guard
A multi-agency operation was launched to rescue a kayaker trapped in a river gorge in Co Clare yesterday afternoon (Saturday 15 February). As TheJournal.ie reports, the kayaker was one of a group who got into difficulty on the Allie River…
The survey is being carried out from the RV Celtic Explorer
The first and second leg of 2020’s Irish Anglerfish and Megrim Survey will be carried out from next weekend off the West, South West and South Coasts of Ireland by the Marine Institute, in fulfilment of Ireland’s Common Fisheries Policy…
Sligo and New Ross Heads Forced into Cancellation
Sligo has joined New Ross in cancelling their Head of the River. Both rowing events were scheduled for this Saturday (February 15th), and both fell to the forecast of stormy weather. In recent weeks, Muckross and Lagan Scullers’ heads were…
 Oystercatchers - From left to right Teresa Morrissey, IFA Aquaculture, BIM’s chief executive, Jim O’Toole and Patricia Daly, BIM
Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), Ireland’s Seafood Development Agency, in association with IFA Aquaculture, is hosting a two-day seminar today (Thursday 13th February 2020) for members of Ireland’s vibrant oyster farming sector, valued at €43million according to the latest (2018) Business…
Irish Surfing Launches Crowdfunding Campaign For Live Scoring Display
Irish Surfing has launched a crowdfunding campaign to purchase a live scoring system for competitive events. The national governing body for surfing in Ireland is already nearly a third of the way towards the €6,000 goal for the priority display…
Bluefin Tuna in Donegal Bay
A new scientific catch and release tagging programme for Atlantic bluefin tuna will authorise up to 25 qualifying angling skippers to participate, Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) says. As Afloat reported yesterday, the new Tuna CHART (Catch and Release Tagging) programme…
Tagged bluefin tuna in Donegal Bay in 2019
Building on the success of last year’s Tuna CHART (CatcH And Release Tagging) pilot programme, a bluefin tuna research catch-and-release fishery for Ireland will operate in 2020. A maximum of 25 authorisations may be granted to qualifying angling charter vessel…
File image of a salmon smolt
Last week the Loughs Agency visited local primary schools in the Foyle and Carlingford areas as part of the Salmon Ambassadors programme. The programme, which forms part of the legacy of 2019’s International Year of the Salmon, will see the…
Kayaker John Medlow and his dinghy on the River Bann
It started in August last year when Northern Ireland man Jon Medlow noticed the amount of rubbish floating downstream while kayaking in the River Bann near Portadown. Just a few months later, as BBC News reports, and he’s removed almost…
Philip Doyle takes a picture of the new Irish record
The Afloat Rowers of the Month for January are Sanita Puspure, Philip Doyle and Paul O’Donovan, all of whom set new Irish records at the Irish Indoor Rowing Championships.  Puspure’s times have been good for years, but the world champion…
The fishing vessel Polaris, which suffered hull failure off the west coast of the Isle of Man last November
RNLI fishing safety manager Frankie Horne has urged the fishing community to avail of safety training that is on offer for their crews and to ensure that their safety equipment is up to date. It comes after the skipper of…
The Lagan on race day
The Lagan Scullers’ Head of the River, set for Saturday, has been cancelled. The forecast today stated that severe weather, with a yellow wind warning, could hit Belfast at noon on Saturday. This would have forced the cancellation of at…
Inland Fisheries Ireland Seeks Submissions for Corporate Plan 2020-2025
Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI), the state agency responsible for Ireland’s inland fisheries, invites submissions for its new Corporate Plan 2020-2025. The consultation process is an opportunity for members of the public to have an input into the formulation of Inland…
Surfing in County Mayo
Top student surfers will gather in Mayo in early March for the Surf Intervarsities 2020 when hosts Galway-Mayo Institute of TechnologyI(GMIT) hope to secure a “three in a row” national title writes Lorna Siggins Up to 200 surfers are expected…
Albatrosses, like this wandering albatross seen off Tasmania, range over huge areas of ocean and regularly circle the globe
A team of scientists in France are ‘recruiting’ albatrosses to monitor fishing fleets in the ocean for illegal activity. Smithsonian Magazine reports on the findings of a new study detailing efforts to tag the “sentinels of the sea” with tiny…

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