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Marine Minister Barry Cowen pictured in the Dáil
Negotiations with the UK over future fisheries arrangements were the focus of the first meeting between Ireland’s new Marine Minister, Barry Cowen, and the EU Fisheries Commissioner this past week. Meeting virtually with Virginius Sinkevičius on Thursday (9 July) from…
Fish Health Controls in Ireland Show High Level of Compliance
The Marine Institute says that its fish health inspection and monitoring activities in 2018 and 2019 indicate that there is a high level of compliance with EU and national legislation, and as a result, Ireland continues to maintain its high…
St. Michael's coastal rowers are back on the water at Dun Laoghaire Harbour
With the clinking of oars and the rhythmic movement of the traditional skiff gliding through the water – St Michael’s Rowing Club of Dún Laoghaire are now back out on the water enjoying their first row of the season on…
LÉ William Butler Yeats (P63) on patrol
Irish Navy ship LÉ William Butler Yeats (P63) detained a French registered fishing vessel approximately 25 miles west off the Great Blasket Island this afternoon. The detention was in relation to alleged breaches of fishing regulations. LÉ William Butler Yeats…
Portroe Dive Centre reopened at the weekend after the coronavirus shutdown
Two brothers who died in a diving tragedy in Tipperary yesterday afternoon (Sunday 5 July) have been named locally as Fergus and Philip Brophy. The incident occurred at the Portroe Dive Centre, in a former quarry near Lough Derg, which…
The Brompton Goose pictured centre with sea swimmers on Belfast Lough
Northern Ireland’s coastline is dotted with cold water swimmers who go out no matter what the weather or temperature. The group who swim near Jenny Watts Cave just past Wilson’s Point at Bangor on Belfast Lough are known as the…
Shellfish Pickers Warned Over Toxicity Levels
The public has been warned against against recreational gathering of shellfish such as mussels, clams, cockles or oysters over increased levels of illness-causing toxins. Routine shellfish monitoring by the Marine Institute along South West and West coasts detected increased levels…
Local produce from Mulroy Bay Mussels. The County Donegal firm were awarded €75,900 in the Sustainable Aquaculture Scheme to invest in new handling equipment
The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Barry Cowen T.D. today announced €3.4 million in new investment by 15 aquaculture enterprises, with his Department’s European Maritime and Fisheries Fund Programme providing grants of €1,282,277. Minister Cowen said, “I am…
Dun Laoghaire RNLI rescued an angler from Dublin Bay after a fall from the West Pier
Dun Laoghaire Harbour RNLI rescued an angler who had slipped and fallen into the water at Dun Laoghaire’s West Pier today (Tuesday 30 June) The volunteer lifeboat crew were paged following a report made to the Irish Coast Guard that…
File image of the Obelisk Bridge which crosses the River Boyne near Townley Hall
Independent.ie reports that a man has died in an incident while fishing on the River Boyne near Townley Hall, outside Drogheda yesterday afternoon, Saturday 27 June. It’s understood that a man in his 30s was taken from the river two…
A new initiative at Ballyholme wants to give a voice to Stann Up Paddleboarders and other watersports at the club
Ballyholme Yacht Club is planning to form a Sub Committee to ensure members who are interested in Standup Paddleboarding, Sea Swimming, Kayaking and Windsurfing have a voice. Before the Lockdown the club had plans in place for a new Social…
Portaferry and Newcastle RNLI working with Rescue 116 to rescue the crew of the grounded fishing boat in October 2019
The need for formal navigation planning has been highlighted in a Marine Casualty Investigation Board (MCIB) report on the sinking of a West Cork fishing vessel in Ardglass harbour, Co Down last year. The report on the sinking of the…
Gangway on MFV Olgarry to shore in Killybegs, which was the subject of a recent MCIB investigation
The latest Marine Notice from the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport reminds fishing crews of the dangers associated with boarding and transiting across vessels, especially under the influence of alcohol. The move is in response to recent reports from…
The fastest sculler, Andrew Sheehan, from the Shanty Sprints at the weekend
As part of the COVID-19 Back to Rowing protocol, the Cork rowing clubs, Shandon Boat Club, Lee Rowing Club and Cork Boat Club, have organised the Shanty Sprints, a series of events for single scullers. The initial race is a…
Sea swimmers should be mindful of rip currents, which are especially strong during a new moon
Water Safety Ireland is warning that the risk of drownings will be higher this weekend due to the higher tides that will be caused by a new moon on Sunday, June 21st. It is appealing to the public to wear…
The hull of the FV Aisling Patrick, which capsized off Mayo in the spring of 2018, washed ashore in western Scotland weeks later
The Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport has issued an amendment related to stability requirements in the Code of Practice for Small Fishing Vessels of less than 15m length overall. The Code of Practice is currently under review, and a…

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