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Anecdotal evidence suggests that coronavirus restrictions have been a boost to wild Atlantic salmon returns in Irish rivers this year, as SeafoodSource reports. Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) says it is awaiting official data to support the suggestion that decreased predation…
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European fishing fleets could get a three-year transition period to prepare for Britain to have greater control of its waters post-Brexit, if a last-minute offer made in current trade negotiations helps to seal the deal. The Guardian reports on the…
Easkey Britton at her TEDxDublin talk in 2013
Despite her move into academia, Easkey Britton says she is still “in a surfing way of life”. The Donegal-reared women’s surfing pioneer was recently profiled by BBC Sport, and explained how her experiences on the waves put her “on the…
Host club Portmagee Rowing Club El Nino with David Hussey coxing, Aoife Lynch at stroke, Cliona Murphy 3rd, rachel Devane 2nd and Sorcha Lynch at bow
Coastal rowing is one of the fastest growing sports in the world, with Ireland at the forefront — and this showed in the competitive atmosphere at the Irish Offshore Rowing Championships, writes David Hussey. Portmagee Rowing Club El Nino in…
Fergus Farrell (left) and Damian Browne
Two extraordinary men are set to row a currach from the Aran island of Inis Oírr to Galway city this morning to highlight their bid to cross the Atlantic in 2022. Extreme adventurer and former professional rugby player Damian Browne…
€120K ‘Angling For All’ Fund To Support Youth & Novice Anglers
A new funding scheme to support novice anglers of all ages and backgrounds is now open for applications. Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) says the €120,000 ‘Angling for All’ fund will contribute between €2,000 and €5,000 for each qualifying project aimed…
Aberdeen’s inshore lifeboat Buoy Woody searches off Aberdeen Beach
Aberdeen’s two RNLI lifeboats launched minutes apart around 9am this morning (Sunday 27 September) to a report of two surfers in danger at the entrance to Aberdeen Harbour in Eastern Scotland. It emerged that the surfers had paddled out beyond…
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Plans to allow for the culling of seals by fishermen with high-powered rifles have been branded as “insane” by a conservation expert. According to the Irish Examiner, the Government is looking into the granting of licences that would permit fishermen…
Ireland’s men’s quad crew with their silver medals in Belgrade earlier today
Ireland’s men’s quad crew took silver at the 2020 European Rowing Junior Championships in Belgrade this weekend. Andrew Sheehan, Adam Murphy, Tom Kelly and Brian Colsh finished second in their A Final before claiming silver medals in their final this…
Bathers and beachgoers at Sandycove on Dublin Bay
Sea swimming’s explosion in popularity during the Covid-19 pandemic has led scientists to call for more rapid, detailed and year-round testing of bathing water quality. As The Sunday Times reports today, a campaign on risks to swimmers’ health in Dublin…
Inland Fisheries Ireland Appoints New Chief Executive
The board of Inland Fisheries Ireland has announced the appointment of Francis O’Donnell to the position of chief executive officer. O’Donnell is currently director of the Western River Basin District. He will take up his new position in the coming…
The IS&WFPO says the new system was “not just an attack on fishermen and women”, but “an attack on everything we as a society hold dear, on our independence and on our sovereignty”.
The Irish South and West Fish Producers’ Organisation (IS&WFPO) says it intends to initiate a constitutional challenge to the penalty points system for fishing offences introduced by the new government. Taoiseach Micheál Martin signed the system of administrative sanctions into…
LÉ William Butler Yeats (P63)
A French-registered fishing vessel has been detained by the Naval Service off the south-west coast. The LÉ William Butler Yeats (P63) detained the vessel for alleged breaches of fishing regulations after a boarding inspection approximately 11 nautical miles south-west of…
Cockles in an Irish supermarket
The Dubliners' ode to Irish shellfish in their song Molly Malone may have been relying on inaccurate information. New research by University College, Cork (UCC) scientists reports there is “inconsistent” data on the location of Irish cockles in previous studies. Cockles…
Canoe polo is a popular activity at Mullingar Harbour
Waterways Ireland advises all masters and users of the Royal Canal that canoe polo events will take place in the vicinity of the harbour in Mullingar this weekend, 27-28 September and the following Sunday, 4 October. Boat movements in the…
New Marine Minister Stresses Importance Of Protecting Ireland’s Fishing Industry In Brexit Negotiations
Ireland’s status as an island nation makes the future of our fishing industry of critical importance post-Brexit, the newly appointed Marine Minister has urged in Brussels. Minister Charlie McConalogue was speaking after his meeting yesterday (Tuesday 22 September) with EU…

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