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Skerries RNLI en route to Donabate on Saturday afternoon
Skerries RNLI’s volunteer crew were tasked on Saturday afternoon (28 November) after a call to emergency services reported concerns over a group of sea swimmers off Donabate. The Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat Louis Simson was launched shortly before 3pm to…
Irish vessel Ocean Venture II landing into Dingle harbour, Co Kerry, where large quantities of warm water anchovies have appeared in the past week
Sea temperatures may seem bracing for swimmers, but shoals of warm water anchovies have appeared in large numbers off the south-west coast. “Astonishing” is how Kerry-based fish expert Dr Kevin Flannery describes the volume of tiny oily fish, widely used…
Riparian management at the Glenamurra River in Delphi, Co Mayo
Since 2016, Inland Fisheries Ireland has awarded more than €4 million to over 200 sustainable angling projects across the country. Now more eligible community groups and angling clubs can apply for the latest round of grant funding available to sustainable…
The Irish fishing industry is in a particularly vulnerable position as Ireland shares its main fish stocks and its waters on three sides with the UK
The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue T.D, today attended a virtual meeting with EU Chief Negotiator Michel Barnier in relation to the current state of play in the negotiations on a fisheries agreement with the UK.…
Brexit Talks Continue After Barnier Offers UK Up To 18% of EU Fishing Quota for Trade Deal
Brexit trade talks are set to continue into the weekend after it was reported an offer was made by the European Union to return up to 18% of fish caught in UK waters. According to RTÉ News, the EU’s chief…
Aquabusiness graduates (from left to right) Dr Karen Hennessey, Head of CIT Wexford campus, James > Roche of Kilmore Quay (to graduate shortly), Amy Allen, course director,  HDip graduate Seamus O'Flaherty Jnr of Kilmore Quay, Dr Janette Davies, deputy head of Wexford Campus, Brian O'Loan, BIM Resource Development Officer,  and HDip graduate Carmen Bates of Duncannon.
Students from Norway and other countries are participating in a higher diploma in aquabusiness which is now in its fourth year in Wexford. A total of 19 students have registered for the one-year part-time diploma in “business in aquabusiness” which…
Inshore sprat fishing off Atlantic coast
Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue T.D., today chaired a meeting of the Sea Fisheries Liaison Group of Fisheries Stakeholders to discuss the European Commission’s proposal for Fishing Opportunities for 2021. The meeting was attended by fishing…
Farmer Fined €8,000 in Prosecution Over Slurry Discharge in Cork River Catchment
A Co Cork dairy farmer has been fined €8,000 at Midleton District Court following a prosecution taken by Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI). On Thursday 12 November, Brian Duncan pleaded guilty before Judge Patricia Harney to polluting the Douglas River at…
Local graduates from the Aquabusiness course in Wexford Campus celebrated receiving their diploma having gathered in Kilmore Quay (as pictured above). The harbour also includes a marina on the south-east coast.
Graduates from Wexford Campus' Aquabusiness course have celebrated the completion of their studies. As the Wexford People highlighted, this is the only course of its kind in the country, as the Higher Diploma in Business in Aquabusiness is now in…
It has been claimed up to 1.7 (one point seven) million tonnes of unwanted and juvenile fish was being discarded annually
A well-intentioned campaign by a celebrity chef to reduce dumping of unwanted fish in European waters has led to an increase in fishing quotas, according to new research. The “unintended impact” of the European ban on discarding fish may lead…
Open water swimmer Paddy McNamara
Experienced open water swimmer Paddy McNamara has appealed to people to be mindful of sea safety after he rescued a young man from Galway Bay yesterday. McNamara pulled the man in his early twenties from the water after he got…
Currently, harvesters are paid €55 a tonne for Ascophyllum nodosum
Hand-harvesting seaweed on the Irish Atlantic coast experienced an unexpected boost due to Covid-19, according to Canadian-owned seaweed company Arramara Teo. Construction workers with coastal connections opted to supplement incomes on the shoreline, and there are now large quantities in…
Wexford inshore fisherman, Michael Foley; each year is more and more challenging for the inshore fleet
If Fungie or any similar solo bottle-nosed dolphin had a notion to settle in an Irish harbour, they could be in stiff competition for feeding on sprat and juvenile herring. As The Irish Examiner reports today, there is mounting concern…
The Oliver's fishing boat approaches the swimmer spotted taking refuge on Palmer’s Rock, about 200 metres from shore.
Galway Harbour father and son Patrick and Morgan Oliver have recorded another rescue, saving a swimmer who got into difficulty off Salthill on Saturday morning. The Olivers were fishing off Salthill in Galway Bay on Saturday morning when a swimmer…
Margaret Cremen and Aoife Casey hopeful of qualifying in the Lightweight Women’s Double Scull (LW2X)
Irish Olympic rowing is enjoying an all-time high with four crews already set to compete in Tokyo next year. The boats that have secured berths so far are the Women’s Single (W1X), Women’s Pair (W2-), Men’s Double Scull (M2X) and…
Máire Treasa Ní Dhubhghaill, Presenter of Rugbaí BEO on TG4, launched the Christmas event #SwimWhereYouAre for COPE Galway, which will take place over 10 days from 21-30 December, at your nearest beach, wherever you are in the world.
"Swim where you are" is the message from a Galway charity which normally relies on Christmas Day sea swims for fundraising. Cope Galway is asking people both at home and abroad to register online and swim - or sponsor a…

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