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The Altagoan joins the Moyola River northeast of Draperstown
#FishKill - A bio-renewables plant has been fined £1,600 over a fish kill in an important salmon and trout angling catchment in Co Derry over a year ago, according to BBC News. J&A Renewables was found to have allowed a…
Newcastle RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat Eleanor and Bryant Girling
#RNLI - Newcastle RNLI rescued six fishermen in a callout that lasted 12 hours on Monday 5 February. At 3.10pm, Newcastle’s volunteer crew were alerted to Belfast  Coastguard’s request for a lifeboat to assist a fishing vessel breakdown 15 miles…
Aileen Crowley, Sanita Puspure, Fiona Murtagh and Aifric Keogh, medal winners at the Indoor Championships.
#Rowing: The Afloat Rower of the Month for January is Sanita Puspure. The Old Collegians competitor produced a creditable time of six minutes 39.8 seconds for 2,000 metres at the Irish Indoor Rowing Championships. Sam McKeown beat his own time…
Inland Fisheries Ireland CEO Ciaran Byrne (left) with Minister Sean Kyne at Inland Fisheries Ireland Citywest offices
Sean Kyne TD, Minister with responsibility for the Inland Fisheries Sector today welcomed Inland Fisheries Ireland‘s announcement that, at a positive and constructive meeting of its Fish Farming Working Group, it was confirmed by IFI that they will continue to…
Hamish Adams
#Rowing: Rowing Ireland chief executive Hamish Adams is to leave his post to take over as chief executive of Athletics Ireland in May.  Adams had done the job for five years, arriving after a time of disruption and steadying the…
Bill Likely with his prized catch at the Drowes Fishery in Co Leitrim
#Angling - Inland Fisheries Ireland has confirmed that the first spring salmon of 2018 was caught earlier this week in Co Leitrim. Well-known local angler Bill Likely landed the 7.5lb salmon on the River Drowes on Tuesday 30 January. The…
Sebastian Steudtner riding the big wave off Nazaré on 18 January
#Surfing - German big wave surfer Sebastian Steudtner has set an unofficial record for the biggest swell ever surfed. As the Washington Post reports, Steudtner was filmed a fortnight ago surfing a wall of water off Nazaré in Portugal that’s…
Dutch Want Certainty For Post-Brexit Fishing Policy
#Fishing - The Netherlands has demanded certainty for Europe’s fishing industry after the UK’s withdrawal from the Common Fisheries Policy, as The Guardian reports. Dutch fisheries minister Carola Schouten called on UK environment secretary Michael Gove to provide a formal…
Public Consultations Conservation Proposals For Razor Clams In North Irish Sea & Brown Crab
#Fishing - Marine Minister Michael Creed has announced that following proposals made by the National Inshore Fisheries Forum, two public consultations will be held on conservation measures for razor clams in the North Irish Sea and brown crab in Irish…
Dave McGowan (right) with Antonio Maurogiovanni.
#Rowing: David McGowan from Australia will be the new Ireland heavyweight coach. As an athlete he competed in the Australia four which finished fourth in the Olympic Games in Athens in 2004. As a coach he had a successful run…
Plans for the Owenriff involve removing pike to help recovery of an important spawning tributary of Lough Corrib
#Angling - Sean Kyne, Minister of State with responsibility for the inland fisheries sector, has announced that Inland Fisheries Ireland will shortly commence fish stock management operations on the Owenriff catchment near Oughterard in Co Galway. The measures to protect…
Gary O'Donovan and Paul O'Donovan
#Rowing: Paul and Gary O’Donovan finished sixth in the Premier Double Sculls Final at the North Island Club Championships on Lake Karapiro in New Zealand today. Earlier, Paul O’Donovan had finished sixth of eight in the Premier Single Sculls, while…
Paul O'Donovan
#Rowing: Paul O’Donovan finished sixth of the eight competitors who reached the A Final of the Premier Single Sculls at the North Island Club Rowing Championships in New Zealand. Robbie Manson, the top heavyweight single sculler won. Gary O’Donovan took…
The pilot boat, like this one, was set alight and sunk just two weeks after delivery
#Fishing - “An attack on fishermen” is how the Lough Neagh Fishermen’s Co-operative described the the loss of their new fishing patrol boat by arson, as BelfastLive reports. The pilot boat was delivered to the co-op only two weeks before…
Paul O'Donovan
#Rowing: Paul O’Donovan qualified for the Final of the Premier Single Sculls, a heavyweight event, at the North Island Championships in New Zealand today. The Skibbereen man finished second in his repechage, behind New Zealand international Matthew Dunham and ahead…
Mark O'Donovan and Shane O'Driscoll
Mark O’Donovan and Shane O’Driscoll finished fourth in their Repechage at the North Island Rowing Championships in New Zealand and did not make the final of the Premier Pair. The two, rowing for the first time in competition as a…

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