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Sean Moroney - a trawler-man of Kilmore Quay: Can the politicians of London and Brussels really kick them out of the waters that they have fished all their lives?
As efforts continue to agree a final Brexit deal, two Wexford fishermen have outlined on RTÉ Radio Countrywide how devastating loss of access to British waters will be. British prime minister Boris Johnson met European Commission president Ursula von der…
Wide Gap Still to Close in Fisheries Rights as Crunch Brexit Talks Continue
Fishing rights remain a contentious issue as Brexit talks continue, with Britain lowering its demands on catches by EU fleets — but still far above Brussels’ recent offer. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier made…
Foyle & Carlingford Anglers Urged to Make 2020 Catch Returns to Support Scientific Research
The Loughs Agency is reminding anglers in the Foyle and Carlingford areas to log and submit their angling effort, catches and releases for the 2020 season. Rod licences for salmon and sea trout in Foyle and Carlingford come with a…
Co Galway Dairy Prosecuted Over Pollution of Deerpark River
A Co Galway dairy has been fined €1,000 following a successful prosecution for river pollution by Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI). At a sitting of Ballinasloe District Court on Thursday 1 October, it was heard that on 24 October 2019, IFI…
Rugby playersOcean rowers - Damian Browne and Fergus FarrellListen to the podcast below
Former professional rugby player and Galway adventurer Damian Browne and his lifelong friend and fellow rugby player Fergus Farrell are attempting to set a new Guinness world record in an unsupported row across the Atlantic in two years’ time. It…
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…

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