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Angling Council of Ireland Elects President
The Angling Council of Ireland (ACI) elected its first president at an event in Dublin recently. The Irish Times reports that Hugh O'Rourke, who has served as ACI secretary since its inception in 2002, was elected unanimously as head of…
Coveney to Focus on Future of Coastal Communities
Simon Coveney TD, Minister for Agriculture, Marine and Food yesterday, 21st March, held a bilateral meeting with Minister Rosa Aguilar, Minister of Environment, Rural and Maritime Affairs in Madrid to discuss the planned reform of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP)…
European Commission Penalise Spanish for Over-fishing
In a move to protect dwindling fish stocks, the European Commission recently took decisive action by significantly reducing Spain's mackerel quotas over the next few years as a result of over-fishing. This over-fishing of mackerel by the Spanish has been…
New National Diving Officer Elected
On an annual basis an election is held by the Irish Underwater Council to elect its officers for the forthcoming year, the most important of these positions is that of the National Diving Officer and is considered a very prestigous…
Skills Tested on New Lagan Canoe Slalom
The BBC News website has video of a new Olympic-style slalom course on the River Lagan for canoeists to test their skills. The professional facility was constructed at Shaws Bridge by local enthusiasts who have been training on the Lagan…
K1 Sprint Head-to-Head in Prosperous Next Weekend
The Irish Canoe Union will host a sprint head-to-head regatta in Kildare next weekend. All canoeists in classes K1 200m and 500m are welcome to take part in the event, on the Grand Canal in Prosperous on Saturday 26 March…
Four In-A-Row for UCD in Gannon Cup
UCD beat Trinity by four and a half lengths in the Gannon Rowing Cup for senior men on the river Liffey in Dublin yesterday. It was their fourth consecutive Gannon and it headed up a clean sweep of colours titles…
Irish Kayakers to Debut at Special Olympics
Irish kayakers will make their debut at the Special Olympics World Games in Athens this summer. They will be part of a 126-strong team representing Ireland at the games, which was celebrated by new Minister for Sport Leo Varadkar at…
IWT Welcomes EU Ban on Fish Discards
The Irish Wildlife Trust has welcomed the proposed EU ban on discarding fish as part of the Common Fisheries Policy. The organisation said it was a "vital step" towards "restoring the ecological balance in Irish seas". IWT chairman Pádraic Fogarty…
Pest Control at Salmon Farms 'Insufficient'
Scientists have expressed disappointment after the publication of a report into strategies for improved pest control in Ireland's salmon farms. According to The Irish Times, experts from Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) said the findings of the National Implementation Group were…
Queen's and Portora Impress at Erne Head
Two men’s senior eights from Queen's University slotted into the first two slots at the Erne Rowing Head of the River at Enniskillen. The junior 18 quadruple of the host club, Portora, had a fine result, finishing joint eighth overall.…
UK's National Fishing Month Proves Bigger and Better
In the UK, National Fishing Month 2010 was a resounding success with 330 events taking place across the country attracting over 13,500 participants of all ages, ethnic backgrounds and social profiles. Research complied by Substance from a sample of 11%…
Deadliest Catch Star Warns of Threat to Small-Boat Fishing
The Common Fisheries Policy will wipe out coastal communities in Ireland, according to a star of TV's Deadliest Catch. Corey Arnold, who was in Galway today to speak at the Irish Skipper Expo, has spent time working with small-boat fishermen…
UCD Rule the Waves at Dublin Head
UCD’s men’s senior eight was the fastest rowing crew of the 35 which competed at the Dublin Head of the River. The conditions were surprisingly choppy, even in relatively light winds. The Dublin college also won the novice eights pennant,…
New Fisheries Protection Vessel for Northern Ireland
A new fisheries protection vessel (FPV) for Northern Ireland was commissioned in a ceremony presided by the fisheries Minister Michelle Gildernew MP, MLA in Bangor Harbour on Thursday, writes Jehan Ashmore. The Banríon Uladh which cost £2.2m (with 50% funding…
Tackling the Wasteful Practice of Discarding Fish at Sea
Mr Brendan Smith, Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries & Food, today outlined Ireland's proposals for dealing with the complex issue of fish discarding at a joint meeting of European Fisheries Ministers and the European Parliament organised by Commissioner Maria Damanaki, the…

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