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SCUBA divers dressed in Santa suits congregate in the water in a harbour as a rigid inflatable lifeboat passes behind
This Sunday 11 December, SCUBA divers dressed in Santa suits will once again dive into the sea water at Bulloch Harbour in Dalkey to raise money for the RNLI, the charity that saves lives at sea. The annual diving event…
Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Charlie McConalogue today welcomed the decision by the EU Commission to adopt the European Maritime, Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund (EMFAF) Programme 2021-27 for Ireland.
Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Charlie McConalogue today welcomed the decision by the EU Commission to adopt the European Maritime, Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund (EMFAF) Programme 2021-27 for Ireland. “I am pleased to announce that today the EU…
Attending the launch of the NMCI Seafarers Conference 2023, which takes place on February 23rd in the Castletroy Park Hotel, Limerick, sponsored by the Simply Blue Group were Minister for Agriculture, Food and Marine, Charlie McConalogue, TD, (centre) with Capt. Brian Fitzgerald and Marie Gleeson of the Simply Blue Group
The National Maritime College of Ireland (NMCI) is to host its second annual seafarers’ conference on the theme of offshore wind and the fishing industry in Limerick next February. The hybrid event is sponsored by Simply Blue Group, the offshore…
File image of fishing vessels in Howth Harbour
The Department of Transport is currently drafting new regulations entitled “Fishing Vessels (Certification of Deck Officers and Engineer Officers) Regulations”, which will revoke and replace the current regulations, titled Fishing Vessels (Certification of Deck Officers and Engineer Officers) Regulations, 1988…
Ireland’s blue whiting fish stocks are worth over €160m
"Political engagement" is required to resolve the row over Norway’s bid for “unfettered access” to Irish fishing waters, according to Fine Gael MEP Colm Markey. Irish fishing bodies have asked the EU to suspend talks on Norway’s bid for access…
Trawlers at Killybegs Harbour in County Donegal
Fishing vessels have been forced to withdraw from a shore side energy supply, due to a threatened 378 per cent increase in prices. The shoreside scheme for larger vessels in Irish fishery harbours aimed to reduce harmful emissions from diesel…
A large bluefin tuna is landed on deck. Large numbers of bluefin tuna have been reported by fishermen off the Irish west coast of Ireland in recent years
Minister for Marine Charlie McConalogue has promised to seek a quota of bluefin tuna for Ireland at the December EU fisheries council. Large numbers of bluefin tuna have been reported by fishermen off the Irish west coast in recent years,…
Two fishing rods with reels and tackle, set up at a river bank
Salmon and sea trout licences for 2023 are now available for immediately purchase through the Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) online shop. Hard-copy licences will be available from distributors around the country over the coming weeks, adds the State body for…
Paschal Hayes, Executive Chairperson, SFPA said:“We welcome confirmation from the EU Commission that the draft Sea-Fisheries Control Plan submitted in September 2022 has now been approved and will come into effect on January 1st, 2023
The European Commission has approved a new fisheries control plan for Ireland, according to the State’s regulator. The Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA) says that the new control plan will allow Ireland’s fisheries sector benefit from a derogation which provides an…
Rowers at Stella Maris RC in Dublin put in the kilometres on their ergometers as part of the 24-hour fundraising challenge on Saturday 26 November
East Coast rowing clubs pooled their efforts to row more than 3,200km in 24 hours and raise more than €20,500 in aid of a young cancer patient from Blackrock. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, St Michael’s Rowing Club members spearheaded…
Irish Fish Producers Organisation chief executive Aodh O Donnell (left) meets EU Fisheries Commissioner, Virginijus Sinkevičius (right), in Brussels. Also pictured is Fine Gael MEP, Colm Markey, second left
The Irish Fish Producers Organisation (IFPO) has met the EU Fisheries Commissioner in Brussels to demand they reject Norway’s request for unilateral access to Ireland’s blue whiting grounds. The demand comes as ongoing Norway-EU fisheries negotiations run over time, partly…
Rowers taking part in the Head of the Shannon in 2019
Waterways Ireland advises all masters of vessels and waterway users on the Shannon Navigation that the Head of the Shannon rowing event will take place in Carrick-on-Shannon this Saturday 3 December. The event will take place downstream of Carrick bridge…
The monitoring by Ireland’s Marine Institute has found that mercury levels of fish and shellfish landed at Irish ports are low and “well within the EU human-consumption tolerance level
Levels of mercury in fish landed in Ireland are very low and fish is safe for consumption by the general population, latest available data finds. This will be “comforting for the Irish seafood industry and consumers alike”, Prof Ronan Gormley…
Dun Laoghaire’s Coal Harbour already hosts the BigStyle stand-up paddleboarding school
Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council is offering an exciting opportunity for watersports providers to occupy premises in Dun Laoghaire Harbour. The move is part of an effort by the local authority, which took control of the harbour in 2018, to grow…
Its annual report for 2021 records how it monitored over 47,000 landings of commercially caught sea fish valued at over €435 million
The Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA) says there was a "low level of non-compliance" by the Irish fishing industry last year.  Its annual report for 2021 records how it monitored over 47,000 landings of commercially caught sea fish, valued at over…
Mackerel freshly caught and piled up for sale
Mercury levels of fish and shellfish landed by fishing boats at Irish ports are low and well within EU guidelines for human consumption, as underscored by a recent briefing from UCD’s Institute of Food and Health. However, as Derek Evans…

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