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Mick Moriarty, Army officer and pioneer of diving in Ireland
Tributes have been paid to Col Michael Moriarty, one of the pioneers of scuba diving in Ireland, who died earlier this month. As The Sunday Independent reports, wetsuits were unheard of when he took up diving, and he once described…
Zebra mussels
Fishery officers from the Loughs Agency recently observed zebra mussels (Dreissena polymorpha) near Victoria Lock at the Newry Canal. Zebra mussels are an invasive non-native Species (INNS), meaning they have been transported outside of their natural geographic range only to…
St Michael’s Rowing Club members are ready to #RowForAlice on Saturday 26 November
East Coast rowing clubs are undertaking the challenge of rowing around Ireland in 24 hours on indoor rowing machines in aid of Alice Hayes, a nine-year-old girl from Blackrock who has been diagnosed with neuroblastoma, an aggressive type of cancer.…
Joint Committee on Environment and Climate Action's Report on Biodiversity was published this month
An Oireachtas committee has said that greater consultation with the fishing industry must be “facilitated” to provide better planning around marine protected areas (MPAs) and offshore wind farms. In a report on biodiversity loss, the Joint Committee on Environment and…
Four girls from Enniskillen Royal Grammar School rowing a racing boat on the River Erne
Waterways Ireland advises masters of vessels and waterway users on the Erne System that the Fours Head of The River Rowing Race, organised by Enniskillen Royal Grammar School, will take place on Saturday 19 November. The race will start at…
Smooth Point Quay at Killybegs Fishery Harbour Centre
The Department of Transport has been advised that the Marine Engineering Division of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine is undertaking dredging and quay construction works at Smooth Point in Killybegs Fishery Harbour Centre, Co Donegal. As previously…
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Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) is working on a new Customer Charter and Action Plan for 2023 to 2025 — and welcomes public input on its drafting. Customer charters are short statements describing the level of service that you can expect…
Norway demands EU give them unilateral access to blue whiting in Irish Waters
The Irish fishing industry is being threatened with another major impact on its waters This is from Norway a non-EU Membet State which wants to get its fleet into Irish waters to fish for the valuable blue whiting. Norway has…
A man of many interests and achievements – the late Colonel Mick Moriarty
Colonel Michael Moriarty, known to most people as Mick, passed away on Thursday, November 3rd, aged ninety. He was a very affable, kind, and generous-hearted man, and all who knew him would agree that he was a fine gentleman who…
Ireland’s submission to Brussels says there is a “compelling case” for a deeper review of the CFP
Ireland has said that the European Commission will be “at odds with best practice” if it fails to make legislative changes to its Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). Ireland’s submission to Brussels says there is a “compelling case” for a deeper…
Ulster Windsurfing Championships on Ballyholme Bay
That Scottish word dreich aptly described the weather at Ballyholme Bay on Belfast Lough the last weekend in October – wet, dull and dreary – but livened up by the colourful windsurfers and wingfoils.They were there for the Ulster Windsurfing…
The Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine (DAFM) has said there is no flexibility with the Brexit Compensation - suggesting that money will have to be refunded if it is not spent.
EU funds to compensate for the impact of Brexit on the fishing industry and other sectors must be spent by the end of December 2023. The Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine (DAFM) has said there is no flexibility with…
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Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) says it is progressing its plans to develop a new modern fish farm facility in Co Tipperary based on ‘recirculating aquaculture system’ (RAS) technology. The new aquaculture project will be located in Roscrea and it will…
Belfast canoeist, Alistair McCreery who has been awarded £500 as part of the Hughes Insurance bursary programme in partnership with Mary Peters Trust
Alistair McCreery, a 24-year-old canoeist from East Belfast, is the sixth athlete to have been awarded a £500 bursary as part of the ongoing Hughes Insurance partnership with the Mary Peters Trust. The £5,000 bursary programme is now in its second…
A Post-Brexit Future for UK Fishing: Voices from Parliament
Significant “negative impacts” of Brexit on the British fishing industry have been highlighted in a video released by the British All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Fisheries. Seven of its group’s members outline what a post-Brexit future for the British fishing…
The Maritime Observatory (MO), a British organisation, uses satellite technology, artificial intelligence and local intelligence sources to monitor twelve shipwreck sites
Dutch Inspectorate and Cultural Heritage Agency award contract to the Maritime Observatory to continue monitoring important underwater heritage sites The Information and Heritage Inspectorate and Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands (RCE), both part of the Ministry of Education, Culture…

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