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West Cork trawlerman Adrian Bendon, Marine Minister Michael Creed and Jim O’Toole, chief executive of Bord Iascaigh Mhara launching the Clean Oceans Initiative in Union Hall earlier this year
Marine Minister Michael Creed has welcomed the increase in trawlers and other fishing boats now signed up to Ireland’s Clean Oceans Initiative. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the initiative involves fishermen storing and returning to land marine plastics that come…
#Rowing: Enniskillen, Kenmare and the host club all had notable results at the giant Castleconnell Head of the River today. Enniskillen’s girls’ eights were fastest at junior 18, junior 16 and junior 15 level – and their junior 18 women’s…
A potato grouper in the Coral Sea off Australia being cleaned by two bluestreak wrasses
Campaigners against salmon farms have raised concerns over the state of Irish wrasse stocks after it was confirmed the fish have been taken en masse to help clean lice from farmed salmon. As Donegal News reports, a number of salmon…
Blessington Lakes
#Rowing: The Neptune Head of the River, scheduled for Saturday, November 2nd, at Blessington Lakes, has been cancelled. The entry was low and the organisers decided not to go ahead. The Castleconnell Head, set for next Saturday, Ocober 2nd, has…
Portaferry and Newcastle RNLI working with Rescue 116 to rescue the crew of the grounded fishing boat
Five crew were rescued from a fishing vessel that ran aground on rocks on approach to Ardglass Harbour early yesterday morning (Wednesday 23 October). Portaferry and Newcastle RNLI’s volunteer lifeboat crews launched to assist after a Mayday call from the…
John McCartney of the Loughs Agency speaking at the conference in Omagh last month
Collective work between scientists and the angling community for the survival of salmon in the cross-border catchments of Foyle and Carlingford was to the fore at the recent conference in Omagh hosted by the Loughs Agency. Stark warnings over the decline…
Smart Net Management focus of BIM and ISWFPO workshop in Castletownbere
Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), Ireland’s seafood development agency, and the Irish South and West Fishermen’s Producers Organisation (ISWFPO) co-hosted a net management workshop in Castletownbere, West Cork this month. The aim of the day-long event, attended by a cross -section…
Due to the migratory patterns of Bluefin tuna, there has been little activity in the South and South West this year
While there is no sport or commercial fishery for Bluefin tuna in Ireland, a pilot Bluefin Tuna Data Collection Programme has been developed by Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) and the Marine Institute (MI) in partnership with the Sea Fisheries Protection…
File image of Bundoran RNLI’s inshore lifeboat
A diving group stranded off the Donegal coast when their dive boat broke down were rescued by the Bundoran RNLI lifeboat crew yesterday afternoon (Sunday 20 October) Receiving the call from Malin Head Coast Guard shortly before 1pm, the lifeboat crew, who…
The RNLI All-Weather lifeboat located the casualties south-east of the Muglins Rock fifteen minutes after launching
Two scuba divers were rescued on Dublin Bay this afternoon by Dun Laoghaire RNLI after the pair became separated from their boat. The incident occurred shortly before 3 pm when the divemaster on the surface reported the overdue divers to…
The Irish Masters Eight in Boston
#Rowing: Jack Dorney (18) finished third in the Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston today. The Shandon man, defending his title in the men’s youth singles, was beaten by the winner, Nicholas Aronow, and second-placed Isaiah Harrison.  In the…
Ronan Foley, Jon Simmons and Jenny Egan
#Canoeing: Ronan Foley and Jonathan Simmons took 14th place in the men’s K2 at the canoe marathon World Championships in Shaoxing in China today. Quentin Urban and Jeremy Candy of France won in under two hours, while Simmons, a former…
Jenny Egan
#Canoeing: Jenny Egan took fourth at the canoe marathon World Championships in Shaoxing in China. The long race, over 26.2 km, saw the Irish K1 paddler miss out on the bronze, which was taken by Lizzie Broughton of Britain. Hungary’s…
Demersal trawls will be carried out from the RV Celtic Explorer from 31 October to 14 December
The annual Irish Groundfish Survey (IGFS 2019) will take place off the North, West and South Coasts for six weeks from 31 October. Carried out by the Marine Institute, the IGFS is a demersal trawl survey consisting of around 170…
Mackerel is Ireland’s single most valuable fishery
Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed TD today confirmed the outcome of the international fisheries negotiations which concluded in London between the European Union, Norway, and the Faroe Islands on the management of mackerel in the North…
Sharm El Sheikh is a popular destination for diving enthusiasts
A Carlow man has died after taking ill while on a diving trip in Egypt, as the Irish Mirror reports. Martin Peter ‘Murt’ Flynn (45) died on Friday after a “brief illness” in the resort town of Sharm El Sheikh,…

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