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Delphi fishery manager David McEvoy with the 6lbs 3 ozs salmon he caught in Connemara - the first salmon caught on the fly this season
Connemara’s first salmon of the year has been caught on the Delphi fishery, as Covid-19 restrictions keep many anglers away from their favoured riverbanks. Delphi fishery manager David McEvoy was only angling for ten minutes when he hooked and landed…
Portrush RNLI’s inshore lifeboat preparing to launch
Portrush RNLI’s volunteers rescued two surfers who got into difficulty while surfing at Co Antrim’s East Strand earlier today (Monday 1 February). The inshore lifeboat launched before 1.30pm following a number of 999 calls to both the coastguard and the…
A SUP at the Shelley Banks on Dublin Bay
Saturday's strong northeasterly winds that kicked up such a storm in the south of Dublin Bay (as our photos of the Dun Laoghaire baths site showed) also presented some ideal surf conditions for Stand Up Paddleboarders (SUPs) in the north-west of…
Irish free diver Dave McGowan, who will walk 24 hours straight for charity next week
An Irish free diver in Egypt who last year sought public support for his competitive efforts is paying it forward with a plan to walk for 24 hours straight in aid of Pieta House. Dave McGowan tells the Irish Examiner…
Sub-Lieut Tahlia Britton from Rossnowlagh, Co Donegal,
“We’ll always give our best, treat every incident as if it is one of our own.... and try our utmost to get a missing family member back to their loved one.....” The words of Lieut Stephen Stack, head of the…
A diver with a bottle from the Irish Sailing Ship 'Providentz' that sank in Norway in 1720
Norwegian divers have discovered a 300-year-old shipwreck of an Irish sailing ship on the sea bottom outside Mandal in Southern Norway. The Irish ship, named "The Providentz", sunk in November 1720. It is reported by the Norwegian NRK journalist, Siv Kristin…
Marine minister Charlie McConalogue
Marine minister Charlie McConalogue says he has expressed Ireland’s “serious concerns” at EU level about a “ disproportionate burden being borne” by it in relation to fish quotas lost under Brexit. Mr McConalogue said he conveyed this at an informal…
St Michael's Coastal Rower Martin Dowd prepares for a session on his Concept 2 rowing machine at home
A beautiful quote from 'The Wind in the Willows' says that 'there is nothing half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats." Does that apply to rowing imaginary boats as well? St. Michael's Rowing Club of Dun…
File image of the FV Kayleigh in port before the incident in March 2020
The latest Marine Notice from the Department of Transport brings the attention of fishing boat owners, skippers and crew to the safety provisions of the Code of Practice for fishing vessels less than 15m length overall. It follows the publication…
Types of waves and how they can affect sea swimmers will be discussed in tonight's talk series
Sea swimming weather and wave safety is the theme of an online talk tonight - the first in a new series hosted by Swim Ireland and the RNLI. In response to the surge in interest in open water swimming during…
An inshore fishing vessel at Dalkey Island on Dublin Bay
Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), Ireland’s Seafood Development Agency, has extended the deadline of its National Seafood Survey by two weeks in an effort to increase response rates. The survey is designed to highlight the importance of fishing to families and…
The survey will be conducted by the RV Celtic Explorer from Monday 8 February
The first and second legs of the annual Irish Anglerfish and Megrim Survey (IAMS 2021) will be carried out from Monday 8 February to Thursday 4 March. As with previous years, IAMS 2021 is a demersal trawl survey consisting of…
Fishing industry leader Hugo Boyle
Tributes have been paid to fishing industry leader Hugo Boyle, who died unexpectedly earlier this week. Mr Boyle, a father of four from Falcarragh, Co Donegal, was chief executive of the Irish South and East Fish Producers’ Organisation (IS&EFPO). “A…
Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation (KFO) chief executive Sean O’Donoghue
EU coastal states “haven’t taken the same hit” as Ireland in losing access to British fishing grounds and “must burden share”, an industry leader said. The fishing industry is “not interested” in financial compensation, and wants to ensure it “gets…
The issue of Rockall in the North Atlantic is not mentioned in an Ireland-Scotland Bilateral Review
A newly published Ireland-Scotland bilateral review advocates economic co-operation in areas including the marine and renewable energy. However, the issue of Rockall is not mentioned, although access flared up as an issue in early January when a Donegal vessel was…
Foam in the Carrowbeg River in Westport resulting from the discharge on Saturday 16 January
Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) investigated a pollution incident that occurred last weekend on the Carrowbeg River in Westport, Co Mayo. IFI received a number of calls to the hotline number and had a report from the landowner where the pollution…

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