27th February
Anomaly surrounds Landing Obligation enforceable since January 1, 2015

From January 1, 2015, fishermen in certain parts of the EU targeting pelagic and industrial species, and salmon and cod fisheries in the Baltic, must land the fish they catch. But all catches of undersized fish, over quota or in excess of catch composition rules, must continue to be returned to the sea, the EU Commission has declared. Pelagic fisheries in international waters are also subject to the Landing Obligation with the exception of fisheries in non-EU waters where there is a legal obligation to discard in an international agreement (e.g. ICCAT rules relating to Bluefin tuna) and fisheries in the waters of third-countries where the law of the third-country applies. The practice of ‘slipping’ at sea. The net is never taken from the water – it is simply opened to release the fish, the majority of which are already dead. These fish are not accounted for and the extent of the damage is not known Sean O’Donoghue, CEO of the Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation which represents the majority of Ireland’s pelagic fleet, believes the Landing Obligation creates an “immediate anomaly as it runs in direct contravention of existing regulations – in particular Council Regulation (EC) No 850/98, or the Technical Conversation Measures regulation.”

Anomaly surrounds Landing Obligation enforceable since January 1, 2015
Decommissioning of LÉ Aoife
Decommissioning of LÉ Aoife

After 35 years of "outstanding service to the State" and more than 600,000 nautical miles - or 28 world circuits - the Irish Naval Servcie vessel LÉ Aoife has been& [ ... ]

Winter algal blooms threaten south-west shellfish sector
Winter algal blooms threaten south-west shellfish sector

A severe crisis is threatening the mussel production sector from Castlemaine to Dunmanus Bay as a result of highly unusual algal blooms this winter, according to the Iris [ ... ]

Aquaculture

Winter algal blooms threaten south-west shellfish sector
'Slow Food' celebrities break link to farmed salmon boycott
Freedom of Information mechanism fails to unearth publicly-funded report
Acadian Seaplants enters Irish seaweed sector
Winter algal blooms threaten south-west shellfish sector

A severe crisis is threatening the mussel production sector from Castlemaine to Dunmanus Bay as a re [ ... ]

'Slow Food' celebrities break link to farmed salmon boycott

Two prominent members of the Slow Food Ireland movement have distanced themselves from a call by env [ ... ]

Freedom of Information mechanism fails to unearth publicly-f...

Why is the official report of a major EU-backed scientific project involving Irish State Agencies no [ ... ]

Acadian Seaplants enters Irish seaweed sector

When it was confirmed in May that Údarás na Gaeltachta had sold its shares in the seaweed processi [ ... ]

Fisheries

Anomaly surrounds Landing Obligation enforceable since January 1, 2015
Health and safety guidelines for the fishing industry
Celtic Sea fishing industry faces major losses in 2015
Coveney delivers €123m for fishermen but disappointment for some whitefish stocks
Anomaly surrounds Landing Obligation enforceable since Janua...

From January 1, 2015, fishermen in certain parts of the EU targeting pelagic and industrial species, [ ... ]

Health and safety guidelines for the fishing industry

Fishermen are 40 times more likely to be killed while at work compared to the general working popula [ ... ]

Celtic Sea fishing industry faces major losses in 2015

Fishermen have expressed their disappointment at the "failure" of Minister Coveney to prevent quota  [ ... ]

Coveney delivers €123m for fishermen but disappointment fo...

The Federation of Irish Fishermen says the outcome of annual fisheries talks was disappointing for k [ ... ]

Coastal / Island News

Ireland’s environment minister is urged to reverse potential death knell of offshore islands
Urban beach at Dún Laoghaire gets green light
Traditional seaweed harvesters fear introdution of compulsory licensing
TDS urged to particate in Coastwatch Survey 2014
Ireland’s environment minister is urged to rever...

Islanders on nine non – Gaeltacht islands set to be affected by the termination of core funding of [ ... ]

Urban beach at Dún Laoghaire gets green light

A €2.5m controversial plan to build an 'urban beach'and outdoor swimming pool at Dún Laoghaire, C [ ... ]

Traditional seaweed harvesters fear introdution of...

Údarás na Gaeltachta’s decison in March to sell its shares in seaweed processor Arramara Teorant [ ... ]

TDS urged to particate in Coastwatch Survey 2014

Coastwatch Europe's international coordinator, Karin Dubsky, is asking elected representatives to pa [ ... ]

Book reviews

Shackleton - By Endurance we Conquer
Where to eat and stay on the Wild Atlantic Way
The Island Imagined by the Sea A History of Bull Island
Kinsale Harbour: A History
Shackleton - By Endurance we Conquer

Cian Gallagher Author Michael Smith'slifetime of knowledge and reading on Antarctic exploration,  [ ... ]

Where to eat and stay on the Wild Atlantic Way

If the idea of a culinary road trip has your mouth watering, travelling the 2,500km along the Wild A [ ... ]

The Island Imagined by the Sea A History of Bull Island

Lily O'Toole At the time of reviewing this book by Kieran McNally, Ireland was blessed with gloriou [ ... ]

Kinsale Harbour: A History

Jermoe Lordan Author John Thullier of this timely publication is steeped in Kinsale’s maritime tr [ ... ]

Environment News

Budget 2015: environmental bodies 'cautiously' welcome marine measures
Merger of State agencies EPA and RPII
Economic assessment underway of 'Irish environment' produce
Low level public awareness on strategy to protect Ireland's marine environment
Budget 2015: environmental bodies 'cautiously' wel...

Cautiously welcoming the marine measures of Budget 2015 (see below), the Environmental Pillar warns  [ ... ]

Merger of State agencies EPA and RPII

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland (RPII [ ... ]

Economic assessment underway of 'Irish environment...

A National Capital Forum will be establsihed 'to advance a comprehensive economic assessme [ ... ]

Low level public awareness on strategy to protect ...

Shay Fennelly Delegates attending a cross-border workshop organised by the Sustainable Water Networ [ ... ]

Research / Development

Beaufort on course for summer opening
 Horizon 2020 funding goes to Irish marine researchers
Robots navigate underwater obstacle course
Cabinet recognition of Ireland’s marine resource potential
Beaufort on course for summer opening

The 'topping out' ceremony marking a construction milestone of the Beaufort Centre in Ringaskiddy, C [ ... ]

Horizon 2020 funding goes to Irish marine researchers

Irish marine researchers have won €5.5m in the latest EU Horizon 2020 competitive funding for ‘b [ ... ]

Robots navigate underwater obstacle course

A one-day course to design, build and test underwater robots attracted students from Cork Institute  [ ... ]

Cabinet recognition of Ireland’s marine resource potential

& Gery Flynn Government commitment to develop Ireland’s marine resource was underpinned by th [ ... ]

Seafood Business

Record high growth in seafood exports to existing and emerging markets
 East coast fishmonger scoops top prize in seafood competition
Record Irish presence at Chinese Seafood Expo
Beara Seafoods scoops Seafood Innovation Award
Record high growth in seafood exports to existing ...

Export figures launched by Bord Bia for 2014 reflect a 4% increase, reaching a record high of almost [ ... ]

East coast fishmonger scoops top prize in seafood...

Gerard Collier, Fishermen’s Catch, Clogherhead, Co Louth, was today (24/11) awarded the title of B [ ... ]

Record Irish presence at Chinese Seafood Expo

Eleven Irish seafood companies are exhibiting on the Irish Pavilion organised by Bord Bia at China S [ ... ]

Beara Seafoods scoops Seafood Innovation Award

A West Cork seafood company is the 2014 winner of the Seafood Innovation Award which was presented a [ ... ]

Renewable Energy

Dublin conference attracts international ocean energy experts
Political vision and funding the way forward says ocean energy expert
Conference looks to technology to get more from marine resources
Dublin conference attracts international ocean ene...

The International Conference on Ocean Energy (ICOE) 2012 - the largest of its type in the world whic [ ... ]

Political vision and funding the way forward says ...

Andrew Parish has over 20 years experience in a variety of areas including energy, environment, inno [ ... ]

Conference looks to technology to get more from ma...

Businesses and researchers developing technology solutions for the marine sector will have greater o [ ... ]

Marine biomass to play major role in supplementing...

Declan Hanniffy, Research Coordinator, OceanFuel Ltd Today around 90% of the world’s energy consu [ ... ]

Your View

Pontoons and harbour walls, and the joys of sharing
Is Ireland's 'green' image endangered by litter dumping indifference?
Visitors' moorings - an opportunity
Where is Ireland's marine leisure infrastructure?
Pontoons and harbour walls, and the joys of sharin...

Norman Kean In the last two editions of Inshore Ireland, I’ve written of marinas and visitors’  [ ... ]

Is Ireland's 'green' image endangered by litter du...

Francis O'Donnell It is said you should make your point in the opening lines of an article. As I ta [ ... ]

Visitors' moorings - an opportunity

Norman Kean Two yachts, visitors to Ireland, arrive in two widely separated bays of a summer evenin [ ... ]

Where is Ireland's marine leisure infrastructure?

Norman Kean, marine consultant, author and editor Ireland has some of the finest sailing waters in  [ ... ]

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