21st April
Is Ireland's inshore fisheries sector 'destined to fail'?

“The Irish inshore fishery is on the brink of collapse due to a lack of proper policy and regulation. Going as far back as the 1990s, BIM produced a number of reports outlying in clear terms, pathways to deal with this issue. Those blueprints have gathered dust in the interim, in tandem with the decline in economic potential of the crab and lobster fisheries. “The Federation of Irish Fishermen (FIF) and others have made this point clear when making submissions to a joint subcommittee on fisheries in March 2013,” Francis O’Donnell, CEO of the Irish Fish Producers Organisation and former chair of the FIF has told Inshore Ireland. Inshore fisheries is vital to the survival of coastal communities such as Roundstone in Connemara. Photo Gillian Mills Also speaking to this paper, Eamon Dixon of the Erris Inshore Fishermen’s Association said it was only in the last two years that the Sea-fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA) has been in a position to address the problems. But he cautions that the current level of control is not a deterrent as the agency is under-resourced, with too many areas to cover: food safety, sampling, EU audits and fisheries control.

Is Ireland's inshore fisheries sector 'destined to fail'?
Agreement reached on funding package to aid CFP implementation
Agreement reached on funding package to aid CFP implementation

The European Parliament has endorsed the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) with an overwhelming majority. With a budget of €6.5 billion for 2014-2020, the fun [ ... ]

Howth RNLI launch Mayday campaign
Howth RNLI launch Mayday campaign

Members of the Howth RNLI crew have launched their Mayday campaign as part of the RNLI's national fundraising drive which takes place from May 1-5 nationwide The RNLI sa [ ... ]

Quantitative Risk Assessment for Haulbowline Island
Quantitative Risk Assessment for Haulbowline Island

The former steelworks factory site on Haubowline Island is to undergo a Detailed Quantitative Risk Assessment; details of the contract were signed today. According to Si [ ... ]

Empowering Local Communities conference
Empowering Local Communities conference

The Waterford Estuary Communities Network (WECN) is hosting a one-day conference on May 1 as part of the EU FLAG (Fishing Areas Local Action Group) initiative.  The [ ... ]

Aquaculture

Ireland's oyster sector needs 'practical government support'
Excessive bureaucracy blocking marine jobs and exports
Publisher apologises to Marine Institute for contentious sea-lice article
Ireland's oyster sector needs 'practical government support'

Delegates at a one-day conference on Ireland’s oyster industry were told of the “excellent oppor [ ... ]

Excessive bureaucracy blocking marine jobs and exports

IFA president, Eddie Downey, says jobs and export targets in peripheral coastal ares cannot be met w [ ... ]

Marine Institute stands over quality and accuracy of its res...

Statement by Dr Peter Heffernan, CEO, Marine Institute: I welcome the acknowledgement by the 'Jou [ ... ]

Publisher apologises to Marine Institute for contentious sea...

A controversial article in a prestigious scientific journal that accuses the Marine Institute of ‘ [ ... ]

Fisheries

HSA launches fishing industry awareness raising campaign
Mackerel deal rewards overfishing, declares Irish fishermen
De-clawing at sea threatens Irish brown crab fishery
Fishermen urged to avail of sea safety scheme
HSA launches fishing industry awareness raising campaign

The authority responsible for ensuring that Ireland's 1.8m workers are protected from work-related i [ ... ]

Mackerel deal rewards overfishing, declares Irish fishermen

Irish fishing industry representatives cannot support the ‘mackerel deal’ as it rewards those th [ ... ]

De-clawing at sea threatens Irish brown crab fishery

The State agency responsible for Irish fisheries law enforcement has published a consumer guide to b [ ... ]

Fishermen urged to avail of sea safety scheme

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney, has called on all sectors of the fishi [ ... ]

Coastal / Island News

Howth RNLI launch Mayday campaign
Coliemore harbour development plans
Storm shelter for Sandycove swimmers
 State-aid for storm battered piers and harbours
Howth RNLI launch Mayday campaign

Members of the Howth RNLI crew have launched their Mayday campaign as part of the RNLI's national fu [ ... ]

Coliemore harbour development plans

Development plans for Dublin Bay's 'earliest' harbour, Coliemore, are due to be complete by the end  [ ... ]

Storm shelter for Sandycove swimmers

Three years to complete the acquisition and rebuild of the old fisherman's hut at Sandycove beach, C [ ... ]

State-aid for storm battered piers and harbours

Eleven local authorities that manage the State’s 115 harbours/piers/slipways damaged during the st [ ... ]

Book reviews

Diary of a Cornish fisherman - 1962-1967
Celebrating Irish Salmon (Ceiliúradh an Bhradáin)
EXTREME GREENS: Understanding Seaweeds
Sherkin Island - A Local History
Diary of a Cornish fisherman - 1962-1967

About 50 years ago, Trevor Simpson started keeping a diary '...to record the weather, and the number [ ... ]

Celebrating Irish Salmon (Ceiliúradh an Bhradáin)

As the title suggests, this is much more than a recipe book, it is a celebration of the 'prince of f [ ... ]

EXTREME GREENS: Understanding Seaweeds

Sally McKenna's book reveals the culinary, health and cosmetic wonders of seaweeds, 'one of our grea [ ... ]

Sherkin Island - A Local History

In this updated version of the origianl book, author Dolly O'Reilly outlines the changing forturnes  [ ... ]

Environment News

Red light given to EC's green light for fracking
Environmental democracy is still a long way off
Widespread inspection of septic tanks unlikely
Ireland’s green image and wetlands
Red light given to EC's green light for fracking

Three hundred civil society groups from across Europe have voiced concerns over proposals by the Eur [ ... ]

Environmental democracy is still a long way off

"The Irish public are unlikely to accept that their rights to access information, to participate in  [ ... ]

Widespread inspection of septic tanks unlikely

John Hearne It is now thought unlikely that all 440,000 septic tanks and treatment systems in the S [ ... ]

Ireland’s green image and wetlands

Karin Dubsky, Coastwatch As everyone knows, Ireland gets a lot of rain which makes the landscape ve [ ... ]

Research / Development

'Surf beat'  recorded in Dingle Harbour
Surveying the white ribbon
Irish online service to aquaculture scoops European award
Trilateral launch of Atlantic Ocean research alliance in Galway
'Surf beat' recorded in Dingle Harbour

Deployment of two CERA diver pressure sensors in Dingle Harbour in early January recorded wave actio [ ... ]

Surveying the white ribbon

Eoin McGrath, GSI With the bulk of Ireland’s deep, offshore waters now mapped in great detail d [ ... ]

Irish online service to aquaculture scoops European award

Lisa Fitzpatrick, Marine Instiute ASIMUTH, an Irish-led EU Framework 7 funded project (FP7), has be [ ... ]

Trilateral launch of Atlantic Ocean research alliance in Gal...

Lisa Fitzpatrick The EU, United States and Canada joined forces at the Marine Institute, Galway, o [ ... ]

Seafood Business

Seafood heavyweights ‘line-out’ at Dublin’s Avia Stadium
Castletownbere Co-op appointed international whitefish supplier
Inaugural young fishmonger of the year awards
Two marine companies win Bord Bia awards
Seafood heavyweights ‘line-out’ at Dublin’s ...

A conference organised by the Irish Sea Fisheries Board (BIM): Capturing Ireland’s Share of the Gl [ ... ]

Castletownbere Co-op appointed international white...

Major Spanish supermarket chain, Mercadona, has appointed Castletownbere Co-op as their internationa [ ... ]

Inaugural young fishmonger of the year awards

James Kirwan, East Coast Seafood, Naas, Co Kildare has scooped the top prize in the BIM Young Fishmo [ ... ]

Two marine companies win Bord Bia awards

Irish Atlantic Sea Salt and Glenmar Shellfish have won the Entrepreurial and Export categories respe [ ... ]

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 say...

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

Where is Ireland's marine leisure infrastructure?
 Flooding and fracking don’t mix
 Irish salmon: the questions that must be asked
Where is Ireland's marine leisure infrastructure?

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

Poor representation for inshore fishermen at natio...

Francis O'Donnell, IFPO I travelled to Inis Oirr on January 14 for the launch of the report Sustain [ ... ]

Flooding and fracking don’t mix

Sian Cowman Even though it was a few years ago now, you probably remember the 2009 flooding across  [ ... ]

Irish salmon: the questions that must be asked

Philip Clesham Natural scientist, commercial lawyer and keen angler Ireland has unique inshore asse [ ... ]

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