5th September
'Business as usual' no longer an option, says Coveney

The marine sector could deliver over 29,000 additional jobs and an addditonal €2.7bn in economic growth by 2020. "Ireland is now firmly on what I believe is an unstoppable voyage of marine expansion." Simon Coveney, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, was addressing over 500 delegates at the second annual Harnessing our Ocean Wealth conference at the National Maritime College of Ireland (July 9). Publication in 2012 of Ireland's first 'blueprint' for the marine, which straaddles nine departments on the government's Marine Coordination Group, has begun a peocess of "radical change" in the approach to marine policy. Government commitment to the sector is reinforced by the "first ever review on taxation" to be reflected in teh October budget, he added. Caption: Speakers at Seafest 2015, chaired by Peter Heffernan, Marine Institue (centre)                      Photo Gillian Mills Three-page feature Aug/Sept issue - available now

'Business as usual' no longer an option, says Coveney
Irish public attitude to fish farming
Irish public attitude to fish farming

IFA Aquaculture is seeking a meeting with Minister Simon Coveney to discuss the findings of a major survey of Irish public opinion on the aquaculture industry. Undertake [ ... ]

Bantry Bay 'blueway' adventure trail
Bantry Bay 'blueway' adventure trail

Munster's first 'blueway' will take paddlers on a 2km, 6km or 9km water trail around Bantry Bay in West Cork, starting at Abbey Slipway and taking in Whiddy Island, Reenb [ ... ]

Open letter to Ireland's fishing industry
Open letter to Ireland's fishing industry

Francis O'Donnell, CEO, IFPO Dear Sir, Madam I am writing this letter on behalf of the board of the Irish Fish Producers Organisation asking you to pledge money [ ... ]

Bio-marine Ingredients Ireland pays tribute to 'a real visionary'
Bio-marine Ingredients Ireland pays tribute to 'a  real visionary'

Kipling wrote: ‘If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue, Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch.’ "Words that lend themselves perfec [ ... ]

Aquaculture

Irish public attitude to fish farming
Ombudsman orders DAFM to release salmon farm accident report
Marine Harvest Ireland takes aquaculture excellence award
Proposal to cap single salmon farm biomass at 7,000 tonnes
Irish public attitude to fish farming

IFA Aquaculture is seeking a meeting with Minister Simon Coveney to discuss the findings of a major  [ ... ]

Ombudsman orders DAFM to release salmon farm accident report

The Ombudsman has directed the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine to release the informa [ ... ]

Marine Harvest Ireland takes aquaculture excellence award

Marine Harvest Ireland scooped the 'Excellence in Aquaculture' title at the inaugural Maritime Indus [ ... ]

Proposal to cap single salmon farm biomass at 7,000 tonnes

A draft Plan to increase Irish aquaculture production by 45,000 tonnes across all species by 2023, r [ ... ]

Fisheries

Open letter to Ireland's fishing industry
Bio-marine Ingredients Ireland pays tribute to 'a  real visionary'
KFO mourns loss of a respected stawart and leader
Danish dismissal of fishing violation undermines penalty point system
Open letter to Ireland's fishing industry

Francis O'Donnell, CEO, IFPO Dear Sir, Madam I am writing this letter on behalf of the boa [ ... ]

Bio-marine Ingredients Ireland pays tribute to 'a real visi...

Kipling wrote: ‘If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue, Or walk with Kings— [ ... ]

KFO mourns loss of a respected stawart and leader

The Killybegs Fishermen's Organisation has paid tribute to its former chairman, Martin Howley, whose [ ... ]

Danish dismissal of fishing violation undermines penalty poi...

A decision by Danish authorities not to apply penalty points to a Danish fishing vessel found guilty [ ... ]

Coastal / Island News

'Islanders' - a forgotten way of life
Funding crisis for non-Gaeltacht Islands
Ireland’s environment minister is urged to reverse potential death knell of offshore islands
Urban beach at Dún Laoghaire gets green light
'Islanders' - a forgotten way of life

From Arranmore in Co Donegal, to Whiddy Island in Cork via Inisturk in Co Mayo, a new four-part seri [ ... ]

Funding crisis for non-Gaeltacht Islands

A spokesman for the non-Gaeltacht Community Development Projects (CDPs) has lashed out at a governme [ ... ]

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 Lao [ ... ]

Book reviews

The Sinking of the Lusitania - unravelling the mysteries
The Limerick Flood of 2014
Shackleton - By Endurance we Conquer
Where to eat and stay on the Wild Atlantic Way
The Sinking of the Lusitania - unravelling the mysteries

The sinking of RMS Lusitania on May 7, 1915, with the loss of 1,198 lives brought home to the [ ... ]

The Limerick Flood of 2014

A gripping exposé of disorganisation and unpreparedness when climate change hit Limerick. I [ ... ]

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 [ ... ]

Environment News

UNESCO 'biosphere status' for Dublin Bay
Ireland criticised for insufficient climate policy
Budget 2015: environmental bodies 'cautiously' welcome marine measures
Merger of State agencies EPA and RPII
UNESCO 'biosphere status' for Dublin Bay

Dublin Bay has been awarded ‘biosphere designation’ by UNESCO in recognition of its uniq [ ... ]

Ireland criticised for insufficient climate policy

Ireland is failing to address climate change and is likely to miss its EU 2020 target 'by a wide mar [ ... ]

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 [ ... ]

Research / Development

Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance reveals seabed secrets
Beaufort on course for summer opening
 Horizon 2020 funding goes to Irish marine researchers
Robots navigate underwater obstacle course
Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance reveals seabed secrets

A multi-national team of European, Canadian, and American ocean exploration experts lead by Thomas F [ ... ]

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  [ ... ]

Seafood Business

SFPA launches new three-year strategy
'Gold Standard' awarded to west coast seafood producer
Next generation encouraged to pursue seafood career
'Food from the Sea' attracts strong speaker lineup
SFPA launches new three-year strategy

The Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority has launched its new strategy which sets out key priorities f [ ... ]

'Gold Standard' awarded to west coast seafood prod...

Carr & Sons Seafood Ltd has achieved 'Grade A' accreditation with the British Retail Consortium  [ ... ]

Next generation encouraged to pursue seafood caree...

BIM, Ireland’s seafood development agency, has launched a social media campaign calling on you [ ... ]

'Food from the Sea' attracts strong speaker lineup...

A breakout session at Our Ocean Conference (July 10) will discuss the potential for Irelan [ ... ]

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 / Comment

Is Freedom of Information really what it says it is?
Why is a publicly-funded document not available in Ireland?
Highest level recognition of marine resource potential
Pontoons and harbour walls, and the joys of sharing
Is Freedom of Information really what it says it i...

In our December issue we chronicled IFA Aquaculture’s efforts through Freedom of Information [ ... ]

Why is a publicly-funded document not available in...

Our lead story outlines the frustration experienced by a representative of an aquaculture producer [ ... ]

Highest level recognition of marine resource poten...

When it was launched in July 2012 the Harnessing Our Ocean Wealth strategy was broadly welcomed th [ ... ]

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’  [ ... ]

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