6th May
Mussel crisis in the southwest threatens viability of premium product

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 Irish Shellfish Association. “Some bays have been forced to close down for five consecutive months, and farmers have had to watch their crops wash away during the winter storms instead of fetching premiums in top supermarkets and restaurants,” explained Richie Flynn, aquaculture executive of the Irish Farmers' Association. “By closing their harvesting operations, the mussel farmers ensured that consumer and food safety comes first but unfortunately they have no control over the length of time these natural blooms can persist in the ocean," he added. A statement to Inshore Ireland from the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine noted that a new Seafood Development Programme was being finalised under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund up to 2020 and that a draft "will be published later in March" with a view to submitting the new Programme to the European Commission by May for its consideration and adoption. It is likely to be towards the end of 2015 before the Commission adopts the Programme.

Mussel crisis in the southwest threatens viability of premium product
SFPA inshore patrols to focus on shellfish size and crab declawing
SFPA inshore patrols to focus on shellfish size and crab declawing

The Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority will shortly recommence its seasonal inshore patrols. This year, the authority will be particularly targeting the practice of crab  [ ... ]

Blue whiting stalemate continues
Blue whiting stalemate continues

While Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney, has "welcomed progress" made at the international blue whiting fisheries negotiations, he also confirm [ ... ]

Safety training saves lives of three fishermen
Safety training saves lives of three fishermen

Three fishermen whose vessel capsized off the Wicklow coast last week were saved due to safety training they had completed with the sea-fisheries developmenet agency, BIM [ ... ]

Aquaculture

Inshore Ireland denied salmon/sea lice report from government department
Mussel crisis in the southwest threatens viability of premium product
Inshore Ireland uncovers SUMBAWS through FOI
Marine Harvest Ireland obtains global environmental standard
Inshore Ireland denied salmon/sea lice report from governmen...

Almost five months after Inshore Ireland first requested a copy of a significant report on interac [ ... ]

Mussel crisis in the southwest threatens viability of premiu...

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

Inshore Ireland uncovers SUMBAWS through FOI

In October 2014, Inshore Ireland requested a copy of the ten-year-old SUMBAWS (Sustainable managemen [ ... ]

Marine Harvest Ireland obtains global environmental standard

Marine Harvest Ireland - the first salmon farm worldwide to achieve organic certification - has been [ ... ]

Fisheries

SFPA inshore patrols to focus on shellfish size and crab declawing
Blue whiting stalemate continues
Safety training saves lives of three fishermen
Submarine suspected in trawler incident
SFPA inshore patrols to focus on shellfish size and crab dec...

The Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority will shortly recommence its seasonal inshore patrols. This ye [ ... ]

Blue whiting stalemate continues

While Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney, has "welcomed progress" made at  [ ... ]

Safety training saves lives of three fishermen

Three fishermen whose vessel capsized off the Wicklow coast last week were saved due to safety train [ ... ]

Submarine suspected in trawler incident

Northern Ireland's fisheries minister, Michelle O'Neill has called on the British Ministry of Defenc [ ... ]

Coastal / Island News

'Islanders' - a forgotten way of life
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
'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 [ ... ]

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 [ ... ]

Book reviews

The Limerick Flood of 2014
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
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 [ ... ]

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 [ ... ]

Environment News

Ireland criticised for insufficient climate policy
Budget 2015: environmental bodies 'cautiously' welcome marine measures
Merger of State agencies EPA and RPII
Economic assessment underway of 'Irish environment' produce
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 [ ... ]

Economic assessment underway of 'Irish environment...

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

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

Island Seafoods recognised as 2015 ‘Green Business of the Year’
Ireland's seafood sector to receive €241m development funds
Bio-marine Ireland Ltd gets green light for €40m project
Investment package for Irish seafood companies
Island Seafoods recognised as 2015 ‘Green Busine...

Donegal-based Island Seafoods has scooped two major ‘green’ awards including best in bus [ ... ]

Ireland's seafood sector to receive €241m develo...

A programme for Ireland's seafood sector of double the previous investment by 2020 "demonstrates our [ ... ]

Bio-marine Ireland Ltd gets green light for €40m...

Donegal County Council has granted initial planning permission for the construction of a €40m,  [ ... ]

Investment package for Irish seafood companies

Eighteen Irish seafood companies have been awarded €2.7 million in grant-aid under the 2015 Sea [ ... ]

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
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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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