18th October

Mussel seed extraction questioned metres from busy local harbour

Dredging for mussel seed in Dalkey Sound, in close proximity to a busy shoreline and harbour south of Dublin City, has been criticised by local stakeholders and the environmental watchdog, Coastwatch.

“What we watched for several hours were three relatively large trawlers dredging almost every square inch of the seabed in this narrow area – at times as close as about six to eight metres from Dillon’s Park shoreline.

Dalkey Sound mussel seed dredging

Dredging for mussel seed in Dalkey Sound, Co Dublin                                          Photo Des Burke-Kennedy

"We fully understand the practice of seed mussel gathering – but not at an industrial level in such a delicate and popular leisure area and so close to the shore,” Des Burke-Kennedy told Inshore Ireland.

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Inshore fisheries blue revolution?

Roundstone final 

"It is high time small-scale fisheries become one of the main beneficiaries of European funding. It is justifiable to safeguard and brighten the future for the 80% of the EU fishing fleet which is small in scale and employs over 50% of the workforce, as well as for thousands of directly and indirectly dependent jobs for all workers along the value chain."

Brian O'Riordan, deputy director of the LIFE Platform (Low Impact Fishers of Europe) and Marcin Rucinski, spoke to Inshore Ireland following the publication of the European Commission's proposal on the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (2021-2027).

Inshore boats at Roundstone, Co Galway

Full story: Autumn 2018 edition

 

Prawn fishery closure to Irish vessels

Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada has called on government to explain why ‘the most productive prawn grounds in Europe’ are closed to Irish fishermen but not to other boats. On July 25, Irish vessels were instructed to cease fishing by a Closure Order than came into effect at noon.

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Castletownbere: The prawn fishery on the Porcupine Bank is curently closed to all Irish boats 

“This is an absolutely ludicrous state of affairs where Irish fishermen cannot fish Irish waters, but French, Spanish and British boats can; it beggars belief,” she remarked.

Read more: Prawn fishery closure to Irish vessels

State aid to support coastal projects

Over one hundred coastal-based projects are to receive €1.5m in state and EU funding, supporting total investment of €2.4m. 

 FLAGs 2018 Jenny OHalloran 2"I am delighted to announce that an additional 106 grants worth €1.5m have been awarded to our seven FLAG groups, bringing total FLAG grant offers in 2018 to €3.1m. 

Jenny O'Halloran, Bláth Na Mara - a seaweed harvesting business on Inis Mór, Co Galway - one of 247 FLAG coastal projects that applied from FLAG funding this year. Jenny features in a new BIM video campaign to raise awareness of the FLAG initiative

Read more: State aid to support coastal projects

Inshore fisheries strategy to reflect stakeholder input

A seven-week public consultation proposed by the National Inshore Fisheries Forum is underway and will feed into a strategy for Ireland's inshore fisheries sector until 2023.

2018 inshore strategy

Marine Minister Michael Creed (2nd left) is joined by Jim O'Toole BIM chief executive, Trudy McIntyre, RIFF (SE) and Kieran Calnan, BIM chairman at the launch of the Inshore Fisheries Strategy public consultation 

Established in 2014, the NIFF and six regional groups (RIFFs) support initiatives that seek to cultivate 'a more sustainable, profitable and well-managed inshore fisheries sector'.

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Brexit process stalls due to UK failure to grasp complexities

Seafest threatre Song of the Sea

"In the context of fisheries it is astounding that such uncertainty remains at this late stage of Brexit given that the consequences will be worse for Ireland than any other EU member," Lorcán Ó Cinnéide (IFPEA) has told Inshore Ireland.

He believes that the process has stalled because the UK refuses to appreciate that the issues arising are not a simple as were throught at the the start "and prospects worsened when they decided in January 2017 to leave the Single Market and the Customs Union which was not required by the referendum vote."

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW (SUMMER 2018)

                    Song of the Sea (Courtesy Cartoon Saloon) showcases at Seafest 2018 (June 29-July 1)

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Dredging for mussel seed in Dalkey Sound, in close proximity to a busy shoreline and harbour south o [ ... ]

Inshore fisheries blue revolution?

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Prawn fishery closure to Irish vessels

Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada has called on government to explain why ‘the most productive prawn  [ ... ]

State aid to support coastal projects

Over one hundred coastal-based projects are to receive €1.5m in state and EU funding, supporting t [ ... ]