18th December

UK to ban Irish fishing vessels from its coastal waters

Ireland's marine minister Michael Creed has described the UK's decision to withdraw from the 1964 London Fisheries Convention as "unwelcome and unhelpful".

Under the Convention, contracting parties (Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands and the UK) agreed to allow fishing activity between 6-12 nm of each other's coastline, based on historical track record during 1953-1962.

Inshore boats at Fraserbugh Harbour Photo Niall Duffy

Fraserburgh Harbour where 6000 boxes of fish are handled daily

UK environment secretary Michael Gove said the UK will become an independent political state "and that means we can extend control of our waters up to 200 miles or the median line between Britain and France and Britain and Ireland." 

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EU investment supports projects across Donegal

Thirty-one marine projects in Donegal are to receive €468,000 investment from the Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG) initiative, funded under Ireland's European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) Operational Programme 2014-2020.

FLAGS 2017 Donegal

Greencastle Maritime Summer Camp facilitators Trish Murphy, Adrian Harkin and Susan McAleer with from left: Owen Doyle, Regional North FLAG Coordinator BIM; Minister Joe McHugh; Jerry Gallagher, Chairman North FLAG and Ian Lawler, Inshore Fisheries Development Manager BIM.  Photo Clive Wasson

The projects are among 153 nationwide initiatives set to benefit from €3.6m investment announced by the Michael Creed, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, early this year.

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Coastal communities to benefit from fisheries fund

Seven coastal regions and 153 projects are to benefit from €3.6m investment under the Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG) strategy. Announcing the package, Michael Creed, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, said that more than 200 applications had been received and represented a "testament to the hard work and dedication" of the volunteer FLAG Board members.

The  final selection were chosen for their "contribution to community rejuvenation, enterprise, innovation, job creation and skills enhancement across the fishing, aquaculture and maritime industries".

FLAG 2017 Ballycotton

Finian O'Sullivan, Chairman, FLAG South; Jim Kennedy, Atlantic Sea Kayaks; Minister David Stanton; Minister Michael Creed; Jim O'Toole, BIM chief executive; Monica Buckley and Peter Shanahan, 'The Fresh Fish Deli' Rosscarbery, Co Cork and Stephen Belton, Bayview Hotel, Ballycotton. Photo Don McMacMonagle 

"Seafood and its wider role in the community is at the core of this innovative programme and it is the diverse nature of the projects funded under the scheme that illustrates the true value of the seafood industry to our coastal communities and also the potential for further growth in the years ahead."

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LAST nationwide event

 

LAST logo

The Lost at Sea Tragedy (LAST) charity provides support for bereaved families and coastal communities involved in the fishing and aquaculture sectors. Its aim is to have a committee in every harbour to promote safety at sea, to help prevent future incidents and to be able to respond at the time and following an incident.

LAST is holding a ‘brain storming’ event on June 10 at 1pm in the RNLI Station, Galway, and would welcome anyone who wishes to attend, to hear their ideas for funding raising events and to raise awareness generally.

 

Foyle Fishermen sign up to Fishing For Litter initiative

Fishermen from Foyle Fishermen’s Co-op in Greencastle, Co. Donegal, are now active members of BIM’s Fishing For Litter (FFL) programme.

Foyle FFL

Frances O’Dwyer, BIM; Patrick Jnr McClenaghan; Oscar McClenaghan; Frank McDermott, Harbour Master; Catherine Barrett, BIM; John D O’Kane, Manager, Foyle Co-op; James Harkin; Mo Mathies, BIM

 Funded under the European Maritime Fisheries Fund (EMFF), this simple but effective programme provides fishermen with bags to collect marine litter while fishing and to bring it ashore for appropriate disposal and recycling on land.

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Brexit: Fisheries must not become a bargaining chip

Government must make Ireland’s €1bn fishing industry a “top priority” in the Brexit negotiations, the Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation has said.

Seán O’Donoghue added that the snap election in the UK on June 8 will add “further obstacles and challenges” and will impact the form Brexit will take. “UK Minister for Fisheries, George Eustice, has stated publicly that British fishermen will catch hundreds of thousands of tonnes more fish after Brexit.”

Brexit Map

With Ireland sharing 47 out of its 50 Total Allowable Catch (TAC) quota stocks with Britain, “it stands to reason that Ireland will suffer disproportionately if negotiations on fisheries are separated from trade negotiations,” he warned.

Read more: Brexit: Fisheries must not become a bargaining chip

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