15th October

Funding to support projects in Atlantic coastal communities

Thirty-three projects along Ireland's Atlantic coastline in counties Clare, Galway and the Aran islands, are to receive over €400,000 under Ireland's European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) Operational Programme 2014-2020. 

FLAGS West 2017

Mikey O Flaharta; BIM CEO Jim O'Toole with Minister Seán Kyne; Sean O Domhnaill and Maritin Breathnach, Scúba Carraroe, Inis Oírr Photo:Andrew Downes, xposure 

Seven FLAG (Fisheries Local Action Group) programmes, administered by BIM and co-funded by the exchequer and the EU, will receive a total of €12m to support coastal community projects.

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Funding to support projects in southeast coastal communities

Twenty-nine coastal-based projects in counties Wicklow, Waterford and Wexford, will receive €423,000 in State and EU funding to support investment in excess of €645,000 under the Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG) initiative.

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Minister Andrew Doyle; Jim O'Toole – CEO BIM; Richard Roche - St Kearns Rowing Club Wexford and George O’Brien - Vartry Rowing Club

Speaking at the launch of the South East FLAG programme, Andrew Doyle, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, said that focus on diversity and innovation was "hugely evident".

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Investment package for south-west coastal communities

Ten fisheries-related projects are set to deliver €162,000 investment under the FLAGs (Fisheries Local Action Group) South-West strategy to stimulate job creation, positive social impact and wellbeing of coastal communities in Co Kerry.

FLAG South West

South West FLAG launch: Denis Teahan,  Brian Carey, Jack's Coastguard Restaurant; Fionan Murphy, FM Marine Services Valentia; Caitriona Ni Churráin - Comharchumann Forbartha an Leith Triúigh; Michael Moriarty, Fenit Coastal Rowing Club; Kevin Flannery, Chairman, FLAG Southwest; Deputy John Brassil; Vera O'Donovan, BIM and foreground: Minister Brendan Griffin

Speaking at the launch in Cromane, Brendan Griffin TD, Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, said the ten projects would enhance and develop Kerry’s rich marine heritage while creating new jobs in the sector:

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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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