18th October

Titanic Quater to display Mew Island Lighthouse optic

Titantic Foundation and the Commissioners of Irish Lights have been awarded a 'first round' pass from the Heritage Lottery Fund for saving, restoring and displaying the old optic from Mew Island Lighthouse - a very rare hyper radial Fresnel lens, in Belfast's Titantic Quarter. 

Mew Island 2

This award, along with support from Ulster Garden Villages, will allow the project to progress to the second stage of the application process. If successful, the optic will be restored and housed in a new interpretive structure resembling a lighthouse lantern, to tell the story of lighthouses, their technical development and their light keepers. 

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Sea Gastronomy Fish & Shellfish of the North Atlantic

At 440 pages and weighing over 2kgs, this is no ordinary book on seafood but an encyclopaedic culinary study of the variety of fish and shellfish of the North Atlantic.

Narrated over 12 chapters, this beautifully illustrated publication contains over 200 recipes and information on 120 species. Many familiar, and others less so: Poor cod, Three-bearded rockling, Witch, Starry smooth hound and Lumpsucker, for example, are identified and cooked in dry methods (frying, baking, roasting, grilling, barbecuing and deep-frying or wet methods (poaching, pot-roasting, steaming, sous vide and microwaving.)

Review SEA Gastronomy

Galway, and represents over twenty years of research, cooking, diving and photographing the diversity of fish and shellfish.

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A passion for seafood for BIM young fishmonger of the year

George Stephens, The Fish Market, Blanchardstown, Co Dublin, is the overall winner of the BIM ‘Young Fishmonger 2016’ competition.

BIM Young Fishmonger

George Stephens, The Fish Market, Blanchardstown, Co Dublin with Tara McCarthy, BIM chief executive and Martin Shanahan, Fishy Fishy, Kinsale, Co Cork

Speaking at the awards dinner in Martin Shanahan’s Fishy, Fishy in Kinsale, Co Cork, Tara McCarthy, BIM chief executive said the award was more than just an accolade:

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Cork school named 'Something fishy' winners 2015

Fifth and sixth class students from St Mary's Senior School, Dunmanway, Co Cork, have been crowned national winners of the Inland Fisheries Ireland Something Fishy competition. 

Something fishy competition 2015

Jim Daly TD and Noel Harrington TD present the perpetual Something Fishy award to St Mary's Senior School

The students received the award and a €700 prize for their project, The Wonderful Water Kids Show, comprising a digital and artistic video interpretation of this year's themes, 'Water a Precious Commodity' and 'Water Quality and the Environment'. School Principal, Mairead Twohig, accepted the award  on behalf of the students.

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BIM Young Fishmonger 2016 finalists announced

Five young fishmongers from counties Cork, Dublin, Galway and Kerry, have been shortlisted for the BIM Fishmonger 2016 Competition, which aims to recognise and reward emerging fishmongers on their product knowledge and skills. 

BIM 2016 fishmongers

Finalists: George Stephens, Stephen Fagan, Lida Ulaszek, Eoghan Crowe and Peter Shanahan

The competition is supported by seafood chef and TV personality, Martin Shanahan, who will give a maserclass in seafood cookery to the finalists. Beforehand they will be assessed by the judges on their knowledge, quality issues, techniques and customer service.

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SFPA launches new three-year strategy

The Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority has launched its new strategy which sets out key priorities for regulating the State's sea-fisheries and seafood sectors until 2017. The sectors, which employ over 11,000 people, are worth an estimated €850m annually to the Irish economy.

SFPA strategy

Minister Simon Coveney and Susan Steele, SFPA chair, launch the Authority's new 3-year strategy

The independent regulator enforces the EU Common Fisheries Policy, along with sea-fisheries and food safety law relating to fish and fishery products. Its mandate covers all fishing vessels operating within Ireland’s 200 mile limit; over 2,114 Irish registered fishing vessels wherever they operate and all seafood produced in Ireland’s 170 seafood processing companies.

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