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by Tom MacSweeney

We are fortunate in this country to have people who are dedicated to the marine sphere and who give freely and willingly of their time and efforts in pursuit of their belief that maritime matters really should matter to the national community.

Jimmy Tyrell from Arklow is such a man. I have known and respected him through his work for the lifeboats for many years.

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Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), the Seafood Development Agency, is proud to sponsor the first ever Maritime Industry Awards taking place on the 18th June 2015 in the Ballsbridge Hotel, Dublin.

The awards are designed to recognise and celebrate the most original and innovative individuals and companies that demonstrate excellence in the Irish Maritime & Marine Sector. There are a wide range of categories to reflect the diverse nature of the sector from manufacturing, port operations, aquaculture, education and sustainability. BIM are sponsoring two award categories this year – the ‘Aquaculture Excellence Award’ and ‘Fishing Operator of the Year’

BIM are specifically recommending that given the innovative practices developed by the aquaculture and fishing sectors in recent years, companies and representatives should enter and get national recognition for the high standards they are achieving.

As Island Seafoods will testify following their recent ‘Green Seafood Business Award’ and ‘Overall Green Business of the Year’ awards at the Green Awards 2015, these accolades can give you the recognition and profile you deserve for exceling in your line of business.

So don’t forget to enter by the deadline of May 1st! To access an entry form please visit the Maritime Industry Awards website If you need any assistance on entering, please call Laura Kelly, Entries Manager on 01 4070595 or e-mail .

By getting on board and entering this award you will contribute in highlighting the importance of marine and maritime activity in Ireland.

Good luck and see you at the Awards!



Lough Swilly RNLI welcome first Shannon class lifeboat to Ireland

Crowds turned out in Buncrana today (Friday 10 April 2015) to welcome a brand new €2.4 million lifeboat to its new home on the Donegal coast. The Shannon class lifeboat is the first in the 191 history of the lifesaving charity that has been named after an Irish river, in recognition of the service and dedication of Irish lifeboat crews. It will be stationed at Lough Swilly RNLI.

The new lifeboat left RNLI Headquarters in Poole on Wednesday 1 April with a full crew and over the course of a ten day passage visited lifeboat stations at Newlyn, Aberystwyth, Douglas, Oban, Tobermory and Bangor before finally pulling in to its flanking station in Portrush, county Antrim from where it left in the early hours of this morning on the final leg to Buncrana. At 12 noon the lifeboat was escorted into Lough Swilly by a flotilla of boats to an emotional homecoming.

More on this story with additional pictures in our May issue out 1st May

€241 "Development" Programme
Marine Minister Simon Coveney says he will listen to proposals about how €241m should
be spent on developing the seafood sector in the five years to 2020. The seafood sector is worth €850m a year to the Irish economy according to official figures and, while the investment is welcome, compared with that overall value, it amounts to €80m a year and the biggest single allocation within the overall €241m is proposed to be on regulations - Control and Compliance will get €46.5m

By contrast the total suggested for Inshore Fisheries Development is only €6m

Full report in our April issue by Tom MacSweeney, Assistant Editor



MFV Stelimar has a Major Upgrading at Mooney Boats - See our April issue


Fishermen Take Control
New Measures Proposed for Nephrops on Aran Grounds

Following on from the successful meeting at the Marine institute on declining prawn densities on the Aran grounds which saw over sixty stakeholders actively involved in seeking solutions to the problem, the IFPO (Irish Fish Producers Organisation) have said they are going to move ahead with Scenario 7, which is a 5 day limit on over 20m vessels in April and May on the Aran grounds, this measure will result in around a 17% reduction in Nephrops catches. Vessels under 20m will be restricted to 20 days per month for April and May.


Full report in our April issue



Crew of the Arkh Angell at Dunmore East - See more crew shots in our April issue


IS&FWPO Highlight Industry in Despair Due to Pressure of Penalty Points and Landing Obligation at Meeting with Minister Coveney
Representatives of the Board of Directors of the Irish South and West Fish Producers Organisation (IS&WFPO) have met with Minister Coveney to convey the desperation felt by many in the Industry due to the pressure placed on them by quota restrictions, penalty points and the looming implementation of the whitefish discards ban. “There were a number of items on the Agenda for the meeting but they all circled back to the two key issues of concern facing the Fishing Industry this year, the penalty points system and the implementation of the landing obligation for the whitefish sector,” explained Eibhlin O’Sullivan, CEO of the IS&WFPO.


Full report in our April issue



Arranmore fisherman Neilie Kavanagh with daughter Muireann and wife Donna who will feature in TV3’s ‘Islanders' - See video above


Government Regards Valentia as Insignificant
“The Government just burn you out when you are looking for help. They just wear you down. We are fighting a continuous battle to survive, but we seem to be insignificant to them.” When that attitude is displayed by Government at central level towards a community at the periphery of this island nation it is time to challenge the politicians and civil servants who are responsible.


Full report inside This Island Nation supplement


Planning Permission Applications for Dangerous Pier Held Up by Seals
Residents of Cape Clear Island are outraged that a planning permission application for remedial works to a dangerous pier is being held up by because of idiotic claims of a potential risk by the pile driving to seal colonies located on the Carthys and Calf Island, both of which are over 2 miles from North Harbour. Even more ridiculous is the fact the pile driving was recently completed at the other end of the same pier.


Full report in our April issue



Objection to Bio-Marine Ingredients Ireland Ltd’s Factory by An Taisce Puts New Killybegs Jobs at Risk
On the 18th March Donegal County Council received official documents from An Taisce appealing the decision of Donegal County Council who on the 16th February 2015 granted planning permission to the new Factory Bio-marine Ingredients Ireland Ltd (BII) to commence developing their site at Stoney Hill Industrial Park, Killybegs. This objection puts new jobs for the town of Killybegs at risk. The new factory would create 50 jobs during the construction stage and would create a minimum of 70 direct and indirect jobs if it went into full production next year as planned.


Full report in our April issue


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