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We can never leave our history or our tradition behind us. We carry that with us forever. Those words from GearóId Cheaist O Catháin remain in my mind from what he told me when I interviewed him for this months edition of THIS ISLAND NATION which you can hear on the Marine Times website (see above link). He was once described as the loneliest boy in the world, whose only playmates were seagulls, a description which went around the world and resulted in his being offered adoption by two families in the United States, one of whom offered to take his entire family to the USA. His description of the reality of the tough life on the Blaskets islands will be a revelation to those who may have a more romantic notion of life on an island.
Also on the programme we discuss why there are so many blue sharks around Irish waters this summer, hear about an analysis of why children drown, of the work of the RNLI and why Clifden in County Galway is unique in the lifeboat service. Together with a call for Kinsale to preserve its maritime history amidst the concentration on tourism and food and the surprising news of a decline of interest in sailing, there is a great mix of maritime news, features and information on Irelands leading maritime programme on radio, THIS ISLAND NATION.
In addition, the FLAG will aim to ensure that the membership is representative of the FLAG regions geographical coverage and the characteristics of the regions inshore fleet and fisheries. Applicants must demonstrate support within their respective sector for their nomination to a forum. The balance of the membership will include stakeholders from marine sectors other than fisheries, such as seafood processing/sales, marine leisure, marine tourism, environmental NGOs and community organisations.
the FLAGs consider a sector or area is lacking in representation the FLAG
reserves the right to approach appropriate individuals or organisations
to seek members.
If you are interested in applying for membership of the RIFFs, please e-mail Caroline Curraoin in BIM email@example.com or send your application by post to FLAG Co-ordinator, BIM, , P.O. Box 12, Crofton Rd., Dun Laoghaire , Co. Dublin.
Full details on the terms of reference for the National Inshore Fisheries Forum are available on www.bim.ie The closing date for all applications is Friday, 29th August 2014.
Generous Rory Gallagher donation keeps Ballycotton RNLI lifeboat afloat
Dónal Gallagher, brother of the late blues guitarist Rory Gallagher has presented Ballycotton RNLI with a generous donation of €11,000 to help them continue their work of saving lives at sea.
This phenomenal donation was raised through the sale of items from the well- known and much loved guitarist, Rory Gallagher, at the Rock Memorabilia auction held recently at Whytes Auction House, which raised €7,500 for Ballycotton lifeboat station. A further donation of €3,500 was given from an anonymous unsuccessful bidder who wished to support the work of the life-saving charity.
Rory was very fond of Ballycotton, he loved walking the cliffs and found inspiration for his song writing there - songs such as A Million Miles Away and Lost at Sea, said the musicians brother, Donal Gallagher.
The Gallagher Estate gifted the Rory instruments to the RNLI at the Ballycotton RNLIs annual fundraising Gala dinner at Ballymaloe House, last January and auctioneer Ian Whyte offered his services (commission free), to fundraise for this great cause.
The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea and operates all over Ireland and the UK. Volunteer lifeboat crews provide lifesaving cover around the coast 365 days a year. On average it takes €1,502 to train a crew member annually and €1,343 for their lifesaving kit.
Ballycotton RNLI will
be holding their annual Family Fun day during this Bank Holiday weekend
on Sunday 3 August. This is one of their main fundraising activities for
the year but also a great day out for everyone. Like their Facebook page
Ballycotton Lifeboat Fundraising Events for more details and
watch the Lost at Sea video at www.rorygallagher.com
Some of the participants at the BIM Labelling Seminar for the Seafood Industry in the Radisson Hotel, Dublin Airport: David Lyons, FSAI; Ray Stephens, Rays Catch, Rathfarnham; Eileen Soraghan, BIM; Sinead Ni Bhriain, Public Health Nutrition Section, FSAI; Aileen O'Sullivan, SFPA; Donal Buckley, BIM Director of Business Development & Innovation; Amanda O'Brien, Food Safety Unit, SFPA; Renee Tallon, East Coast Seafood, Naas, Co Kildare; James Wright, Wrights of Marino, Dublin; Gerard Collier, Fishermans Catch, Clogherhead, Co Louth and Patrick Gibney, Select Seafoods, Artane, Dublin.
Speaking at the Dublin
seminar in the Radisson Hotel, Dublin Airport, Donal Buckley, BIM's Director
of Business Development and Innovation outlined the importance of correct
labelling in terms of customer confidence; "Due to the nature of
our wild and open fisheries resource, labelling has been a source of confusion
for customers. Traceability and provenance is more important than ever
and the seminar today is designed to inform you how best to work within
the current and new legislation to ensure your product label is communicating
the right information to your customers, both in terms of provenance and
nutrition. I would like to sincerely thank the FSAI and the SFPA for assisting
us with our series of seminars and BIM will continue to assist seafood
companies to ensure they are adhering to the necessary legislation."
Under the current
legislation and in addition to the general food labelling requirements;
seafood processors and retailers that sell live, fresh, chilled or frozen
fish, fillets of fish, smoked fish, salted and dried fishery products
as well as live or raw shellfish already include the following on the
product label: The commercial designation of the species of fish (i.e.
the name associated with the particular species of fish e.g. the commercial
designation for Ghadus morhua is Cod); The production method, whether
cultivated / farmed or caught at sea or freshwater.
The catch area (this
must consist of a) in the case of products caught at sea, a reference
to one of the areas mentioned in the Annex to Commission Regulation (EC)
2065/2001 i.e. caught in the North East Atlantic b) in the case of products
caught in freshwater, a reference to the Member State or third country
of origin of the product and c) in the case of farmed products, a reference
to the Member State or third country in which the product undergoes the
final development stage. Where the product is farmed in more than one
Member State or third country, the various Member States or third countries
in which it is farmed can be indicated.
The New legislation
refers to food information rather than food labelling and therefore applies
not only to the label but also to other accompanying material, or any
other means including modern technology tools or verbal communication.
The seminar finished
on a positive note with an update on nutrition and health claims relevant
to seafood from the FSAI. Delegates were given an insight on how to make
the most of their label by informing the consumer of the various nutritional
benefits of fish such as 'high in omega 3', 'Source of iodine', 'Source
of Vitamin E' and 'High in Protein'
For further information
or clarification on seafood labelling, please contact Eileen Soraghan,
BIM, on 01-2144112. For updates on food legislation and to access the
information booklet 'Overview of changes to food labelling introduced
under the food information regulation' please visit the FSAI website www.fsai.ie
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