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Official Blessing of the new MFV Western Viking

Oct 8th: Congratulations to the Doherty family and all the crew of the new MFV Western Viking - pictured above are the Doherty family and crew of the new vessel.

We will have more on this story in our November issue

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Five Fishmongers to Compete for the Title of BIM Young Fishmonger 2016
See our October issue to see who will battle it out for the title

October 2015 Issue - Vol 28 No 5

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There is a lot of tide in the Shannon Estuary, which can make it a dangerous place in certain conditions, so it is hard to imagine that anyone would try to use what seemed liked nothing bigger than a bathtub to set out on the river to go for a few pints. Not surprisingly those involved got into trouble and Kilrush Lifeboat was called to their rescue. This story is told on the current edition of THIS ISLAND NATION radio programme by Pauline Dunleavy of the West Clare lifeboat station

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This Island Nation - 5th October 2015 by Cry104fm on Mixcloud

What is the Responsibility of the State Towards Fishermen?

“There may be minor variations on the theme, but common consensus has it that the first duty of government is the protection of its citizens and their lives, including their liberty and their property. Does that not mean protection from the sequestration of their property rights? So where then stands the Irish Government in its failure to protect the rights of Irish citizens to the ownership of the fishing rights in their own waters? That is a question which politicians have avoided answering.” Tom MacSweeney

“There is one thing that we are good at and that is giving away our limited natural resources, our oil, our gas, our mussels and our fish. As coastal communities we are slowly but surely losing economic opportunities. One cannot harness what we have given away.” Francis O’Donnell

“Budget time is an opportunity to put out fires or start new ones. Occasionally it can be used to remind the electorate that a government hasn’t forgotten them. But mostly it’s about votes. In the marine sector we always underestimate our voting power. We live in rural constituencies – many of them political bear pits. Every vote counts and longevity counts for nothing these days - just ask a few ex Ministers and party stalwarts.” Richie Flynn

Read our October issue more comment, opinions and news from our top quality correspondents from around the coast

World War I shipwrecks revealed

A team of scientists led by Dr Ruth Plets, School of Environmental Sciences at Ulster University, aboard the Marine Institute's Celtic Voyager research vessel has revealed detailed images of World War I shipwrecks in the Irish Sea. The team set out to capture the highest resolution acoustic data possible of WWI shipwrecks lost in the Irish Sea, using a new multi-beam system (EM2040) on board the RV Celtic Voyager to get the best data ever acquired over these wrecks. "We were able to capture the most detailed images of the entirety of the wrecks ever. Some of the wrecks, which are too deep to be dived on, have not been seen in 100 years. So this is the first time we can examine what has happened to them, during sinking and in the intervening 100 years, and try to predict their future preservation state," explained Dr Plets.

Read more on the Marine Institute website

Wexford RNLI’s New Inshore D Class Lifeboat Named Alfred William Newman

At a special ceremony held on Saturday 26th September, Wexford RNLI officially named its new D class lifeboat, Alfred William Newman, at its lifeboat station in the town, adjacent to Wexford Bridge and the Quays.
The lifeboat which went on service on the 25 June this year was funded by the late Alfred William Newman from Birmingham who, through a bequest in his Will, provided the D class lifeboat to enable crews to continue Wexford RNLI’s lifesaving service.
Welcoming guests at the ceremony, Nick Bowie, Wexford RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager, said the naming ceremony and service of dedication was a special occasion in the history of the Wexford lifeboat station, adding that it was a proud and satisfying moment to see the crew get such a capable rescue craft.

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Kinsale Gourmet wins Ireland's Most Prestigious Food Award
Kinsale Gourmet has won the most-coveted prize for Innovation at this year's Blas na hÉireann, the Irish Food Awards which was announced on Friday, October 2nd. The Cork company's recently launched Meals Made Easy was chosen as the overall winner from 90 products that were carefully scrutinised and judged for innovation as part of the award sponsored by Bord Iascaigh Mhara's Seafood Development Centre, the country's only purpose built centre for seafood excellence and innovation.

More in our upcoming November issue

National Inshore Fisheries Forum Chairman Steps Down
The National Inshore Fisheries Forum’s chairman Ciaran Quinn has stepped down citing family and other personal commitments for his decision to leave the organisation. From the North West region, Ciaran was appointed as the first industry-led Chair of the Forum earlier this year.

Full story in our October issue

It was with envious eyes we cast upon the 280,000 people that visited a large field in the midlands recently - how amazing it would be if the Irish nation (and the media) would be so galvanised to support our coastal communities even at a fraction of a number of those that forked out considerable amounts of money to support the agri-sector?

Read full Editorial in our October issue

Marine Times - Rogues Gallery

In every issue of the Marine Times we feature great photos of crews from around the coast that make a living in our seas in the Irish fishing fleet:
Pictured above is the crew of the "Maggie C" up in Greencastle, Donegal
If you have a picture that you would like to feature in the paper please email us at marinetimes@eircom.net

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