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Tom MacSweeney's MARITIME IRELAND - September

On this edition: The ‘Waters of Life – the project which is trying to restore the pristine waters of Ireland and why it has chosen six rivers to do this.

That and much more maritime coverage is on the only Podcast Programme concentrating on Ireland’s maritime sector, presented by the Deputy Editor of the Marine Times, Ireland’s leading maritime newspaper.

News 18th September:
EU Losing out to Non-Members in Fishing Rights

EU coastal states are losing out to non-EU members in fishing rights because the European Commission’s scientifically informed approach to quotas is subject to abuse by rogue Nordic players. That’s according to Aodh O Donnell of the Irish Fish Producers Association (IFPO), who says the EU is losing its share of mackerel and blue whiting as a result.

Brendan Byrne, IFPEA and Aodh O Donnell, IFPO

“It’s not just a matter of inequity, this practice poses a serious threat to the sustainability of European fish stocks. There is an onus on these non-EU members to act responsibly and for the EU to use its powers to curb the plundering of these stocks.” Full story here

News 11th September:
Courtmacsherry RNLI to name new Shannon class lifeboat ‘Val Adnams’ at historic station

A huge crowd turned out in sunshine on the afternoon of Saturday 9th September, to witness the naming of the new Shannon class lifeboat, Val Adnams, which is based at Courtmacsherry RNLI lifeboat station, in Cork.

The state-of-the-art lifeboat was officially named by the principal donor, Val Adnams, who had made the journey from her home in Idaho, in the United States. Full story here

News 3rd August:
Fethard RNLI mark over 25 years’ service of retiring Doctor

Volunteer lifeboat crew and management at Fethard RNLI gathered last week to pay tribute and mark the retirement of Dr. John Cox from his role as volunteer Lifeboat Medical Advisor.

Doctor Cox took up the role of medical advisor in 1996 when Fethard station reopened, looking after our volunteers and their regular medical certifications. His service to Fethard was preceded by many years of service to Dun Laoghaire RNLI station. Full story here

‘Hands off our fish’ - MEP issues warning to Nordic countries

Fine Gael MEP Colm Markey has warned of further attempts by Nordic countries to seek greater access to Ireland’s fish stock.

He made the comments following a recent meeting with the Taoiseach and representatives of the Irish fishing sector. Full story here

News 31st July:
Fundraising Swim for the Aran Islands RNLI
Snámh an tSunda – Gregory’s Sound Swim; Inis Meáin to Inis Mór

For 175 years the Aran Islands Lifeboat Station has covered the rugged and wild coastline of Inis Mór, Inis Meáin and Inis Oírr. While the islands provide some form of shelter for Galway Bay on the leeside, they are endlessly embattled against the Atlantic Ocean on the other.

Since its establishment the Aran Islands lifeboat crews have been presented with over 20 awards for gallantry and the station is launched approximately 50 times per year and also when tasked works jointly with other lifeboat stations and the Coastguard Rescue Helicopter. Full story here

News 7th July:
Dunmore East RNLI ensures safe return of three crew members stranded at sea

The Dunmore East RNLI lifeboat crew responded to a call of a fishing vessel in distress Wednesday evening (5th July).

Meanwhile further up the East coast ..... While the Wicklow RNLI volunteer crew were undergoing assessments on Wednesday (5th July) they were tasked by the Coast Guard to go to the assistance of a 40-foot yacht with five people on board which had lost all power. Full story here

News 5th July:
Water users urged to take precautions due to outbreak of Crayfish Plague in the Munster Blackwater catchment

NPWS and IFI urge all users of any river to implement the Check, Clean and Dry protocol

All water users are being urged to take precautions after confirmation of an outbreak of plague affecting Crayfish on the River Blackwater and the detection of crayfish plague causative agent in the River Awbeg and Spa Glen Stream which are within the extensive Blackwater River catchment. This worrying situation is being monitored by the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS), Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI), the Marine Institute and independent ecologists.

Crayfish plague was first discovered in Ireland in 2015 in Co Cavan, and has spread to several other rivers across the country. However, this is the first recorded outbreak of the deadly crayfish plague in Co Cork. Full story here

News 6th June:
Crops from the sea - strategy sets out plan to increase volume of farmed seaweed in Ireland

Seaweed farming is in its infancy in Ireland, however, a new strategy, BIM Irish Macro-Algal Cultivation Strategy to 2030, published by Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) this week sets out a roadmap for the development of a sustainable and profitable Irish seaweed aquaculture sector.

Michael O'Neill, CEO Pure Ocean Algae

Seaweed is increasingly being viewed as an important sustainable raw material, containing many active substances for use in different industries including, food production, , pharma and agriculture. The commercial cultivation of seaweed has increased significantly in the last two decades. Annual global seaweed output is now in excess of 35 million wet tonnes, 97% of which is cultivated biomass. Most of the farmed seaweed is from Asia (China, Indonesia, Republic of Korea & Philippines). Full story here

Tickets on sale for Baltimore RNLI’s Ladies Boutique Lunch to help save lives at sea

Baltimore RNLI will host its first Ladies Boutique Lunch this August. The fundraising event will see proceeds raised go towards the charity that saves lives at sea.

The lunch will take place in Inisbeg Estate in Baltimore and will kick off with a prosecco reception at 12.30pm on Thursday 3 August, and will include a three-course meal. There will also be a raffle on the day.

Speaking ahead of the event, Odharnait Collins, Baltimore RNLI Fundraising Chair said: ‘We are all really looking forward to the event. August is a lovely time in Baltimore and a very busy time for the station, so it’s the perfect time to give back.

‘Last year, Baltimore RNLI launched both its all-weather and inshore lifeboats 24 times with our volunteer crew bringing a number of people to safety. That is a great achievement for the station team who selflessly dedicate so much time to training and responding to call outs. Proceeds raised from the sale of tickets and the raffle for the lunch will ensure the crew are provided with the best of kit and equipment so they can continue to save lives at sea.’

Tickets for the event are priced at €85 and available by contacting Ruth McSweeney on 086 2698324 or Rosaleen Mackeown on 086 8094814.

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