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New vessel celebrations for Caitlin Ui Aodha and her family with launch of MFV "Dearbhla"
Ui Aodha pictured with her children at the launch of the MFV "Dearbhla"
TEN YEARS OF MARITIME EDUCATION AND TRAINING MARKED AT NMCI
The National Maritime College of Ireland (NMCI) is celebrating ten years in operation with an event to commemorate ten years of world-class maritime education and training in Ireland.
Located in Ringaskiddy, Co. Cork, the NMCI, a constituent college of Cork Institute of Technology, brings together the Irish Naval Service and Merchant Marine under one roof in the most advanced maritime academy of its type in the world. The NMCI was the first third level college in the country to be built under the Governments Public-Private Partnership scheme. This model has allowed it to concentrate on education while the private partner, Cofely GDF Suez, has been responsible for services to the college and the maintenance of its facilities.
Marking the occasion, the Minister for Marine & Defence, Simon Coveney, TD, said: I am delighted to be here to celebrate ten years of the National Maritime College of Ireland, Europes only purpose built Maritime Education College. Situated on the shores of Cork Harbour, this magnificent facility has both a National and International reputation, with students from as far away as the Seychelles. The historic partnership between Cork Institute of Technology and the Irish Naval Service has enabled the emergence of this world-class centre for education and research.
CIT President Dr Brendan Murphy, said: Ten years on, the NMCI is still the only Maritime College which caters comprehensively for both the Merchant Navy and the Defence Naval Service. Its success is due in large measure to the senior management of both organisations who had both the vision, and the commitment, to make this college what it is today: an institute of national standing and significance, with a growing international reputation.
Conor Moulds, Head of NMCI, continued saying: The foundations laid during the last 10 years of the NMCIs operation will ensure a return on the states investment in cutting edge maritime education & training facilities. The College is fulfilling its role not only in the development of Irish maritime professionals but in supporting the growth of Irish maritime and offshore business.
In addition to supporting the maritime education and training needs of the merchant, Naval, coastguard and emergency services, recent years have seen rapid growth of the NMCIs activities both at home and abroad. The expansion of the Colleges academic, commercial, and research services, have resulted in an enhancement of Irelands international reputation in the field, and has supported the employment of thousands of Irish men and women in the maritime and offshore sectors.
An example of this industry currency and capability being the awarding recently to the College, by Chevron, of the largest maritime training contract in the history of state, bringing with it, not just significant revenue for the College, but the creation of high end jobs for Irish nationals and revenue for local support services.
For more details on
the National Maritime College of Ireland to see a tour of the facilities
available visit www.nmci.ie/video
East eagerly awaiting word on the commencement of the promised dredging
of the harbour along with the necessary regulations associated with the
useage of the harbour during the process - hopefully it is sorted soon
as the very busy herring season is due to commence soon! Photo courtesy
EU Propose to Ban All Driftnet Fisheries
Anne Murray writes:
Here at the Marine Times Newspaper we have contacted all Irish MEPs
for their views on the European Commissions announcement that it
wants to prohibit the use of any kind of driftnets for fishing in all
EU waters as of 1 January 2015. On the 14th May 2015 the European Commission
announced it wants to prohibit the use of any kind of driftnets for fishing
in all EU waters as of 1st January, 2015. Although rules are already in
place to forbid using driftnets to catch certain migratory fishes, the
practice continues to be a cause of concern due to the incidental catching
of marine mammals, sea turtles and sea birds which are mostly protected
under EU legislation. To fight circumvention, the Commission proposal
includes a full ban of driftnets fishing in the EU as well as the prohibition
of keeping driftnets on board of fishing vessels.
Furthermore, to avoid
ambiguity, the proposal refines the current definition of a driftnet.
Commissioner Damanaki, said: Fishing with driftnets destroys marine
habitats, endangers marine wildlife and threatens sustainable fisheries.
I am convinced that the only way to eradicate this once and for all is
to have clear rules which leave no room for interpretation. We need to
close any possible loopholes and simplify control and enforcement by national
authorities. This will in the end also save the livelihood of those fishermen
which have applied the rules over the past years. The ban sends out a
clear message that we no longer tolerate any irresponsible practices.
of drift nets will finish fishing and demolish a way of life in the smaller
fishing communities and the Islands around our coast forever, says
Frankie Byrne of Frankie Byrne Nets, Burtonport.
The Donegal islands
of Arranmore, Boffin and Tory have tried since the banning of the salmon
fishing in 2006 to get fair treatment for their small island communities.
All they want is the right to practice traditional livelihoods to sustain
Island communities and pass down their traditions, knowledge and skills
to future generations. In March 2012, The Donegal Islands Survival Plan,
2012 -2015 was launched by Dinny McGinley as Minister for Arts, Heritage
and the Gaeltacht at a conference on Árainn Mhór, Co. Donegal.
This report was compiled by Dr Alyne Delaney of the University of Aalborg
in Denmark, following the long campaign by fishermen such as John O Brien
of Inis Bó Finne and Jerry Early of Árainn Mhór,
charting a way forward for the islands small inshore fishing fleet.
The 2006 drift-net ban on salmon fishing has had a devastating effect
on island communities, particularly those in Donegal. This blow was compounded
in 2008 by the closure of the waters around the Donegal islands as part
of a European cod conservation measure. An island fisherman is never
going to get wealthy out of fishing all he wants to do is make
a living and sustain a way of life, says fisherman Gerry Early of
All Irish MEPs were
contacted two weeks before going to print on the proposed baning of all
Drift Net fishing by the European Commission. The following four MEPs
answered the query:
Speaking on Irelands
Salmon Fishery she says she would cite the decline in Salmon stocks as
a case in point. There are scientific claims that it is the pollution
at the bottom of rivers that is causing the decline in Salmon stocks -
this should be investigated, she says. There needs to be a formal
scientific assessment to bring stocks under control and not just a sticking
plaster solution enforced by Europe and implemented by this and the previous
Government by way of a blanket ban on drift net fishing, says MEP
Liadh Ne Riada.
Her party Sinn Féin
called for the buy-out scheme for drift men to be voluntary, however,
she says this was ignored by the Fianna Fáil government and they
proceeded with a compulsory buy out, once again ignoring the stakeholders.
At the time of the ban Sinn Fein argued that it would put pressure on
other sectors within the industry. Unfortunately, that has turned out
to be the case for people involved in lobsters, crayfish and gill netting.
We all want a sustainable environment as it is vital for a healthy
long term fishing industry and recognise that stocks need to be preserved,
but using that to excuse an outright ban is a lazy narrow approach and
shows lack of political will in terms of engaging in a meaningful and
proactive way with fishermen. The options of real compensation, independent
scientific data and consultation with the fishing community to reach a
mutual plan of action seems to her to be a practical approach and indeed
falls within the remit of the bottom up approach which is not only part
of the Sinn Féin ethos but also touted by the EU.
I will certainly
be dealing with these issues head on when the Parliament resumes in September
where I intend to get support from other smaller member states that have
similar problems. Ireland needs a comprehensive, genuine long term Government
led plan in partnership with local people for developing and sustaining
coastal fishing communities into the future, says MEP Liadh Ni Riada.
On receiving, the
email regarding the proposed banning of drift nets from January 2015 Matt
Carthy MEP contacted his colleague Liadh O Riada, his partys member
on the EU Peche Committee and is in agreement with her sentiments on the
The Dublin Fine Gael
MEP Brian Hayes says he is opposed to any measures that will devastate
our Island communities.
The Marine Times Newspaper,
as the voice of the Irish fishing industry and coastal communities would
welcome the views all our MEPs on the proposed ban on driftnets
This story first appeared in our September '14 issue
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