will be roll up, roll up for the Big Top at SeaFest as Galway's
gourmets prepare to enjoy a uniquely diverse and delicious taste
of the sea at the Bord Iascaigh Mhara/Bord Bia Sea Food Extravaganza
over the weekend of 2 and 3 July.
in a real Big Top marquee at Galway Harbour, this celebration
of fabulous fish and stunning seafood will showcase the work
of some of Ireland's best known and most respected chefs.
Shanahan from Fishy Café, Kinsale, Rory O'Connell from
Ballymaloe Cookery School and Michael O'Meara from Oscar's Bistro
in Galway (author of the top-selling 'Sea Gastronomy', which
recently won Best Cookbook in the World) will share some of
their favourite recipes and culinary tips, while BIM's 2015
Young Fishmonger Of The Year, Gerard Collier from The Fisherman's
Catch, Clogherhead, will help take the mystery out of choosing
and preparing fish and shellfish.
talented quartet will help audiences to discover more about
the rich resources we harvest from the sea, with a special focus
on sustainable fishing. From established everyday favourites
to high end, luxury, the chefs will show that there is a seafood
dish for almost every occasion. Some great local producers will
be on hand too, offering opportunities to sample and buy, either
to enjoy on the spot at SeaFest or to take home to share with
all the family.
to the harbour-side marquee will also find out about 'Taste
the Atlantic' a seafood journey stretching south from
Erris in County Mayo to Connemara and on to Galway Bay, passing
some of Ireland's most breath-taking seascapes and landmarks:
a whole new way to experience the Wild Atlantic Way and to learn
more about how Irish seafood is caught and farmed.
will also use the opportunity, via its hard-hitting 'Live To
Tell The Tale' campaign, to remind audiences of the risks that
our fishermen face in bringing the catch of the day to our tables.
Bia Seafood Extravaganza Stage Schedule*:
*All times are subject to change
10.45am 11.15am Gerard Collier, Fishmonger of the Year
11.30am-12.30pm Michael O'Meara, Oscars Restaurant, Galway
12.45pm 1.15pm Gerard Collier, Fishmonger of the Year
1.30pm-2.30pm Rory O'Connell, Ballymaloe Cookery School, Co.
2.45pm 3.15pm Gerard Collier, Fishmonger of the Year
3.30pm-4.30pm Rory O'Connell, Ballymaloe Cookery School, Co.
4.45pm 5.15pm Gerard Collier, Fishmonger of the Year
10.45am 11.15pm Gerard Collier, Fishmonger of the Year
11.30am - 12.30pm Martin Shanahan, Fishy Fishy Café,
Kinsale, Co. Cork
12.45am 1.15pm Gerard Collier, Fishmonger of the Year
1.30pm - 2.30pm Michael O'Meara, Oscars Restaurant, Galway
2.45pm 3.15pm Gerard Collier, Fishmonger of the Year
3.30pm - 4.30pm Martin Shanahan, Fishy Fishy Café, Kinsale,
4.45pm 5.15pm Gerard Collier, Fishmonger of the Year
a step away from the tented cuisine lies the Festival Village
where show-goers will find a host of festival market stalls
serving hot and cold snacks and beverages as well as creative
retailing from some of Galway's finest craftspeople and artisans.
song and dance will combine to keep the mood buoyant with everything
from military band recitals to trad sessions and some expertly
exotic shimmying from the MaSamba Samba School.
entertainment will be all around with storyteller Pat Ryan weaving
magical spells with seafaring yarns and tales of what lies beneath
the sea, while stilt-walkers, cartoon characters and street
performers add to the free family fun.
Shell, the Amazing Circus Mermaid, will stage a fishy show to
put a smile on anyone's face. Expect the unexpected as this
fun and colourful underwater creature sings her way beautifully
into your heart, performs a brilliantly comedic fish-juggling
routine, packs in some exquisite dolphin tricks and rounds the
show off with a fantastic multihoop hula hoop finale!
the more serious marine theme, but still ready for fun, the
Irish Sailing Association, in partnership with local Galway
Clubs and Training Centres, will give an insight into the preparatory
training that will take Irish Olympian Annalise Murphy to Rio.
SeaFesters can also see and feel how boats sail using Model
Sailboats in the Docks. Inspired attendees will be able to find
out from local club members how to try sailing or join a club
in Galway, while staff from the ISA will provide updates on
marine developments and links to the rest of Ireland for all
will be buzzing for SeaFest and, while that's good news for
all concerned, it's well worth checking in advance with www.seafest.ie
for up to date information on transport and parking arrangements.
FAMOUS TALL SHIP SETS SAIL FOR SEAFEST
Star Tall Ship, The Phoenix all set for SeaFest
of the worlds most famous Tall Ships, which has had a
starring role in dozens of box office seafaring films and TV
series, is on its way to Galway to take part in this weekends
big SeaFest maritime festival. The The Phoenix,
left its home port of Charlestown Harbour in Cornwall yesterday
and is due to arrive under full sail on Galway Bay on Thursday.
Its weekend stay in Galway will be one of the highlights of
SeaFest which is expected to attract thousands of visitors to
112 foot long twin masted Brigantine which carries 4,000 square
feet of sail, will be instantly recognisable to film goers from
the role it played in the epic film 1492: Conquest of
Paradise the Ridley Scott directed fictionalized story
of Christopher Columbuss discovery of the New World. For
its role in the film The Phoenix was converted into
a 15th century caravel to accurately replicate Columbuss
flagship The Sancta Maria and the conditions its
sailors experienced on their historic voyage of discovery.
Phoenix also had leading roles in the swashbuckling 1996
Moll Flanders, the story of the adventures of the
wickedest woman in England and her American sea captain lover;
Mansfield Park (1999) the romantic comedy drama based on the
original Jane Austen novel and Frenchmans Creek,
a 1998 TV movie in which The Phoenix was again converted,
this time to resemble a French privateer La Mouette
recently it was involved in the filming of the Tom Hardy television
series Taboo, as the Essex; in Ron Howards
movie In the Heart of the Sea (the true story which
inspired Herman Melville to write Moby Dick), Poldark
Series 1 and 2 and the Golden Globe nominated television series
Outlander. In December 2015 Phoenix promoted the
premiere of 'In the Heart of the Sea' sailing up the Thames
and through Tower Bridge with clips from the film projected
onto her sails.
Phoenix also has an extremely interesting maritime history
having been built in Denmark in 1929 to serve as a Danish Evangelical
Mission Schooner. She was involved in this mission work travelling
from port to port carrying evangelical missionaries for 20 years
before being retired in 1949. In Galway festival goers will
be able to visit The Phoenix and get a sense of
what life was like on board a historic Tall Ship over the week
end. Eight lucky young people will be able share in the experience
of a lifetime by sailing on The Phoenix on a sail
training voyage from Galway to Warrenpoint departing on 4th
July organised by the Atlantic Youth Trust.
to John Killeen, of SeaFest, (Chairman, Marine Institute) the
week end will bring something of the excitement of the two great
Volvo Ocean Race festivals to Galway and the arrival of The
Phoenix one of the worlds most filmed and
best known tall ships - will be one of the dramatic highlights.
permitting the The Phoenix, which is now making
its way across the English Channel, will arrive under full sail
in the Bay sometime on Thursday and will have pride of place
in the harbour during the festival. We are hoping, because of
its association with so many famous films and TV series, that
it will be a huge attraction and we will be encouraging people
to some to send some time on board it.
the week 8 lucky young people will be selected by competition
to sail on The Phoenix from Galway to Warrenpoint
as part of SeaFests role in promoting a love of the sea
among young people.
online via www.atlanticyouthtrust.org/seafest
us for the Bord Iascaigh Mhara Family Seafood Experience in
association with SeaFest 2016
Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd July 2016
Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) in association with SeaFest 2016 will host
a two day Seafood Experience with fun for all the family in
the Big Top on the Docks in Galway on Saturday 2nd
and Sunday 3rd July 2016.
to educate and inform visitors, the BIM Seafood Experience will
take you on a magical journey of all things seafood! BIMs
interactive showcase will explain how our seafood is caught
and farmed and how sustainability is vital to our fishermen
and fish farmers in protecting their stocks. This educational
tour will include custom built cinemas showing Tails from
the Deep, a specially commissioned short movie giving
an exclusive glimpse into the life of an Irish fisherman. Professor
OMaras Undersea Farm, an animated character
who will explain how our world famous oysters, mussels and salmon
part of the BIM Seafood sustainability programme, there will
be regular live lobster v-notching demonstrations. BIMs
Lobster v-notching conservation programme has been a great success
with over 30,000 lobsters returned to sea in 2015. Fishermen
who participate in the programme are paid grant-aid to v-notch
(cut a v shaped cut in the tail) of a female lobster allowing
her to return to sea to breed.
area will also include a visual and hands on exhibition space
explaining how our fishermen and seafood producers are embracing
sustainability in their business including BIMs Fishing
for Litter initiative, BIMs Green Seafood Business Programme
and new fishing net technology that allows fishermen to fish
in a way that is more environmentally friendly.
partnership with Bord Bia, seafood cookery demonstrations from
celebrity TV chefs Martin Shanahan and Rory OConnell
not to mention Michael OMeara, chef and owner of Oscars
Seafood Bistro in Galway and recent winner at the prestigious
Gourmand World Cookbook Awards for his cookbook Sea Gastronomy
along with BIMs Young Fishmonger of the Year 2015 (Gerard
Collier from Fishermans Catch, Clogherhead, Co. Louth)
are sure to draw a crowd with a range of delicious seafood recipes,
filleting techniques and tastings of locally sourced seafood
available throughout the day. There will also be an opportunity
for visitors to sample and purchase seafood products from 16
Irish Seafood Companies.
you want to taste beer made from seaweed? Or, how about salmon
sausages? Based on the work of the BIM Seafood Development Centre,
all sorts of novel seafood products will be available and this
is your chance to see them before they hit the supermarket shelves.
on from BIMs Live to Tell the Tale safety at sea campaign
earlier this year and the focus on how dangerous fishing is
with 53 fishermen losing their lives in the last ten years;
the importance of wearing a Personal Flotation Device (PFD)
will also be a key part of BIMs presence at the event.
BIMs expert training staff will run regular exciting demonstrations
of the new compact PFD with integrated Personal Locator Beacons
in a custom made water pool right beside the exhibition area.
whether you want to expand your knowledge of seafood, learn
how to easily cook seafood at home or round it all off with
the chance of winning a great prize in our seafood knowledge
quiz; the BIM Seafood Experience is a must attend event on the
2nd and 3rd July!
BIM Seafood Experience is part-funded by the Exchequer and European
Union through Irelands EMFF Operational Programme 2014-2020.
For more information on SeaFest 2016 and BIM, please visit www.seafest.ie
leaders in maritime innovation to convene in Galway for Our
Ocean Wealth Conference
Our Ocean Wealth conference will bring international and national
industry leaders, policy makers, researchers and maritime entrepreneurs
together on 1st July 2016 in NUIG to discuss marine innovation,
marine spatial planning, healthy ocean ecosystems and sustainability.
theme of this years third annual conference is Into
the Blue Innovating for our Marine Future and key
speakers include Vice Admiral Mark Mellett, head of the Irish
Defence Forces, European Commission DG Research Head of Marine
Resources Sigi Gruber, Gerald Fleming of Met Eireann, Craig
McLean, US National Ocean & Atmospheric Administration and
Linda Rosborough of Marine Scotland.
new Minister for Agriculture, Food and Marine Micheal Creed
T.D. will give his first formal address on the marine economy
at the conference.
number of other blue economy events are also taking place to
coincide with the Our Ocean Wealth conference, including a Sea
Change Researchers Workshop at the Marine Institute, The Digital
Ocean event at the Meyrick Hotel and the BIM National Seafood
Conference which all take place on Thursday 30th June.
hundred people are expected to attend the Our Ocean Wealth conference,
which is being held in Galway this year as part of SeaFest,
Irelands national maritime festival from 30th June to
more information, please visit ouroceanwealth.ie
SeaFests whats on page for the latest details as
they are added to the events programme of FREE activities,
times and locations. Join in the SeaFest fun on Facebook or
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our July issue this month:
Irish Fishing Industry Concerned About
Negative Impact of UK Vote to Leave EU
a vote to leave the EU may be viewed as a positive step by some
in the UK fishing industry as a means to greatly enhance their
fishing industry, from an Irish fishing industrys perspective,
the opposite may in fact be the case. As a whole the Irish fishing
community has never been a lover of the EU particularly the
CFP and have always considered that it did not get a fair share
of the resources.
overall 2015 fishing opportunities (TACs species) for
stocks to which the Irish fleet had access, were 1.1 million
tonnes with an estimated landed value of €1.05 billion.
Irelands total share of these TACs amounted to 227,693
tonnes with estimated first sale value of €205 million.
This represents 20% by tonnage and 19.5% by value. A vote by
the UK to leave the EU could have some serious ramifications
for the Irish fishing industry on a number of levels such as
sharing and access arrangements, trade swaps and Hague Preference.
The two main economic fisheries, Mackerel and Nephrops are shared
stocks and it is very uncertain to how these would be managed
in the future given the already complex nature of the negotiations.
With A Nasty Twist
and new experts have been cutting their teeth of
late advising us on the pros and cons of the will
I stay or will I go now campaign. Now Brexit
has happened. The clever spinning of the hard borders
idea, the devaluation of sterling and trade impediments were
all mixed into the narrative to dissuade supporters in favour
of a Brexit or those perched on the fence happily taking stock,
whos salvation was still up for grabs.
Imposes Unworkable Restrictions on Ship Lift at
Féin Finance Spokesperson Deputy Pearse Doherty has hit
out at Marine Minister, Michael Creed, following his decision
to introduce harsh new rules at Killybegs Harbour which restrict
access hours to the ports Syncrolift boat lifting system.
a response to a Parliamentary Question tabled by Deputy Doherty
in which the Minister was asked to explain why maintenance crews
and ship owners in Killybegs have had their access to the device
reduced in recent days, the Minister confirmed that the decision
to impose such restrictions to lifting hours at the harbour
had been made and that the new measures were as a result of
staffing shortages at the Department run facility.
for Further Reform as Changes to Fishing Penalty Point System
Department of Marine has announced that the Minister will introduce
a new fishing penalty point system that will sequentially apply
EU penalty points in conjunction with the prosecution process,
unlike the current system which sees fishermen unfairly treated
according to Independent TD Thomas Pringle.
very much welcome the decision announced by the Minister for
Agriculture to change the current penalty point system. The
Minister has confirmed that the assignment of points will not
happen until the conclusion of any prosecution that is taking
reports and further reaction in our July issue out now!
J" at YOughal Harbour, Cork
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