launched on proposal to increase Celtic Sea Herring sentinel
for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed has launched
a public consultation on a proposal to increase the quota available
to the Celtic Sea Herring sentinel fishery. A once off increase
of 500 tonnes for this fishery for 2016 is proposed and views
of stakeholders are being sought by Tuesday 26th July.
sentinel fishery was severely hampered by poor weather in November
and December 2015 where a quota of 2,212 tonnes was allocated
but only 990 tonnes was caught. Under National management arrangements,
quotas are allocated within a year and may not be carried forward
into the following year in respect of individual boats or groups
of boats within a fishery.
fishery is an important one for the inshore sector and is open
to all polyvalent vessels under 17m, it provides a much needed
source of income to many vessels from around the coast at what
can be a very lean time of year. The 2016 Celtic Sea Herring
adjusted quota is 17,492 tonnes, of which 1,880 tonnes is available
for the sentinel fishery.
the outset the NIFF (National Inshore Fisheries Forum) endeavoured
to secure an increase in quota for the 2016 fishery in order
to somewhat mitigate the financial hardship experienced by inshore
fishermen who participated in the 2015 fishery.
of the low catches in 2015 and at the request of the NIFF, The
previous Marine Minister Simon Coveney sought a recommendation
from the Celtic Sea Herring Management Advisory Committee (CSHMAC)
on increasing the allocation to the Celtic Sea Herring sentinel
fishery for 2016, as an exceptional measure. The committee advised
in March 2016 that they would not be in a position to agree
on an increase in the allocation for the sentinel fishery as
this would mean a pro-rata deduction for the main Celtic Sea
Minister has decided to seek views on an increased allocation
to the sentinel fishery of 500 tonnes on an exceptional basis.
This proposal will not involve any change on Ministerial policy
on the management of the Celtic Sea Herring fishery as this
proposal will only be applicable to 2016.
on the launch of the public consultation NIFF chairman Alex
Crowley told Marine Times, "This is an opportunity for
the inshore sector to unite and show some badly needed solidarity,
something we have failed to do previously, to our detriment.
It's an opportunity for the sector to have its voice heard and
demonstrate that there is weight in numbers.
its a public consultation, It's also an opportunity for those
in the many coastal communities that are supported by the inshore
sector to show their support for that sector."
added, "Traditionally the inshore sector has been poor
to speak out with a cohesive voice and many fail to submit to
public consultations. I sincerely hope that this will change
and that the wider sector and those supported by it will avail
of this opportunity.
pointless for those in the inshore fisheries forums to try and
fight for the inshore sector if it won't fight for itself when
given the opportunity, a simple one line email or letter in
the post is all that's required in this case."
of the consultation can be found at DAFM's website http://www.agriculture.gov.ie/customerservice/publicconsultations/
Interested parties may submit comments in writing to FisheriesConsultation@agriculture.gov.ie
by 5pm on Tuesday 26th July 2016.
Or by Post to Rosie Allen, Sea Fisheries Policy and Management
Division, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, National
Seafood Centre, Clonakilty, Co. Cork..
of Water to Demonstrate Power of the Sea in RNLI Respect The
RNLI has placed a unique tonne of water on Dun Laoghaire's East
Pier and at Galway City's Spanish Arch for the Summer months
in a bid to show visitors and locals alike the power of the
sea. The tonne of water which will be on the East Pier in Dun
Laoghire and at the Spanish Arch in Galway City until the end
of August, forms part of the RNLI's Respect the Water campaign.
It will demonstrate to people how heavy a relatively small volume
of water is - one cubic metre of water weighs one tonne.
tonne is printed with important advice about the power of water,
such as how fast a rip current can flow. It is created to be
a visual and engaging way of delivering this message to people,
to help them realise that, no matter how strong a swimmer they
might be, they are no match for the power of the water.
RNLI launched its annual national drowning prevention campaign,
Respect the Water last month, and this year the charity is warning
the public to watch out for key dangers that can catch people
out in or near water.
the Water aims to highlight the risk of accidental drowning
when people are near the coastline by encouraging safer behaviour
both in and around the water. The campaign is primarily aimed
at males aged between 16 and 39 but the same advice is relevant
for anyone visiting the coast.
Coastal fatality figures released by the RNLI show that an average
of 23 people die through accidental drowning around the coast
of the Republic of Ireland each year.
RNLI is warning of the key dangers that can lead to accidental
drowning - cold water, unexpected entry into the water, and
rip currents and waves.
campaign will reinforce the key message 'Treat water with respect,
not everyone can be saved' on a range of channels throughout
Hynes, RNLI Community Incident Reduction Manager said: "We
want everyone to enjoy the water. However, it is powerful and
unpredictable and people need to treat it with respect. We are
hoping by engaging with this visual tonne of water, have a go
at moving it and reading the advice printed on the tonne, people
will learn just how powerful water can be. Each year RNLI lifeboat
crews rescue hundreds of people around Ireland but sadly, not
everyone can be saved. The real tragedy is that many of these
deaths could have been prevented.
water is a real killer, People often don't realise how cold
our waters can be - even in summer months the water temperature
rarely exceeds 12 degrees, which is cold enough to trigger cold
water shock. If you enter the water suddenly at that temperature,
you'll start gasping uncontrollably, which can draw water into
your lungs and cause drowning. The coldness also numbs you,
leaving you helpless - unable to swim or shout for help."
Richardson, Dun Laoghaire RNLI Community Safety Officer added:
"The fact that over half of the people who die around our
coast each year never planned to enter the water serves as a
warning to us all to stay away from cliff edges, particularly
where there is slippery, unstable, unstable or uneven ground;
stick to marked paths and keep an eye on the water - watch out
for unexpected waves which can catch you out and sweep you into
Swan, Galway RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager added: "If
you're planning to enter the water be aware that, even if it
looks calm on the surface, there can be strong rip currents
beneath the surface, which can quickly drag you out to sea.
The sea is powerful and can catch out even the strongest and
most experienced swimmers."
charity is asking people to visit RNLI.org/RespectTheWater where
they will find information on coastal hazards, how to keep themselves
safe, and what to do should they someone else end up in trouble
in the water. On social media search #RepectTheWater.
to Grant Bio Marine Ingredients Ireland (BII) Killybegs Planning
Pat the Cope Gallagher T.D. welcomes An Bord Pleanala decision
to grant planning permission to Bio Marine Ingredients Ireland
(BII) Killybegs following an appeal by An Taisce to Donegal
County Councils original decision to grant planning to the development
in February 2015.
the Cope worked closely with the development from the outset
having played a key role in obtaining the national Boarfish
quota when he was a member of the European Parliament. Deputy
Gallagher lobbied to ensure the development obtain planning
permission having submitted a detailed report outlining the
benefits of allowing such a facilitate planning for the fishing
sector and the Killybegs region. The plant will be extracting
nutrients, proteins and oils from Boarfish and Blue whiting
with special emphasis and focus on health and the sports nutrition
market. This is welcome news for Killybegs and the fishing sector
and offers the potential for job creation both at construction
stage and when the plant is in production when more permanent
jobs will be made available. This project offers great potential
for added value for fishing stock; it offers diversification
and an entire new line of products to be derived from fishing
stock. The plant will be of the highest technologies and state
of the art facilities when constructed focusing on extracting
high end proteins, oils and calcium from fish. It is by allowing
facilities such as BII Killybegs that the fishing sector will
maximise employment opportunity from fishing. This is a potential
game changer in the seafood sector with BII Killybegs leading
the way in developing health products, food ingredients and
proteins all derived from the seafood sector. BII offers great
potential for innovation and diversification concluded pat the
the Cope was critical of the delay in issuing the planning following
the appeal by An Taisce; "it is not acceptable that it
takes 17 months to deal with a project which potentially is
a €50 million euro investment to the region notwithstanding
the employment creation opportunities it offers". He complimented
the investors and directors of BII Killybegs for their commitment
to the project and despite the delays their willingness to see
the project to fruition. Pat the Cope paid a personal tribute
to the late Martin Howley who played a pivotal role in bringing
this project together and who spear headed the project before
his untimely death .The project will create 60 jobs at construction
stage on the site at the Industrial Road Killybegs which will
greatly benefit the local economy and up to 50 jobs when the
plant goes into production. The prospect of up to 50 permanent
jobs is much welcomed news for the Killybegs region stated Pat
conclusion Pat the Cope Gallagher hopes now the company can
move to site preparation and construction with out further delay.
Creates Minecraft Beach Survival Game to Teach Water Safety
Summer, the RNLI is launching year two of the charitys
Beach Builder Challenge using the interactive video game, Minecraft,
which allows children to create and build virtual worlds.
Beach Builder Challenge, available to play from Monday 1 August,
has been created by the RNLI to teach children about beach and
RNLI has expanded the virtual world to include a Beach Island
Adventure this year, which means as well as being able to create
epic beaches, this year creative youngsters are also tasked
with completing four levels in the Beach Island Adventure. The
four levels are based on the charitys Stay SAFE acronym:
Spot the dangers, Take Advice, Stay close to a Friend or family
member, Learn what to do in an Emergency.
Thompson, RNLI Lifeguard Supervisor on the Causeway Coast, said:
This is a fun and interactive game for 714 year
olds to play during the summer holidays. We really hope the
challenges will help Minecraft users visiting the beach this
summer put their newly acquired beach safety knowledge into
reality, and have fun while staying SAFE.
years Beach Builder Challenge was a huge success with
more than 8,000 children participating from all over the world,
including Canada, Australia and the USA. It also proved successful
in helping to reach a high number of children living in inland
communities across Ireland and the UK.
from 2015 suggests the game is an excellent education platform
particularly as results found that 97% of participants, after
playing the game, knew to go to a lifeguarded beach; and there
was a 20% increase in the number of children who knew to dial
999 and ask for the coastguard if they saw someone in trouble
at the beach.
Appleby-Gunnill, the RNLIs Community Safety Product Manager,
added: Weve created a fun, educational experience
where a young person can engage and learn about water safety
in a self-organised way and where academic ability does not
limit learning. Research suggests that children learn and retain
more when they can organise their own learning. Last years
feedback has shown Minecraft to be a fantastic enabler in allowing
this to happen.
really hopeful the results of this years challenge will
be just as encouraging. Well be looking for participants
to take part in research, to help us further develop ways to
enable water safety learning in this age group.
year, children using different platforms will be able to talk
to one another while taking part in the challenge, to register
your childs involvement email email@example.com.
Nets 60,000 Visitors
than 60,000 visitors flocked to SeaFest, Irelands national
maritime festival, last weekend to enjoy an action-packed programme
centred on Galway Harbour.
from the SEAFEST 2016 at Galway Docks which saw thousands of
visitors explore ancient, modern and military ships along with
scientific ones with activities and Seafood in abundance Photo:
Andrew Downes XPOSURE
Peter Heffernan, CEO of the Marine Institute, was delighted
at the public response and at the enthusiasm for Irelands
marine heritage which underpinned the festivities. He said;
SeaFest is all about is increasing participation and engagement
with the sea, showcasing Irelands abundant maritime resources
and celebrating our proud maritime heritage. An initiative of
the inter-departmental Marine Coordination Group, SeaFest supports
the goals of Harnessing Our Wealth An Integrated Marine
Plan for Ireland in relation to engaging with the Sea. That
plan is ambitious and complex in its reach, but as the weekend
proved, everyone can identify with the core messages of appreciating,
enjoying and protecting this wonderful natural resource.
the crowds in Galway showed, the sea is a fantastic source of
fun and entertainment and we were thrilled to see so many people
locals and visitors alike join in the spirited
was a hugely ambitious venture and Galway rose to the challenge
of providing a fabulous weekend which both informed and entertained.
Id like to thank all the bodies involved in supporting
this venture, including Bord Iascaigh Mhara, Bord Bia, Commissioners
of Irish Lights, the Port of Galway, National University of
Ireland in Galway, the Department of Defence, the Irish Coastguard,
the RNLI, Galway City Council, and my colleagues at the Marine
and a special thank you to all those volunteers
who brought their enthusiasm, expertise and passion for the
sea to the project.
John Killeen, Chair of The Marine Institute, said; Were
extremely proud to be playing our part in the wider Harnessing
Our Ocean Wealth initiative, providing opportunities for
people of every age and interest to deepen their knowledge and
appreciation of the ocean, building on how we can each act to
protect our abundant maritime resources.
the benefits which flow from the sea are those which impact
positively on our tourism industry and I am happy to say at
SeaFest delivered handsomely in this respect. Our citys
vibrant hospitality sector greatly benefited from the influx
of people attracted by the high profile event and the harbour
provided the perfect focal point for family fun on and off the
water. I hope that many of those who came to visit us because
of the excitement of SeaFest will return at a later stage to
explore at their leisure.
the scene-stealing on the water excitement was the
spectacle of the Galway Hookers challenge for the Galway
Plate; the arrival of the gracious tall ship, The Phoenix, and
Frank Bölter sailing his quirky large scale origami paper
boat into the harbour in partnership with TULCA for Galway 2020.!
dry land, an array of seafaring attractions kept young and old
amused and intrigued
from Bord Iascaigh Mhara and Bord
Bias seafood extravaganza packed with great natural produce
and cookery demonstrations by celebrity chefs to tours of ocean-going
vessels and the Marine Institutes Our Wild Atlantic
What Lies Beneath marquee with its interactive
exhibits on marine life and creatures of the deep.
SeaFest also brought to the city a major focus on research and
the marine economy with a number of marine-related business
and research events taking place in the lead-up to the public
festivities. The third annual Our Ocean Wealth Conference
allowed speakers and delegates of national and international
status to delve more deeply into the theme of Innovating for
our Marine Future, exploring and strengthening Irelands
maritime heritage, economy and identity.
www.seafest.ie for more details. For more information on Harnessing
Our Ocean Wealth: An Integrated Marine plan for Ireland visit
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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