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Volume 26 No. 11 April 2014

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WEDS, APRIL 2, 7.30 p.m.

Three of the country's leading maritime organisations are joining forces with Youghal Community Radio to support the monthly series of hour-long maritime radio programmes, THIS ISLAND NATION, broadcast from 7.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. on the first Wednesday night of each month on Youghal Radio cry104fm and available on the website: www.cry104fm.com both live and as a Podcast.

The RNLI which operates the country's lifeboats; Irish Water Safety, which is the national State body for safety on the water and the Commissioners of Irish Lights that runs the lighthouses and navigational aids all around the Irish coast will provide monthly report inserts to the programme from this Wednesday, April 2.

This month's programme will include interviews with the new Head of the National Maritime College in Cork Harbour, Conor Mowlds, who will discuss what the College has achieved as it comes to its tenth anniversary in existence; the Captain of the German Naval tall ship, Gorch Fock, which visited Cobh, who explains why in these modern times the German Navy still trains cadets on a sailing ship and a man who is fighting for the survival of one of Ireland's iconic heritage ships. Youghal maritime author, Mike Hackett, will recall sailing ships on the historic Blackwater and there will be a round-up of the latest national and international news.

The programme is presented by Tom MacSweeney.

€23m Package for Piers and Harbours Country Wide
Details of a €23m package for the repair of public owned piers, harbours and slipways damaged during the winter storms and for investment in the ongoing development of Ireland’s public harbour network has been announced. Amongst the investment is money finally being made available (€4m) to end the thirty year wait for dredging of Dunmore East harbour!

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Mackerel Deal Has Rewarded Those That Have Acted Irresponsibly Over the Years
Short-Term Gain Could Lead to Long-Term Losses for Ireland

After four years of stalemate and numerous meetings, three of the four Coastal States, EU, Norway and the Faereos Islands have finally signed a five years mackerel deal. Iceland did not sign the deal as they refused to commit to not fishing mackerel in Greenlandic waters unlike the other three parties. The Killybegs Fishermens Organisation (KFO) see some positives in the deal but is concerned that the short term gain in increased catches for Ireland for 2014 could lead to long-term losses in our number one economic fishery due to 12.6% share given to the Faeroes.

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Blue Whiting Increase for Polyvalent Sector
Pauric Gallagher reports: Current management measures in place for the Blue Whiting fishery may change shortly as some in the polyvalent sector are lobbying Minister Coveney for an increase in the polyvalent share from the current 6% to 9%. This has arisen after the Irish South and West Fish Producers Organisation requested a review of the existing management arrangements in December.

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EU Deal on New 6.5 Billion Euro Fish Fund “Good For Ireland”
A political agreement on the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) is now in place following protracted negotiations between the European Parliament, the European Commission and the Council of Ministers. The fund is worth EUR 6.5 billion to the fisheries and aquaculture sectors in the EU for the period 2014 to 2020. Negotiations on the EMFF broke down before Christmas due to a disagreement over the allocation of funding for data collection and control. .

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Fishermen and families of fishermen prtest outside Minister Coveney's office.

Ignoring the Oireachtas Coastal and Islands Report
It is an indication of the lack of concern for and interest in the future of areas remote from the centre of Government attention, that there has been no positive response yet to the request for a debate in the Dáil and Senate about the Report of the Oireachtas Joint Sub-Committee on Fisheries Promoting Sustainable Rural Coastal and Island Communities. The present Coalition Government has been criticised from several quarters for its apparent focus on urban centres, while allegedly presiding over the decay of rural areas. The closure of rural Garda Stations and consequent removal of protection against criminal activity which they provided; closure of hospitals and schools in rural areas; moves to close rural post offices are all regarded as indicators that the Government is more focussed on urban commitment.

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MFV “Pacelli" - photo by Martin Doherty.

One Off Scheme to Assist Inshore Fishermen
Pauric Gallagher reports: The announcement by Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Mr. Simon Coveney of the government’s decision to introduce a temporary, one-off scheme of assistance to pot fishermen for the replacement of lobster and shrimp pots lost or destroyed in the recent storms has been broadly welcomed. The scale of losses and damaged gear is unprecedented, pots were not only lost on the fishing grounds, but many were washed off piers by the ferocity of waves and either destroyed or swept out to sea.

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Fishermen’s Mission Come to Assistance of Hard Pressed Fishing Families in Northern Ireland
It has come to the attention of the Marine Times Newspaper that fishermen in Northern Ireland who have struggled to make any money since last October queued up at the Fishermen’s Mission building in Ardglass to receive emergency hand-outs after it came to the Mission’s attention that fishermen and their families were in dire straights. Fishermen’s Mission superintendent Maurice Lake succeeded in finding an emergency fund and made it available to the fishermen and their families experiencing severe hardship. It is understood that that a sum of around £50,000 has been made available to assist across the three fishing ports of Portavogie, Ardglass and Kilkeel.

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To celebrate 10 successful years in business, Gannet Fishmongers will host a fundraiser on Saturday 5th April in aid of the Irish Lifeboats. All the proceeds from the sale of fish at their busy Galway Market stall and Eyre Square Shopping Centre store will be donated directly to the RNLI, with over €10,000 expected to be raised on the day. Pictured at the announcement is Stephane Griesbach of Gannet Fishmongers, Stormy Stan and Tony Hiney of the RNLI.

What About Us Lads???
Art Kavanagh writes: I remember during the last big outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease in Ireland when movement of cattle and indeed People was restricted because of spread of the Disease – trade was badly affected. Obviously the whole Agriculture Sector from the Farmers on the Land, to the Marts to the Factory / Producers took the most immediate “hit”.

Other events commercial and sporting which might have involved movements of Livestock were either curtailed if not abandoned and as a result there was a knock on effect on the Tourism/Hotel Industry.
I remember the Government providing aid and compensation to those affected by the Outbreak, and the Banks at the time were contacting their Farming and Hotel Clients offering to provide whatever assistance they could either in the form of additional Loan Facilities or Re Scheduling of existing Loans to take account of the cessation of trading.

After the recent spell of bad weather the Banks and the Government are already devising ways of helping those who have lost their crops and whose production for the coming year either in Tillage or in Animal Production has been severely damaged. And so it should be- I have no difficulty with that …..

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Pictured training at RNLI Poole, Dorset are the Union Hall RNLI crew of the new inshore lifeboat. (l-r) Stephen Hurley, Michael Limrick, Martin Limrick, Lee Miles, Tim O'Donovan and Hugh McNulty.

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