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NIFF Launch New Website for Inshore Fishermen

(Oct 26th '16): NIFF (National Inshore Fisheries Forum) has launched a new website to cater for inshore fishermen which will provide them with all the up to date information currently affecting the inshore sector. The website, inshoreforums.ie provides fishermen with all the important inshore fishing news including fishery management notices, relevant marine notices, dates of upcoming meetings as well as profiles of all RIFF (Regional Inshore Fisheries Forum) and NIFF members. Minister Creed said, “Getting inshore fishing communities involved in decision-making is the key aim of the Forum initiative. The new website is a vital tool both to make information available and also to foster interaction and discussion. I hope that it will become a regular port of call for all interested in developing a sustainable future for this sector.”

The inshore sector (comprising fishing boats of less than 12 metres in overall length) make up more than 80% of the fishing fleet and are predominately active within six nautical miles of the Irish shore.

The Minister also thanked BIM and the Forum delegates for their work in designing and contributing to the Inshore Forums website.

This was the 8th meeting of the NIFF, which was established in 2014. The Budget 2017 introduction of the Fisher’s Tax Credit (based on the seafarer’s allowance model) and changes to the Fish Assist Scheme were highlighted as important income support mechanisms for inshore fishing communities.

Minister Creed acknowledged the role of the Forums and others in the fishing industry in advocating for income support “Maintaining jobs and attracting new entrants have been identified by our stakeholders as a key challenge for our fishing industry, including the inshore sector. This annual tax credit specifically for fishermen of €1,270, which mirrors the value of the Seafarer’s allowance, is important recognition for their contribution to Ireland’s Blue Economy.”

Proposals to revise the conservation measures for lobster and to introduce technical conservation measures for the velvet crab fishery were put forward for discussion by the NIFF at the meeting.

Inside our November issue this month:

Gardai Refuse to Explain Why They Used Armed Officers to Raid Fishing Boats in Castletownbere and Howth
But Admit That No Evidence of Trafficking Was Found

Why does Garda Siochana administration believe it is necessary to send armed Gardai to carry out raids on the fishing industry?

That question remains unanswered after the action in early October which targeted Castletownbere and Howth. Those raids are the subject of a complaint to GSOC, the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission, the independent statutory body responsible for overseeing the Gardai. After the raids the MARINE TIMES put a list of questions to the Garda Press Office. A long reply was received which avoided answering the major question – why did the Gardai used armed officers?

Read the full Marine Times Investigation by Tom MacSweeney, Deputy Editor, Marine Times Newspaper in our November issue

Several Unsuccessful Fisheries Causing Hardship for Inshore Fishermen this Season

Inshore fishermen on the West and North West coasts of Ireland are facing into a bleak winter due to the failures of both the shrimp and velvet crab fisheries. This was compounded by the failure of brown crabs to arrive in any quantity inshore on the North West coast, and what can only be described as a mediocre lobster fishery this summer.

Ireland’s FLAG Programme Supporting our Coastal Communities

Ireland’s Fisheries Local Action Group or FLAG programme has delivered over €1 million, via direct and indirect investment from 2013-2016 to our coastal communities. Over 186 projects were funded on the basis of their consistency with principles set out in the respective Local Development Strategies, namely; strengthening the competitiveness of fisheries areas; adding value to fisheries products; diversification and supporting small fisheries and tourism related infrastructure and services.

Harbour Raids

The entire fishing community in Howth was in Shock and Disbelief following the Raids in Howth and Castletownbere on Wednesday 5th October. It was in fact quite surreal and akin to walking onto a movie set with Armed Guards, sniffer dogs, Immigration, Work Relations Commission, Revenue and Navy Ships and RIB’s. But despite the outrage felt toward the completely disproportionate aggressive approach which was an insult to all of us working within the industry it should actually be noted and in fact in some ways celebrated because not one single vessel was found to be guilty of anything!!! What really happened was, that our industry was exonerated of any wrong doing. Has anyone from any authority, publicly stood up and said this? No! of course not.

Full reports and further reaction in our November issue out now!

MFV Alma Amy passing the Hook on her way to Dunmore East. Photo courtesy William Power
MFV Sancta Maria III at Howth. Photo courtesy Tracey Floyd.

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Defibrillators now available for use in Galway Docks

Galway RNLI Lifeboat and the Port of Galway were today (Monday 24 October) each presented with a Heart Safe Award from the Irish Heart Foundation in recognition of training in life-support undertaken in both organisations. Galway Lifeboat is the first RNLI station to receive this award.

Twenty-five RNLI Lifeboat volunteers and six Port of Galway staff completed a life-support training course delivered by Galway Lifeboat crew member and HSE nurse Olivia Byrne during the summer.

A defibrillator was recently purchased by the Port of Galway Company at Galway Docks. The lifesaving device has been installed in the Port of Galway Office for use by staff there as well as the trained volunteers in the nearby Galway Lifeboat Station and the general Docks area.

Olivia Byrne says "It was great to see so many people who work in the Harbour avail of this training which ultimately helps save lives, in addition to our work saving lives at sea. The defibrillator has already been put to use."

The course was certified by the Irish Heart Foundation and imparted skills of basic life-support and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). It included practical training involving the use of mannequins for compressions, breaths, defibrillation, and assisting a person who is choking."
Presenting the Heartsafe Awards, Sarah Cain of the Irish Heart Foundation, says; "We are delighted to present these awards to Galway RNLI Lifeboat and the Port of Galway. Both organisations have shown incredible dedication towards achieving this award, and I have no doubt that their actions will save more lives."

Ms Cain added: "Unfortunately in Ireland, about 5,000 people die from sudden cardiac arrest each year. But thanks to the efforts of the Port of Galway and RNLI, more people in the Galway area have a better chance of survival."

Cpt. Brian Sheridan, Harbour Master, Port of Galway, says: "Whether it's for employment or enjoyment, being in and around the water presents risk and while there have always been lifebelts and first aid stations around the harbour, it was felt that an AED located at the port offices would enhance public safety. Since establishing an AED at the Port, others have followed suit and now there are 4 more defibrillators located at Bord Iascaigh Mhara, Bord na Mona, Bus Eireann and Topaz Energy".

Mike Swan, Galway RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager, says: We are delighted that the Port of Galway and Galway Lifeboat station have received this recognition from the Irish Heart Foundation. Thanks to the Port of Galway for supplying this device, which means that our lifesaving capabilities are now further increased.

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Shortlist for Inaugural BIM National Seafood Awards Announced

The shortlist for the inaugural National Seafood Awards, organised by Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), the Seafood Development Agency, has just been announced. The finalists have been selected for their outstanding contributions in the areas of Skills, Sustainability, Innovation and Competitiveness and the overall winners in each category will be revealed by MC, Des Cahill at the Gala Awards ceremony in the Clayton Hotel, Ballsbridge, Dublin on the 17th November 2016.

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Read more in our November issue

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Hollywood Star Brendan Gleeson Attends RNLI Ladies Lunch in Aid of Howth RNLI

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Changing Demographics Could ‘Mothball’ the Coastline

“Non-locals only seem to get excited by campaigns AGAINST something. They are rarely ever FOR better roads, broadband, access to piers, factories or fish farms. Their involvement in local issues seems to be focused on campaigning against things – planning permissions, new businesses, upgrades of piers, oyster farms, new bridges, walkways, car parks for tourists… ”

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