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It 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.

Located 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.

Martin 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.

The 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.

Visitors 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.

BIM 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.

BIM/Bord Bia Seafood Extravaganza Stage Schedule*:
*All times are subject to change

Saturday 2nd July
10.45am – 11.15am Gerard Collier, Fishmonger of the Year 2015
11.30am-12.30pm Michael O'Meara, Oscars Restaurant, Galway
12.45pm – 1.15pm Gerard Collier, Fishmonger of the Year 2015
1.30pm-2.30pm Rory O'Connell, Ballymaloe Cookery School, Co. Cork
2.45pm – 3.15pm Gerard Collier, Fishmonger of the Year 2015
3.30pm-4.30pm Rory O'Connell, Ballymaloe Cookery School, Co. Cork
4.45pm – 5.15pm Gerard Collier, Fishmonger of the Year 2015

Sunday 3rd July
10.45am – 11.15pm Gerard Collier, Fishmonger of the Year 2015
11.30am - 12.30pm Martin Shanahan, Fishy Fishy Café, Kinsale, Co. Cork
12.45am – 1.15pm Gerard Collier, Fishmonger of the Year 2015
1.30pm - 2.30pm Michael O'Meara, Oscars Restaurant, Galway
2.45pm – 3.15pm Gerard Collier, Fishmonger of the Year 2015
3.30pm - 4.30pm Martin Shanahan, Fishy Fishy Café, Kinsale, Co. Cork
4.45pm – 5.15pm Gerard Collier, Fishmonger of the Year 2015

Just 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.

Music, 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.

Children's 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.

Miss 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!

Maintaining 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 sailing needs.

Galway 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.

Movie Star Tall Ship, “The Phoenix” all set for SeaFest in Galway

One of the world’s 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 weekend’s 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 the city.

The 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 Columbus’s discovery of the New World. For its role in the film “The Phoenix” was converted into a 15th century caravel to accurately replicate Columbus’s flagship “The Sancta Maria” and the conditions its sailors experienced on their historic voyage of discovery.

“The 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 “Frenchman’s Creek”, a 1998 TV movie in which “The Phoenix was again converted, this time to resemble a French privateer “La Mouette”

Most recently it was involved in the filming of the Tom Hardy television series “Taboo”, as the “Essex”; in Ron Howard’s 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.

“The 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.

According 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 world’s most filmed and best known tall ships - will be one of the dramatic highlights.

“Weather 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”.

“During the week 8 lucky young people will be selected – by competition – to sail on “The Phoenix” from Galway to Warrenpoint as part of SeaFest’s role in promoting a love of the sea among young people”.

Apply online via www.atlanticyouthtrust.org/seafest

Join us for the Bord Iascaigh Mhara Family Seafood Experience in association with SeaFest 2016
Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd July 2016

Bord 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.

Designed to educate and inform visitors, the BIM Seafood Experience will take you on a magical journey of all things seafood! BIM’s 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 O’Mara’s Undersea Farm’, an animated character who will explain how our world famous oysters, mussels and salmon are farmed

As part of the BIM Seafood sustainability programme, there will be regular live lobster v-notching demonstrations. BIM’s 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.

This 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 BIM’s Fishing for Litter initiative, BIM’s Green Seafood Business Programme and new fishing net technology that allows fishermen to fish in a way that is more environmentally friendly.

In partnership with Bord Bia, seafood cookery demonstrations from celebrity TV chefs’ Martin Shanahan and Rory O’Connell not to mention Michael O’Meara, chef and owner of Oscar’s Seafood Bistro in Galway and recent winner at the prestigious Gourmand World Cookbook Awards for his cookbook ‘Sea Gastronomy’ along with BIM’s Young Fishmonger of the Year 2015 (Gerard Collier from Fisherman’s 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.

Do 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.

Following on from BIM’s 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 BIM’s presence at the event. BIM’s 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.

So 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!

The BIM Seafood Experience is part-funded by the Exchequer and European Union through Ireland’s EMFF Operational Programme 2014-2020. For more information on SeaFest 2016 and BIM, please visit www.seafest.ie and www.bim.ie

Global leaders in maritime innovation to convene in Galway for Our Ocean Wealth Conference

The 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.

The theme of this year’s 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.

The new Minister for Agriculture, Food and Marine Micheal Creed T.D. will give his first formal address on the marine economy at the conference.

A 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.

Several hundred people are expected to attend the Our Ocean Wealth conference, which is being held in Galway this year as part of SeaFest, Ireland’s national maritime festival from 30th June to 3rd July.

For more information, please visit ouroceanwealth.ie

Visit SeaFest’s what’s on page for the latest details as they are added to the event’s programme of FREE activities, times and locations. Join in the SeaFest fun on Facebook or follow SeaFest on Twitter.

Inside our July issue this month:

Uncharted Waters
Irish Fishing Industry Concerned About Negative Impact of UK Vote to ‘Leave’ EU

While 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 industry’s 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.

The overall 2015 fishing opportunities (TAC’s species) for stocks to which the Irish fleet had access, were 1.1 million tonnes with an estimated landed value of €1.05 billion. Ireland’s total share of these TAC’s 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.

Brexit With A Nasty Twist

Existing 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, who’s salvation was still up for grabs.

Minister Imposes ‘Unworkable’ Restrictions on Ship Lift at Killybegs Harbour

Sinn 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 port’s Syncrolift boat lifting system.

In 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.

Calls for Further Reform as Changes to Fishing Penalty Point System Welcomed

The 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.

“I 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 place."

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"Masie J" at YOughal Harbour, Cork

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Ní Riada Calls for Safeguarding of European Maritime and Fisheries Fund

MEP Liadh Ní Riada has called for the safeguarding of the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund and has asked for a commitment that no more cuts would be implemented.

Speaking after a meeting of the Budget committee this week, Ms Ní Riada said, “The Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) mid-term review, which the Commission must prepare before the end of 2016, should acknowledge that the MFF has been pushed to its limits over the past two years, and its size should match the challenges facing the EU.

“The EU needs to update its long-term spending plan to cope with unforeseen crises such as mass migration, youth unemployment and now Brexit. In addition, the crisis faced by the agricultural industry highlights that any funds allocated to the fishing industry cannot afford to face any threats or cuts.

“Therefore, I called for the protection of the EMFF and I was the only MEP to do so. I am not prepared to sit back and see the EU walk blindfolded into the years ahead, at the expense of our indigenous industries.

“In addition to this, in the wake of the results of the Brexit referendum, I submitted an amendment noting that the result of the referendum creates grave problems for the peace process and undermines the Good Friday Agreement.

“The EU has made an important contribution to encouraging peace and reconciliation in Ireland, in particular through these PEACE programmes which are targeted at the north of Ireland and border counties in the south. In saying that, I called on the Commission to carry on with its support for the peace process through the continued funding of the PEACE programme.

“Throughout the MFF mid-term review I will be raising these, and other concerns, to ensure the recurring backlog of overdue EU payments is tackled and the Commission looks beyond 2020, in terms of its budget.”


The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Micheal Creed TD met today with EU Fisheries Commissioner Karmenu Vella at the Fisheries Ministers Council in Luxembourg. This was the first formal meeting between the two men since Minster Creeds appointment.

Minister Creed said that “Today’s meeting was very useful and cordial and it gave me the opportunity to outline some of Ireland’s key fisheries concerns to Commissioner Vella who has a very good understanding of Irelands’ interests and issues”.

Minister Creed and Commissioner Vella exchanged views on a range of current topical fisheries issues and in particular the discussions around fishing opportunities for 2017.

The Minister went on to say “I wanted to take the opportunity today to impress upon the Commissioner the need for a sensible approach towards the implementation of the policy of maximum sustainable yield (MSY). I made the point that, in some cases, it may be necessary to delay reaching that target by a year or two. This will be vital for some of our important whitefish fisheries off the south coast.”

Minister Creed was attending the Agriculture & Fisheries Ministerial Council in Luxembourg where the main fisheries item on the agenda was the Commissions Communication of Fishing Opportunities for 2017. This is the first step in the process of negotiation that will establish Irelands fishing quotas for next year.

Following the Fisheries items, the Council of Agriculture Ministers discussed the evaluation of the Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Action Plan and EU Timber Regulations. Ministers also had the opportunity for an exchange of views on sustainable plant protection. The Netherlands Presidency provided an update to Ministers on the outcomes of the recent conference in Brussels on plant breeder’s rights.

Béal Boats – Life Changers
Pat Nolan

Having previously traced the histories of the BIM 50-footers in his book, Sea Change, and later those of the BIM 56-footers in, A Step Up, Pat on this occasion turns his attention to another class of BIM built boats, the 32-footers, widely known as Béal boats. The book, Life Changers, has emerged mainly as result of information gleaned through the tremendous response received from those who owned the boats, fished on them, or otherwise knew of them.

Low demand and poor prices paid for lobster in the 1940s resulted in many pre World War II lobster boats being laid up and falling into disrepair. That being the case, when an upturn came during the 1950s, those boats were no longer fit for purpose. New vessels were needed! As was the case when Bord Iascaigh Mhara introduced the 50-footers at a time of former need, again it was the same Bord that came to the rescue. It did so by having the 32ft boats built at its Yards. In all, over the years, thirty-six vessels were issued to fishermen on the basis of a deposit and repayment scheme. Not only was new life injected to the inshore fishing industry but also vital employment was provided at a time when emigration figures nationwide were registering at almost 1,000 per week.

The book, which is currently available, chronicles in as far as possible, the yards and years in which Béal boats were built, their initial cost and original owners, their first home ports, and a comprehensive subsequent history of each boat with anecdotes added. It also includes approximately fifty photographic illustrations.

On his research travels around the coast Pat met up with men at various ports who had a lifetime of fishing experiences to tell. Though unrelated to the Béal boats topic, he has included a selection of those experiences in the book. As a finale he has also included a summary of his personal coastal visits over several years.

The 171 page paperback, Life Changers, is available at €15/£12 (including postage and packaging), through any of the following links:
Pat Nolan, 16 Dunamallaght Rd, Ballycastle, Co Antrim, BT54 6PB
Phone: 0482076 2382 (from R.O.I)
or 0282076 2382 (from U.K /N.I.)
Mobile: 07561245538
(text name and address)
E-mail: patnolan1@hotmail.com
The book is also stocked by local bookshops.

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Lough Swilly RNLI Officially Name New Shannon Class Lifeboat Derek Bullivant in Buncrana

The first Shannon class RNLI lifeboat to go on service in Ireland was officially named on Saturday 25 June 2016 in a special ceremony attended by crowds of people in Buncrana, county Donegal. The €2.4m life-saving vessel has already been on nineteen callouts since its arrival on the North-West Coast last year and now it was officially named the ‘Derek Bullivant’ by the man responsible for getting the RNLI’s latest class of lifeboat named after an Irish river.

Better Option Than CCTV Cameras Already Available to Stop High Grading

The impending regulation to bring in a CCTV camera system for on-board pelagic vessels is not considered a credible option by most within the industry as a deterrent to discarding, and that a more logical and accurate alternative should be used by way of recording weight-per gram haul. The Irish industry is concerned that a CCTV system is not going to positively identify any vessel high grading, but says that the opposite is in fact the case and is a way of legitimising high grading on factory ships where it is almost impossible to detect when its occurring. It is still unclear if factory vessels will have to install CCTV cameras who are deemed to be the highest risk of all for high grading.

Read more in our July issue

Heather Jane and Green Isle
Get Works Done at Mooney Boats

Mooney Boats Ltd Killybegs has just completed major works on the 25.5 metre Heather Jane II (D674), the vessel was at the yard in preparation for its 15 year Lloyds survey and to get her 4 year Code of Practice done.

"Saint Rosa" and "L'Etaplois III" Join the Irish Fishing Fleet

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Marine Times - Rogues Gallery

In every issue of the Marine Times we feature great photos of crews from around the coast that make a living in our seas in the Irish fishing fleet:
Pictured above is the "Stelimar" gang whislt down in the sunny south east (Photo by WP) See more crew photos in our current issue in shops now!
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