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Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) Announce ‘Landmark’ National Seafood Conference

Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), the Seafood Development Agency, have announced an exceptional line up of speakers for the ‘BIM National Seafood Conference – Global Insights, Irish Opportunity’ event at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Galway on the 30th June.

This full day conference and networking event will launch the annual Ocean Wealth and SeaFest events that take place in Galway from the 1st – 3rd July and brings together leading experts and global representatives from the national and international seafood and agri-business circuit, government and academia. It offers delegates the opportunity to hear first-hand expert analysis, on the thinking and the policies currently at the forefront of seafood development worldwide.

Moderated by experienced broadcaster and author, Olivia O’Leary; delegates can expect to take away valuable business insights from speakers including Mary Shelman, former Director of the Agribusiness Programme in Harvard Business School, Malcolm Beveridge, Head of Aquaculture, FAO Rome, Jean Jacques VandeHeede, AC Nielsen Europe and Aidan O’Driscoll, Secretary General of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.

Tara McCarthy, Chief Executive of BIM said; ‘As the global demand for healthy protein continues to increase; seafood is in a unique position. It delivers on every macro driver from health, environment, and quality to convenience. This conference is about creating the long term vision for our seafood industry. It is an opportunity for all our stakeholders from fishermen to processors to play an integral role in shaping the future direction of the industry and that of their own company’

The Conference programme covers presentations and discussions on market intelligence, consumer thinking, the challenges facing the global seafood supply and insight into potential synergies within the Irish seafood sector, among other timely topics.
The afternoon programme offers a range of structured breakout sessions that will facilitate dialogue on transforming knowledge into action and finding workable solutions to today’s pressing challenges. The sessions will focus on the four key priorities for the industry: Sustainability, Competitiveness, Innovation and Skills. Each sector of the industry from fishermen to processors to fish farmers will find a session that appeals and is relevant to their business from ‘Fishing profitably with zero discards’, ‘Repositioning your company and products to maximise value’, ‘Demonstrate sustainability or be locked-out’ and ‘Working in seafood - a career for life’

After a busy and productive event, networking will continue in the evening at the prestigious Maritime Industry Awards in the hotel. The awards aim to recognise excellence across the Maritime Industry and BIM are proud to support two new categories this year – the ‘Seafood Sustainability Award’ and ‘Seafood Business Innovation Award’. To enter and/or attend the Maritime Industry Awards, please visit – the deadline for entries is the 6th May.

Registration for the BIM National Seafood Conference is free but early booking is advised as spaces are limited. To book your place, please visit or

See it All at SeaFest

A wave of excitement is about to break over Galway as the city prepares to host SeaFest, Ireland’s major national maritime festival, docking in the city over the action-packed weekend of Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd July 2016. Following a successful inaugural event in Cork last year, SeaFest is now firmly established as an annual celebration of all things nautical, honouring Ireland’s multi-faceted relationship with the sea.

SeaFest Ahoy! Marking SeaFest 2016 coming to Galway, are Ruairí (6) and Lilian (8) Quinlan Owens from Kinvara, and Ruairí Sarma (7) from Ballinderreen, getting up close and personal with curious crustaceans. Photo by Andrew Downes

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 June issue this month:

Penalty Points Problems Remain A ‘Ticking Timebomb’
What Will New Minister Do?

‘Penalty Points’ remain an unresolved issue as the new Minister for the Marine, Mid Cork T.D., Michael Creed, settles into his brief in the minority Government. Sources within the Department of the Marine have confirmed that senior civil servants have briefed Mr. Creed that he should continue to implement the existing and disputed Statutory Instrument system. My sources also tell me that there is concern that the Department is being perceived as having an anti-fishing industry attitude with a number of senior Department civil servants, determined not to admit they could be wrong about Penalty Points. Political advisors fear that this could create an impression that the minority Government is anti-coastal at a sensitive time about rural issues.

Avoidance and Minimisation to Escape Economic Collapse of European Fishing Industry

Ireland’s four fish producer organisations have written to the Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine (DAFM) to advise them that they will not support the further phasing in of species into the Landing Obligation for 2017. In their letter to DAFM, the Producer Organisations said that avoidance and minimisation through Technical Conservation Measures (TCMs), alternative fisheries management practices and incentives is the way forward.

Emotion, Anger and Frustration

I don’t know John O’Brien of Inishbofin Island off Donegal. I have never met him. I have never spoken to him. I have only seen him and heard him on television. I admire what I have seen and heard. A man of principle and principles are not easy to hold onto when dealing with the craven deference of successive Irish Governments to the EU. He has been profiled by French film-maker Loie Jourdain in “Turning Tide in the Life of Man,” which was made for TG4. Watching it I felt a mix of emotions, anger, frustration, sorrow - read Tom MacSweeney's 'Forum' in our June issue.

Let’s Move Out of the Trenches

Over the last year in particular many of us, including myself, have become embroiled in either defending or arguing against decisions that have been made and which have serious impacts on our industry and respective businesses. Throughout this and in the heat of such difficulties, lenses become myopic, tempers frayed and relationships damaged. If we were all to get along all of the time none of us would be doing our jobs properly - says the Chief Executive of the Irish Fish Producers’ Organisation, Francis O’Donnell, in his monthly column.

Government Can No Longer Hide Behind EU Law on Boating Regulations

The Irish Government can no longer blame the EU for its contradictory policies on boating regulations according to MEP Liadh Ní Riada who has asked the Commission whether any EU laws or regulations were to blame for the refusal by Irish authorities to license small inshore fishing vessels for use as passenger boats during sea-angling events.

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

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On this edition of THIS ISLAND NATION, the story of a sailor on a small boat, a 13-foot dinghy, sailing around Ireland, raising funds to help blind children, who says he has discovered on his voyage the “tremendous community spiritamongst coastal communities,” the importance of conversation and learned to appreciate the vastness of Ireland’s coastal waters. Gary Sargent from Clontarf Yacht and Boat Club in Dublin started his voyage from Schull in West Cork and hopes to get back there towards the end of June. The programme also hears from the RNLI thatthree-quarters of all those who died in drowning accidents on the coast during the past five years were male adults, about the 400 Coastcare Volunteer Groups and ‘Tales of the Brass Monkey’ aboard warships.

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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)
The book is also stocked by local bookshops.

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Skerries RNLI is Looking for New Volunteer Crew Members

The station currently has 18 lifeboat and three shore crew to cover its service on the north east coast of Dublin but is now calling on new volunteers to come forward and find out how they can get involved in helping the charity continue to save lives at sea. Anyone who feels they have the time and commitment to volunteer for the charity which is on call 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, is asked to contact the station at or Niall on 087 241 8967.

Non-EEA Workers in the Irish Fishing Fleet

One of the many issues discussed at a recent idustry meeting hosted by SFPA in Dublin was the necessity under the terms of the contract to secure health insurance for the non EEA workers. We were delighted on the day to receive confirmation from the WRC that this has now been dropped and is now no longer a requirement. Unfortunately the INIS website has yet to be updated with this information and no formal announcement of the withdrawal has yet been made. We have been however assured that it is a fact.

Kilmore Quay Fisherman Thomas Roche Takes Delivery of a New Catamaran the MFV Deomah

Thomas Roche took delivery of his new catamaran fitted out at the Kilkeel boatyard by G Smyth Ltd in mid May 2016. The name of Thomas’s new vessel is the MFV Deomah. The new boats name is a combination of the Roche family’s names which includes Thomas, his wife Denise and their daughter Hannah.

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RNLI Marathon Walker Strides in Mayo Within Sight of His €25K Fundraising Target

A young man recently walked into Mayo without any fanfare but with the sole aim to continue his marathon walk to raise funds for the RNLI; a charity close to his heart. The 23-year-old Kent native is well on his way to smashing a £20,000 fundraising target which will see vital funds raised for the lifeboats. When he set out 649 days ago Alex Ellis-Roswell planned to walk along the British coastline only but he changed his mind and boarded a ferry to Belfast last year to add the beautiful Irish coastline on to his journey.

BIM Drive Industry Appetite for Innovation and Skills Through Seafood Innovation Academy

Eight of Ireland’s leading seafood companies put their innovative ideas to the test in the first of three mentoring sessions in the Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) Seafood Innovation Academy programme. The aim of the Academy is to strengthen the skill sets and capability in the seafood processing sector regarding new product development, technology transfer and business model innovation to directly assist the companies to bring their seafood product ideas from concept to market launch.

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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 "Lily Tom" gang whislt down in the sunnu south east (Photo by WP)
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