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McSweeney is back
Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), the Irish Sea Fisheries Board, is delighted to announce the shortlist for the BIM Young Fishmonger 2015 competition today, the 9th September, 2014.
The five finalists
are as follows:
BIMs Young Fishmonger competition aims to recognise and reward young fishmongers and in doing so; raise the bar across the sector in terms of product knowledge and skills. Now in its second year, the competition is gaining profile and interest from industry.
Donal Buckley, BIMs Business Development & Innovation Director explains the rationale behind the competition; We are very proud of this initiative, it is a programme that directly recognises the high level of expertise and knowledge amongst young fishmongers around the country. It also promotes the valuable service a fishmonger provides to customers in terms of preparing and buying seafood and I hope this competition helps to encourage consumers to seek out their local fishmonger and support local business. I would like to thank everyone who applied this year and we would encourage those who did not make it through to the final to consider entering again next year. Best of luck to all our finalists
The shortlist of five nominees will now compete in round two and three of the competition involving in-depth visits by the judges to assess their knowledge of seafood, their understanding of quality issues, skills, techniques and customer service. The finalists will also be tested on their practical skills with each finalist required to fillet and prepare a range of fish and shellfish under time constraints in BIMs Seafood Development Centre, Clonakilty.
As part of their prize, the five finalists will receive a master class in seafood cookery from renowned TV chef and owner of Fishy Fishy restaurant in Kinsale, Martin Shanahan. Finalists will also receive a specially designed trophy, a place on BIMs retail development workshops, a set of professional knives and a cheque for €500. The winner will receive a study trip to France and a cheque for €1,000.
The overall winner will be announced at a presentation lunch in the Radisson St. Helens Hotel, Stillorgan, Co. Dublin on the 24th November.
East eagerly awaiting word on the commencement of the promised dredging
of the harbour along with the necessary regulations associated with the
useage of the harbour during the process - hopefully it is sorted soon
as the very busy herring season is due to commence soon! Photo courtesy
Finances Under Fire and Under Question as Harbours Owed €5m in Rent
The Comptroller and
Auditor General has completed a report on the financial management of
the fishery harbour centres. The report was been presented to the Houses
of the Oireachtas on the 8th July.
Fishery harbour centres
were established under the Fishery Harbour Centre Act 1968 as centres
in which to promote and develop sea fishing activities. Six centres have
been designated under the Act. Overall responsibility for their management
and operation rests with the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine
The day-to-day operations
of the centres are funded through harbour dues and charges set by law
and rents from properties. In addition, annual capital grant funding from
the Exchequer is made available for the development and maintenance of
The Department took
over responsibility for management and operations of the centres from
the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources in October
2007. From then until April 2008, transition arrangements were applied
to facilitate the transfer of responsibility. However, those arrangements
were not effective, and resulted in significant lapses in invoicing of
Over the period 2007
to 2011, €4 million in rental income was received by centres. Over
€2 million in rent was billed retrospectively, of which €360,000
remains to be collected. In one of these cases, rent had not been billed
for eight years, resulting in a build up of arrears of €264,000.
In another case, the sale of a property agreed in 1993 had still not been
completed- a deposit of 50% of the sales price was received in 1993, but
there was no rent billed on the property since then.
Around €1.2 million
of harbour dues was billed retrospectively by the Department due to a
variety of weaknesses and errors. Delays in processes led to another €210,000
not being billed and deemed to be irrecoverable by the Department. Due
to perceived difficulties in collecting dues from foreign vessels, a non-statutory
flat rate charge was applied up to 2012. Had the applicable statutory
rate been charged, an estimated additional 10% in dues could have been
The Department has
updated and enhanced its accounting systems to address these weaknesses.
This took time to resolve and further strengthening of systems for rent
collection is ongoing.
The Department has
also experienced difficulties in generating a return from the use of car
parking facilities at some harbours. Based on the charges in place under
the legislation, Howth could have generated car parking fee income of
between €250,000 and €400,000 annually before taking account
of operating costs. However this should be tempered by the fact that the
development of a car park at Rossaveel in 2011 cost €340,000. It
was expected to generate €580,000 annually before VAT and operators'
costs, but it only realised a net income of €11,000 in its first
12 months of operation due to a number of unforeseen circumstances. A
business case for the investment to develop the parking facilities was
not available for review, setting out an assessment of the projected costs
Given the extent of
retrospective billing, the Department faced significant challenges in
collecting debts. Over €5 million was owed to the centres at June
2013. The Department has taken a number of steps to collect outstanding
amounts which have had varying degrees of success.
The form of the centres
accounts was devised many years ago. Unusually, they are prepared on both
a cash and accruals basis. Some of the accruals-based information is not
consistent with current accounting practice, and there is scope to improve
the quality and usefulness of the financial information presented.
The nature of the
activities of the centres, the significant assets at their disposal, and
the accounting transactions are unlike other activities administered by
the Department, and may require a revised governance and organisational
structure tailored to cater for these activities.
A copy of the report
can be found at www.audgen.gov.ie
Together the Chairman
and Chief Executive of the Port of Cork Company announced that the first
ever Irish Maritime Forum will be held in Cork City Hall on Friday September
26th 2014. The forum themed Developing the Dynamic Future for Irelands
Maritime Sector will focus on exploring the future of the maritime
sector within Ireland and will look closely at the challenges and opportunities
faced by many within the sector. The forum which will attract delegates
from across the entire Irish maritime sector will be hosted by the Port
A unique platform
of both national and international speakers is expected at the forum such
as Mr Joachim Coens, President of Port of Zebrugee, Mr Alan Gray, Managing
Director of the Indecon International Consulting Group, Mr Liam Lacey,
Director of IMDO, Captain Fredrik Van Wijnen, General Secretary of the
Confederation of European Shipmasters Associations (CESMA), Isabelle
Ryckbost, Secretary General of the European Sea Ports Organisation and
Christophe Mathieu, Deputy Managing Director of Brittany Ferries. With
more speakers due to be announced, each speaker will bring his/her own
expert knowledge and experience to the forum.
Speaking at the announcement,
Mr John Mullins, Chairman of the Port of Cork, said: The Irish Maritime
Forum is a unique event in that it will be the first time a forum attracting
the entire maritime industry in Ireland will come together to jointly
share and learn from each others experience. The theme Developing
the Dynamic future of Irelands Maritime Industry is aimed
at everyone within the maritime sector, from ports, ship owners and operators,
shipping lines, stevedore, plus maritime associations such as the Irish
Institute of Master Mariners and the Chamber of Irish Shipping to name
The Port of
Cork is honoured to be hosting this forum which will be held in Cork City
Hall on Friday 26th September 2014. We hope that delegates will benefit
from attending the forum and also enjoy Cork City and its many attractions.
in attending the Irish Maritime Forum 2014 are asked to register now by
visiting www.irishmaritimeforum.ie The Irish Maritime Forum will feature
a host of events including a welcome address by an Irish Government Minister,
lunch, gala dinner and a partners programme.
For further information
please see full programme at www.irishmaritimeforum.ie
or contact email@example.com Exhibitor places available plus excellent
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