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The annual Mass in remembrance of all those lost at sea, and for their families will be celebrated in Helvick Lifeboat Station on Helvick Pier in Co.Waterford on Friday night of next week, May 13, by RNLI Station Chaplain Fr. Conor Kelly at 7.30pm.

A memorial in memory of those Lifeboat men who have lost their lives in the service of the RNLI saving others at sea on this coastline will be unveiled on Helvick Pier before the Mass begins. Nicholas Hannigan of the Dungarvan and Helvick RNLI Fundraising Branch said: “In 1852 the following brave local men lost their lives: Thomas Crawford, Capt Maurice Duggan, Laurence Lenihan, John Maher, Thomas McNamara, Maurice Mulcahy, Michael Raher and John Whelan. In 1895 Michael Hogan gallantly lost his. It is fitting that heroes from all around the Dungarvan Bay area should be remembered at home too and we hope their descendants can join us for the unveiling! Everybody is welcome to attend.”

Helvick Lifebaot RNLB Robert Armstrong

Marine Industry Awards - Closing Date for Entries Extended

The Marine Industry Awards 2016 is proving very popular, however the awards team have got a lot of feedback asking for more time to complete your submissions. As such they are extending the deadline to 17:00, Friday 6th May. Don't let this opportunity pass - to enter call Tommy on 01 524 2383 or visit: http://www.marineawards.ie/enter-online.php

Entering the awards is free and brings with it some fantastic PR opportunities.

All finalists will be featured in the Sunday Business Post, while winners will have their photos published in a special post-awards report. There is also coverage on social media and local press.

Benefits of entering include:

· Additional coverage will include social media, local publications, and video footage.

· All finalists receive a special logo to use on promotional material.

· By winning you position yourself as a leader of the industry in Ireland.

· The Marine Industry Awards judges make up a prestigious network of key influencers in the industry. If they say your work is worth an award, that's a highly respected endorsement to you and your company.

· The awards night offers the opportunity with professionals from across the industry.

· Give your employees the recognition they deserve, and attract top recruits.

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 www.marineawards.ie – 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 www.bim.ie or https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/the-bim-national-seafood-conference-2016-global-insights-irish-opportunity-registration-22454404729


Jutting bravely out into the Wild Atlantic Ocean, positioned at the northern tip of spectacularly breath-taking Fanad Head Peninsula,surrounded by dazzling beauty on each side by the picturesque Mulroy Bay and idyllic Lough Swilly, standing twenty-two metres tall, strong and steadfast against the sometimes relentless elements, it's no wonder that Fanad Head Lighthouse tends to leaves visitors amazed as it situated in one of the most extreme yet awe-inspiring coastal locations on earth.

Fanad Head has been voted one of the most beautiful Lighthouses in the world, and on Friday over 100 guests attended the officially opening of the EU INTERREG IVA supported Lighthouse, which now offers guided tours and unique self-catering accommodation with simply breath-taking views overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

These spectacular offerings will be managed by; Forbairt Fhánada Teoranta, a local community group. The launch on Friday the 29th of April at 12:00 noon was a bi-lingual event, as Fanad is the only lighthouse in the Gaeltacht open to the public. Renowned author & educator Finbarr Bradley officially opened the Lighthouse.

From a technical standpoint, the light in Fanad Head Lighthouse willcontinue to be operated and maintained by Irish Lights. A Light was first established here nearly 200 years ago (in 1817) to protect seafarers, and could be seen for over 14 miles on a clear day. It remains an important aid to navigation for mariners today, alongside sixty-six other lighthouses operated and maintained by Irish Lights.

This exciting project facilitated by Irish Lights, and operated by Forbairt Fhánada Teoranta, will contribute to the ongoing economic development of the local region.

Speaking at the official opening, Yvonne Shields - Irish Lights Chief Executive commented;
Irish Lights has a long and rich history and connection to the coast and its communities. We have and continue to provide an important navigation service around the coast of Ireland and Fanad Lighthouse is an important navigation aid on the North West coast. In 2012 when we first contemplated the idea of refurbishing Fanad Lighthouse and opening it for tourism, we approached the local community for their input.

From the very start the community embraced the idea and began to organise themselves to take on the community enterprise project that you see here today. A huge partnership of public and private sector partners came together and worked as a team to invest in and to develop this fabulous lighthouse visitor experience which gives people the opportunity to see and stay in a working lighthouse and to contribute to the preservation of our rich maritime heritage on the wild Atlantic way.

On behalf of ForbairtFhánadaTeoranta, Cathaoirleach John Friel said, 'ForbairtFhánadaTeoranta is proud to be involved with this wonderful opportunity for Fanad and North Donegal. It is our hope that the lighthouse project will be a catalyst for development in the cultural and economic life of the area and we are very grateful to Irish Lightsfor their on-going support and help, as well as Donegal County Council, Donegal Tourism, ÚdarásnaGaeltachta, and Fáilte Ireland."

Welcoming the newly opened lighthouse, Gina McIntyre CEO of the SEUPB, said; "This is an innovative cross-border project which will attract a new generation of domestic and overseas tourists into the region. Tourism was a key feature of INTERREG IVA as the Programme provided support to a wide-range of projects that have drawn on the natural environment to create world-class tourist offerings. I am delighted to see that, through the re-development of Fanad Head Lighthouse, EU funding has been able to conserve part of our precious maritime history and encourage visitors to share in this experience."

Fanad Head Lighthouse is also part of the Great Lighthouses of Ireland initiative and is a Signature Discovery Point along the Wild Atlantic Way.The official opening alsomarks the start of a weekend of festive events being held at different Lighthouses all around the coast, in the inaugural Lighthouse Festival; Great Lighthouses of Ireland Shine a Light on Summer, over the May bank holiday weekend which is being supported by Failte Ireland.

The Great Lighthouses of Ireland project has been funded by the European Union's INTERREG IVA cross border programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes body (SEPUB)

Shane Wilde’s new boat MFV L’Etaplois steaming into Howth after seven weeks of having work done in Kilkeel. Photo courtesy Tracey Floyd

Inside our May issue this month:

Anger Continues Over Penalty Points
Opposition Politicians Pledge Action Against Government

Who is Deciding Policy in the Department of the Marine? Tom MacSweeney Reports

“One of the defining aspects of existing Government policy towards the fishing industry has been the attitude of officials within the Department of the Marine who have appeared determined to maintain a hostile attitude towards fishermen.”

That comment from an experienced fishing vessel owner sums up the attitude within the industry to the Department which was further exemplified in the manner in which the Minister for the Marine set aside the High Court dismissal of the Penalty Points system and reintroduced one practically the same, without consultation with industry stakeholders and in the immediate aftermath of the General Election results.

Doing Politics in a ‘New Way’ - The New War Cry

“What I do not and will not support is the deliberate national abuse of EU fisheries regulations, the ignoring of the Irish High Court and the move away from legal norms”, says the Chief Executive of the Irish Fish Producers’ Organisation, Francis O’Donnell, in his monthly column.

Work Permits for the Irish Fishing Industry – Closing Date 15th May!

Before the recent Scheme for Employment of Non-EEA crew members in parts of the Irish commercial fishing fleet was launched, it was not possible to obtain a work permit for someone to work on board an Irish fishing vessel as fishing was on the ‘restricted professions’ list. Eibhlin O’Sullivan at EOS Solicitors told Marine Times, “In November of 2015 the government established a taskforce to examine the issue of illegal workers in the Irish fishing industry and as a result, a scheme to allow work permits under very specific conditions is in the process of being put in place and it is hoped that this will be completed shortly.

Is There Any Point in Having a Minister for Fisheries?

I was roused to write this article on the announcement by Minister Paschal O’Donoghue that he was unable to bring lifesaving legislation before the Dail whereby penalty points could be awarded for using a mobile phone while driving mechanically propelled vehicles, many of which are considerably larger than the Motor Fishing Vessels which are subject to disputed statutory instruments enacted by Minister Simon Coveney. Minister Coveney, had no such reservations in enacting not one, but two, controversial pieces of legislation with a simple stroke of his pen. His action exposed, once and for all, the highhanded and emboldened attitude of a department whose leadership is devoid of any shred of common sense, fairness or indeed grasp of the commercial realities of an industry that continues to survive in the face of a numbing indifference by an intransigent civil service.

Read Diarmuid Barry's evocative Op-Ed in our May Issue

First Choice, Not Bargain Basement

"There is no doubt that the esteem in which the marine is held by the political classes is in no way better illustrated by its relegation to the role of wandering itinerant between departments," says Richie Flynn, Executive of IFA Aquaculture, in his monthly column as he reflects on why maritime matters are not amongst the first choice of aspiring Government Ministers.

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

Kinsale RNLI rescue three fishermen from sinking "Sean Anthony" in storm force conditions

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The biggest free maritime event in Ireland this year, a national scheme to give everyone a chance to take up sailing as a hobby, an appeal to anglers to wear lifejackets and the story of the real boy who stood on the burning deck, in that famous line from literature are all stories on this edition of the maritime programme, THIS ISLAND NATION, presented by Tom MacSweeney.

If you would like to contact the programme Email me to: thisislandnation@gmail.com

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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)
E-mail: patnolan1@hotmail.com
The book is also stocked by local bookshops.

All of these stories plus so much more in our April issue in shops now or available to download to all digital devices

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Kilmore Quay Welcomes Paul Ennis’s New MFV Voyager

Paul Ennis took delivery of his new G12 catamaran, arriving in his home port of Kilmore Quay on the 16th April 2016. This modern 12 metre ‘Catamaran style’ crabber was fitted out at G Smyth Boats.

New Generation of O’Flaherty Brothers Purchase MFV “St Jean Baptiste”

The next generation of O’Flaherty boys are following in the footsteps of their Dad and Uncles and have bought their first fishing vessel the 24m MFV St Jean Baptiste WD25 which they purchased in Boulogne-sur-Mer, France.

Read more in our April issue

Sligo Bay RNLI’s Inshore Atlantic 85 Lifeboat Named Sheila & Dennis Tongue

At a special ceremony held on Saturday 16th April, Sligo Bay RNLI officially named its new Atlantic 85 lifeboat, Sheila & Dennis Tongue, at its station in Rosses Point. Peter Killen, a member of the Irish Council of the RNLI, accepted the lifeboat on behalf of the RNLI before handing her over into the care of Sligo Bay Lifeboat Station. He paid tribute to the donors Sheila & Dennis Tongue who had left a generous legacy to the RNLI in recognition of the vital life-saving work of the charity and as a thank-you for the happy days they spent living on the coast at Exmouth.

Non-Commercial Potting Legislation Deemed Ineffective

Inshore fishermen have said that the legislation introduced to curtail non-commercial/recreational fishing which came into effect on the first of February is as they had expected it would be, nothing short of farcical and is nowhere near sufficient to deal with the issue of illegal fishing that is running parallel with recreational fishing. In fact several fishermen believe that the introduced legislation has made the situation worse as it seems that more hobby fishermen than ever are now going to sea in vessels of all shapes and sizes, because they have been given a green light that its okay to do so.

Read more in our April issue

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 Richard Brannigan with the "Nausicaa" crew whislt down in Dunmore East (Photo by WP)
If you have a picture that you would like to feature in the paper please email us at marinetimes@eircom.net