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    The controversy over the passing of the Sea Fisheries Bill has raised again the level of consultation with the fishing industry by government.

    With calls being made upon President Higgins to refer the Bill to the Supreme Court and concerns expressed by fishing organisations, some Senators and TDs, about whether the Bill could be opening a loophole to be exploited by other EU nations to get inside Ireland’s 6-mile limit and despite the compromise reached between the industry and Marine Minister Michael Creed and his Department officials which facilitated the passing of the Bill, it seems that the level of consultation and communication with the industry is still an issue.

    This has been highlighted in the current edition of the MARINE TIMES and prompts me to point to the Cawley Report, which was considered a definitive examination of the industry back on 2007. That included the strong observation that: “A poor working relationship exists between the industry and its policymakers.”

    Therefore, the question has to be asked today – 12 years later --- Has anything changed?

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    You can listen to more about what is happening on the marine scene on the new edition of my maritime programme, THIS ISLAND NATION: The massive migration across the sea that is underway to the shores of Ireland; the story of a special voyage around the coast of Ireland; encouragement to walk or run across offshore islands such as Inisheer in the Aran Islands where the secondary school students are organising a business festival and the finding of one of the oldest ships in the world…. All these stories are in the current edition of the maritime programme…which is also Podcast on iTunes, Soundcloud and Spotify.

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  • Fishing Industry in the Republic Sets Aside Concerns “In Spirit Of Co-Operation” With Northern Fishermen

    Marine Minister Michael Creed, with his Departmental advisors, met fishing industry leaders in the Department’s offices at Clonakilty in an attempt to unblock the progress of the controversial Sea Fisheries Bill. For two hours objections to the Bill, which had been blocked by political and industry objections, were discussed. The meeting was in private. Industry organisations highlighted concerns about it and the impact which, they claimed, would follow from the proposals by the Minister and his Department. Eventually, compromise was reached when the Minister conceded that amendments would be made and assured the industry that he would put on the record of the Dáil and Seanad issues they had raised.

  • Collective Responsibility in Safeguarding Our Indigenous Fisheries

    Earlier this year a group of like-minded individuals came together to form the Heritage Net Fisheries Steering Group (HNFSG) which aims to ‘protect, preserve and promote the ‘living heritage’ of traditional eel, salmon and sea trout net fisheries’ in Ireland’s rivers and estuaries, through sustainable and innovative means, in conjunction with key stakeholders.

  • After Two Years of Consultation the Real Work is Starting

    By now every registered owner of an inshore fishing vessel in Ireland should have received a copy of the ‘Irish Inshore Fisheries Sector Strategy 2019-2023’. The launch of the Strategy has rightly been hailed as another major milestone in the development of what has traditionally been the most neglected part of Ireland’s fishing industry.

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Bord Iascaigh Mhara to Increase Visibilty of Women in Ireland’s Seafood Industry

Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), Ireland’s Seafood Development Agency, today, 6th March 2018, launched a promotional campaign to profile the important role women play in Ireland’s Seafood Sector. The Irish Seafood Sector contributed €1.15 billion to Ireland’s GDP in 2017. However women’s participation in the industry remains low. Just over one in ten (11.7%) employees in fishing, forestry and agriculture sectors in Ireland is female. This is significantly lower than the EU average of 36.9%. ‘I'm Trudy McIntyre, from Dunmore East, Co Waterford. I'm the daughter of a fishing family and now the wife of a fisherman, Shane McIntyre with two young daughters. I came into fishing through my father, spending time with him when he was out working on the boat.'


The Future of the Legendary Galway Hookers

The legendary Galway Hookers are the subject of our monthly interview in which the Chairman of Cumann HúcéirÍ na Gaillimhe, the Galway Hookers Association, Dr. Michael Brogan, talks to Marine Times Deputy Editor, Tom MacSweeney, about the future of these iconic West of Ireland boats and says they are a maritime art, the preservation of which deserves official support. The sight of a Galway Hooker under full sail is a wonderful spectacle, which can lift the heart of anyone with a maritime feeling. To helm one is even more stirring – and demanding. The feeling of power which comes through the tiller is astonishing, as I found on the helm of the MacDuach, the biggest of the Hookers.

Great Lighthouses of Ireland RTE Documentary »

Great Lighthouses of Ireland RTE Documentary

Irish Lights has announced its involvement in a four-part documentary series with RTE 1 that tells the story of Ireland’s lighthouses and the associated aids to navigation network around the island of Ireland and the vital role it plays in ensuring safety at sea for all. The documentary, Great Lighthouses of Ireland, illustrates Irish Lights’ leading role in safe navigation at sea from the 1800s to the present day, and the advances that have taken place in relation to Aids to Navigation from an engineering and technology perspective during this period.

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Segmentation of Fleet Capacity

Art Kavanagh: I remember some years back being at a presentation from a County Manager – as they were called at the time which he entitled “Running the County as a Business”. Since then the title of County Manager has been replaced with the title of “Chief Executive” which is probably more appropriate given the size of the Business actually being managed with Huge Budgets, large Numbers of Employees and responsibilities for many aspects of life within the County.

Rogues Gallery in the Marine Times Newspaper

    Joefy checking images and of his 'younger days' in the September issue of the Marine Times in Power's Centra in Dunmore East - Photo courtesy William Power

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