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West Cork RNLI lifeboats launched more than 100 times in 2015

FIGURES just released by the RNLI show that West Cork’s six RNLI lifeboats were launched 104 times in 2015 assisting and rescuing 125 people in the process. In what was a very busy year the Baltimore all-weather lifeboat saw the most launches with a total of 25 while the new Union Hall inshore lifeboat which is currently under assessment by the RNLI proved to be a valuable asset launching 17

€240m development programme launched for seafood sector

THE Minister for Agriculture Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney has launched eight schemes to commence implementation of Ireland’s new €240 million EMFF Seafood Development Programme for the period up to 2020 and beyond, co-funded by the Exchequer and European Maritime and Fisheries Fund. This announcement follows approval of the Programme in December by Government and the European Commission.

Bantry Bay Port traffic falls by 200,000 tonnes in 2015

TOTAL traffic through the Bantry Bay Port Company in 2015 decreased by 200,000 tonnes in 2015 compared to the previous year according to an end of year statement by the port’s parent company the Port of Cork. Traffic from the Bantry Bay Oil Storage Terminal is operated by Zenith Energy, which accounts for 100% of the commercial traffic through Bantry Bay Port.

It’s time for Cork’s fishing communities to get ‘a new deal’

FIANNA Fáil’s general election candidate in Cork South-West has outlined a number of measures the party wants to pursue to help build-up the fishing industry. Councillor Margaret Murphy O’Mahony said, “For years it seems our fishermen have been swimming against the tide.  We have an opportunity to change that in this election.  We can send a clear message to next Dáil by electing a loud, proud voice for coastal communities

West Cork fishermen welcome anti-litter initiative

FACILITATED by Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), local industry groups in Castletownbere and Union Hall recently met with Tom Piper of KIMO UK to hear what the UK ‘Fishing for Litter’ programme has achieved and what lessons can be learnt to ensure the programme gains traction in Ireland.

Minister Coveney outlines details of planned new scheme for non EEA workers in Irish fishing fleet

MINISTER for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Simon Coveney welcomed agreement reached at today’s Task Force meeting on a new system for migrant workers in the fishing industry. The Minister, who also chaired the Task Force, provided details of the new arrangements which have been agreed. The Government Task Force was set up to address the situation of non EEA workers in the Irish Fishing Fleet.