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Marine

A stolen ringbuoy can mean a stolen life

CORK County Council and Irish Water Safety are asking members of the public to safeguard our Ringbuoys and ensure that they are not interfered with, or damaged, in order to help reduce the number of drowning incidents.

Funding announced for pier and harbour repairs in West Cork

by Stephen Johnson   MINISTER of Marine Simon Coveney has announced details of a €366,750 works package which includes funding for storm repairs to ten harbours and piers in West Cork. The package forms part of the Department of Agriculture, Food & Marines’ 2016 Fishery Harbour & Coastal Infrastructure Development Programme.

Harbour development in Schull not delivered says candidate

GENERAL Election Candidate and former Mayor of Cork Cllr Alan Coleman has claimed that funding to get the marina and pier extension project in Schull up and running must be a priority for the next government with the West Cork town having been let down by the present government despite three government TDs in West Cork.

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.

International conference only the start of a wider engagement with fishermen

Sinn Féin representatives in West Cork Cllr Rachel McCarthy and Cllr Paul Hayes have hailed the work of party colleague Liadh Ní Riada MEP following the ‘A Fair Recovery for Irish Fishermen’ international conference hosted by Sinn Féin in Dungarvan at the weekend. Cllr McCarthy said, “The conference saw valuable and honest engagement between fishermen, Sinn Féin and international officials and experts. It was the start of a wider engagement with

BIM support three fishing ports to establish ‘Fishing for Litter’ initiatives

BORD Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) has announced that fishermen in three ports – Castletownbere and Union Hall in West Cork and Clogherhead, Co. Louth, are taking part in the pilot BIM ‘Fishing for Litter’ initiative. Fishing for Litter is already an active and highly successful initiative in the UK and Scotland that simply encourages fishermen to take ashore the litter they catch while fishing.  

Turning the tide on marine litter

Macroom E joins forces with new EU marine project CORK organisation, Macroom E, is set to work on a new European project to tackle the increasing problem of marine pollution. The €1.5 million ‘Circular Ocean’ project will encourage the ‘upcycling’ and ‘repurposing’ of plastic litter and in particular fishing nets.  Led by the Environmental Research Institute (ERI) of the North Highland College UHI, the project aims to turn waste plastic from the

Project launched to restore mussel population in South Kerry

by Stephen Johnson A project aimed at restoring the population of critically endangered freshwater pearl mussels has been launched in Blackwater area of South Kerry. The Kerry/LIFE project will focus on sustainable land use management programs and will work closely with the local farming and forestry sectors in the Blackwater area.

Seafood Development Centre nets new graduates

Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), the Irish Sea Fisheries Board has announce the appointment of its new round of graduates to its Seafood Development Centre (SDC) in Clonakilty. This innovative graduate programme is part of an ambitious drive by BIM to promote careers in the seafood sector and is being run in partnership with UCC and Letterkenny Institute of Technology.

Inchydoney wins Beachguard Team Award

COUNTY Mayor, Cllr John Paul O’ Shea was on hand recently to award the authority’s annual beachguard team award with this year’s award going to the well deserving Inchydoney Beachguard Team. In 2014, Cork County Council introduced a new initiative under the Cork County Council Beach Service, that of an award recognising and acknowledging the Beachguard Team which has excelled during the season. The award is given for a number

FIVE rescued from speedboat off Old Head of Kinsale

THE Courtmacsherry all weather RNLI Lifeboat was called out at 6.40 pm yesterday evening (Monday) to go to the immediate aid of a 22 ft speedboat that got into difficulties and was taking in water off the Inner Barrell Rocks near the Old Head of Kinsale.

Union Hall RNLI in late night search after flare sighting

VOLUNTEER lifeboat crew with Union Hall RNLI launched last Thursday night after a member of the public spotted a flare in the West Galley Head area and raised the alarm.  Valentia Coast Guard tasked Union Hall RNLI at 10.15pm with the lifeboat launching seven minutes later.  Also involved in the search was the Rescue 117 Coast Guard Helicopter and Castlefreake Coast Guard Unit.

Bantry Bay Port Company launches Bantry Blueway

MUNSTER’S first ever Blueway has been launched in Bantry. The Bantry Blueway will take paddlers on a 2km, 6km or 9km water trail in the picturesque Bantry Harbour in West Cork and encompasses up to seven different points, starting at Abbey Slipway and taking in Whiddy Island before moving across to Reenbeg Point and back via Railway Pier.  

Release ordered of Bantry Bay salmon farm accident report

THE Department of Agriculture, Food, and Fisheries’ refusal to release the accident report on the loss of 230,000 salmon in a February 2014 storm has been annulled by the Information Commission, Peter Tyndal. Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney’s Department had refused to release the report on the grounds that it was an “internal communication” and that the public interest would “not be served by the disclosure”.