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Lifeboat in callout to yacht in difficulties 20 miles off Old Head of Kinsale

THE Courtmacsherry RNLI Lifeboat has successfully completed its rescue of the Stricken 66 ft Belgium Yacht “Tom” that sought help at 3.20pm on Monday afternoon, 23-miles south east of Courtmacsherry Bay.   The Lifeboat took the casualty in tow at 4.20pm and later berthed the large Schooner at the Courtmacsherry Pier. The yacht was on passage from Newlin in Cornwall to Ireland when it’s engines failed.

Your chance to see the light as Galley Head Lighthouse opens to the public

THE finale of the upcoming Ardfield Festival which runs from August 3rd will see one of West Cork’s iconic landmarks, the Galley Head Lighthouse, open to the public as part of a special gala day on Sunday, August 10th. The “Gala Day at the Galley” will feature music, stalls, family fun and the unique opportunity to climb the lighthouse free of charge.

Monthly fishing quota should be replaced by “days at sea” system

THE current fishing quota system needs a radical overhaul to attract more young people into the industry and make fishing communities along the West Cork coast viable into the future, that’s according to the Beara branch if Young Fine Gael.   Chairman of the group Wayne O Sullivan said that the current system which uses a monthly fishing quota simply does not work.

Labelfish: Traceability, genetic testing and labelling of seafood

A European-funded project, Labelfish – the “Atlantic Network on Genetic Control of Fish and Seafood Labelling and Traceability,” has been testing shop- and restaurant-bought fish around Ireland and Europe’s Atlantic coast using DNA technology to identify whether the species printed on the label or menu is always what is being sold. As project partners, researchers at Indigo Rock Marine Research Station in Bantry, Co. Cork are working to help set

Bord Iascaigh Mhara Seafood Development Centre invests in new forming and breading technology to add value to Irish seafood

BORD Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), the development agency for the Irish Seafood Sector, is leading the way in assisting Irish Seafood companies to develop innovative added value seafood products. BIM’s custom built Seafood Development Centre (SDC) based in Clonakilty has recently invested in reformed and breading technologies as the abundance of pelagic, whitefish, and other fish and shellfish species on our doorstep, presents a considerable opportunity to produce convenient, market-ready concepts

Fish farm campaigners claim Minister refusing to release Bantry fish escape report

ANTI fish farm campaigners have accused Minster Simon Coveney of refusing to release the Department’s Report on the loss of 230,000 salmon in Bantry Bay last February.   The decision they say, claims that the work is not completed and that the public interest would not be served by the disclosure of the Department of Marine’s Engineering Division report.

€100,000 funding confirmed for underwater survey of Castletownbere Harbour

THE Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine has confirmed funding of €100,000 towards the carrying out of an underwater survey on the sea bed, to ascertain the possibility for the construction of an additional deep water quay at Castletownbere.   The underwater survey on the southern shore of Dinish Island will ascertain if the construction of an additional deep water quay for Castletownbere is possible.

Funding announced for West Cork piers and harbours

MORE than €200,000 from a national funding allocation of €2.99 million has been allocated for West Cork piers and harbours under the 2014 Fishery Harbour and Coastal Infrastructure Capital Programme A total of €241,750 total funding is to be allocated to West Cork for its piers and harbours. The money will be used to boost marine and leisure tourism and/or for the ongoing maintenance and development of piers and harbours.