by Stephen Johnson Salmon Watch Ireland this weekend called for a “fundamental rethinking” of the Government’s salmon farming policy, warning that large-scale marine operations are having “catastrophic” effects on the sector.
LIADH Ní Riada, MEP for Ireland South raised her concerns regarding the proposed ban on driftnet fishing during a fisheries committee meeting in Brussels. The proposal from the European Commission would mean that a full prohibition to take on board or use any kind of driftnets would be introduced as of 1 January 2015 in all EU waters and by all EU vessels.
THE RNLI’s 45th lifeboat station in Ireland has officially been put on service at Union Hall for a trial period of two years. The station boat is now a declared search and rescue asset based at Keelbeg Pier in Union Hall. The RNLI will operate a B class Atlantic 75 lifeboat from temporary station facilities and launching from a slipway adjacent to the pier. The station’s lifeboat Maritime Nation
THE Courtmacsherry RNLI All Weather Lifeboat was called out at 11.25 this morning to go to the aid of a 35 ft Fishing Vessel that had encountered difficulties 31 miles south east of Courtmacsherry and just off the Kinsale Head Gas Field.
WEST Cork based environmental group Friends of the Irish Environment have threatened High Court action in their attempts to obtain the report on the escape of 230,000 salmon in Bantry Bay last February. The storm on February 1, 2014, saw a cage break loose from its mooring and upend itself into another cage at Gerahies in Bantry Bay. The Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney refused to release the report
The Courtmacsherry RNLI All Weather Lifeboat was called out at 12.36 this afternoon to go to the aid of a 46 ft Passenger Pleasure boat which encountered difficulties off Kinsale Harbour by Charles Fort. The Lifeboat with a crew of seven were underway immediately and together with the Kinsale RNLI Inshore Lifeboat reached the scene quickly.
EIGHT young adults From Cork are preparing to embark on a sail training trip of a lifetime on board the ‘Spirit of Oysterhaven’, a 70foot local schooner and currently the only sail training vessel in Ireland. The eight lucky participants will depart from Bantry Bay for a five day sailing trip around West Cork, where they will become working crew on this great adventure.
A YOUNG girl has been rushed to hospital after suffering a “severe reaction” to a jellyfish sting at Barleycove beach on the Mizen Peninsula. Members of the Goleen Coast Guard were first on the scene to assist the girl who was taken to hospital by ambulance.
Pictured at the Union Hall and Glandore Charity swim and launch of the new RNLI boat in aid of the RNLI were Anthony Welsh, Johnny McKenna & Richard Browne. Pic: Emma Jervis
THE Shannon coastguard helicopter has airlifted two men to Cork University Hospital (CUH) following a boat capsize off the north shore of the Mizen Peninsula.