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Seals hold up dangerous pier

RESIDENTS of Cape Clear Island say they are outraged that a planning application for remedial works to a dangerous pier are being held up due to concerns that pile driving for the project may have an adverse affect on seal colonies in the vicinity. Séamus Ó Drisceoil from the Cape Clear ferry said, “The Carthys and Calf Island are over two miles from North Harbour; even more ridiculous is the

€440,000 investment in Cork seafood processing

THERE was good news for the seafood sector this week with news that €440,000 in grants from the Seafood Processing Business Investment Scheme have been allocated to Cork based companies. The grants approved include €51,132.00 for Ballycotton Seafoods; €118,500 for Good Fish Processing (Carrigaline) Ltd.; €198,032.10 for Keohane Seafood Ltd. (Bantry) and €71,896.80 for Shellfish De La Mer (Castletownbere).

Minister Coveney inspects storm gates installation on Cape Clear

MINISTER for the Marine Simon Coveney visited Cape Clear Island recently to see the progress of the new storm gates being installed to protect the island’s North Harbour from storm damage.   The €4.3 million project will see the automatic gates installed that will be able to close at the touch of a button and protect the harbour’s interior from storm surges and waves. It is expected that the gates

Minister guest of honour at “whiskey plank” ceremony

SAILORS, shipwrights, well wishers and the plain curious gathered in the Great Corn Store at Hegarty’s Boatyard, at Old Court between Skibbereen and Baltimore, recently to witness a major milestone in Irish shipbuilding.   They were there to witness Minister for the Marine, Simon Coveney hammer home the final plank in the hull of the AK Ilen, described as the last traditional Irish-built wooden boat and Ireland’s largest original wooden

Sinn Féin delegation and Irish fishermen meet EU policy makers in Brussels

SINN Féin MEP for Ireland South Liadh Ní Riada recently welcomed a delegation of Irish Fishermen to Brussels to meet with key policy makers on the difficulties that they face in making a sustainable living and on other issues impacting the industry. The delegation included fishermen from all around the Irish Coast including from Dunmore East, the Waterford Estuary, Kilmore Quay, Youghal, Union Hall, Castletownbere, Fenit and Arklow.

West Cork / South Kerry shellfish industry facing crisis

IRELAND South MEP Deirdre Clune has submitted a parliamentary question to the European Commission on the possibility of European aid for shellfish famers in West Cork and Kerry. High temperatures last summer resulted in a late and extensive autumn bloom of the most common naturally occurring marine biotoxin, dynophysis – commonly known as Red Tide.

Damning marine report says Astrid sinking should not have happened

A REPORT by the Marine Casualty Investigation Board (MCIB) into the sinking of the tall ship STV Astrid off Oysterhaven on July 24th 2013 has listed a catalogue of errors by the ship’s owners and operators that contributed to the vessel sinking.   The Astrid was taking part in a flotilla from Oysterhaven to Kinsale as part of “The Gathering” tourism event that year but lost engine power soon after

Baltimore Lifeboat assists medical evacuation in Roaring Water Bay

THE inshore lifeboat was called to give assistance when a medical emergency occurred on board a 75ft fishing vessel in Roaring Water Bay on 11th December. The two crew on board had been pumping the vessel bilges with a petrol pump when one of them became overcome with fumes and collapsed. The boat which services mussel rafts in the bay was at her moorings at the time.  The casualty was

Courtmac lifeboat rescues stricken fishing vessel

THE Courtmacsherry lifeboat was called out on Sunday morning to go to the aid of a 90ft fishing vessel that had got into difficulties while fishing 35 miles off the coast of Seven Heads in West Cork and sought assistance. The lifeboat with a crew of seven volunteers were underway within minutes and headed to the scene of the casualty which was due south of the Old Head of Kinsale,