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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”.

Major Castletownbere pier investment announced

THE Minister for the Marine, Simon Coveney has announced that he was moving ahead with detailed design of a major pier extension and an upgrade of the shipyard facilities on Dinish Island, Castletownbere. The Minister said, “In April 2012 I officially opened the first phase of the pier development on Dinish. This development has been very successful in facilitating the growth of the Castletownbere based fishing fleet and underpinning the

RNLI “Hope in the Great War” exhibition visits Cork

Camden Fort Meagher, Crosshaven is proud to have been chosen as the only location in Ireland to host the RNLI “Hope in the Great War” exhibition in 2015! The exhibit is an ideal way for families and young children to learn about the astounding work of RNLI volunteers during the First World War and is open to the public each Saturday & Sunday throughout the month of July.