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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.