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Corcaigh, Ireland


RNLI Baltimore rescue yacht aground at Heir Island

ON a sunny Easter Sunday Morning both the Valtimore all weather and inshore lifeboats were called upon to give assistance to a yacht had grounded on rocks at a treacherous stretch between Cunnamore Pier and Heir Island on a falling tide. The 35ft yacht had four people on board at the time. The yacht was well aground when the lifeboats arrived.

Call for improved safety standards for fishermen

CORK South West Senator Denis O’Donovan is urging fishermen to ensure their vessels are fully compliant with safety standards.  The call comes in the wake of figures from the Health and Safety Authority, which reveal that during inspections carried out last November, only one in five boats had completed a risk assessment.  The HSA has launched a new public awareness campaign in a bid to improve safety standards in the

Giant trawler spotted off West Cork

LOCAL fisherman have raised concerns following the news that the world’s second largest fishing factory ship, the FV Margiris has been spotted in Irish waters off the West Cork coast.   The Dutch-owned trawler which is registered in Lithuania is understood to be in the area for the start of the blue whiting season.

Call for compensation scheme for fishermen

LOCAL Labour T.D Michael McCarthy has called on the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine to provide a compensation scheme for fishermen who have suffered significant losses as a result of the recent severe weather.   “Fishermen around the coast of Ireland and in particular on the South west Coast  are facing a desperate situation as recent storms and high seas grounded boats for almost two months. Many have

Revised safety code of practice for small fishing vessels

THE Irish Maritime Administration has issued a revised Code of Practice for the Design, Construction, Equipment and Operation of Small Fishing Vessels (less than 15 metres length).   The Code, which was last revised in 2005, has been updated to ensure that the experiences gained from its implementation as well as relevant recommendations by the Marine Casualty Investigation Board (MCIB) have been incorporated. The revised Code will come into operation

Diversification key to sustainability of coastal communities

An Oireachtas sub-Committee has called for government policy to focus on the survival of rural coastal and island communities by promoting a diverse range of activities. The sub-Committee on Fisheries has outlined how aquaculture, inshore fishing, sea angling, marine tourism and seaweed activities can contribute to vibrant coastal and island areas.