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Mackerel freshly caught and piled up for sale
Mercury levels of fish and shellfish landed by fishing boats at Irish ports are low and well within EU guidelines for human consumption, as underscored by a recent briefing from UCD’s Institute of Food and Health. However, as Derek Evans…
Patrick Murphy (ISWFPO) and Aoife O'Mahony Fair Seas
A coalition of Ireland’s leading environmental non-governmental organisations and networks has signed up to a charter pledging to take concrete actions to protect our ocean and waters - one of the first 100 communities in Europe to do so. Fair…
Norway was pushing the EU to increase a transfer of Blue Whiting quota by a staggering 158% to 80,000 tonnes, in addition to access
The European Commission has said it hopes to represent “the best interests” of EU member states in talks with Norway on blue whiting. A Commission official was responding to fears voiced earlier this month by Irish fishing organisations that Norway…
Ten months after riparian restoration works on the Kells Blackwater
Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) has launched a funding call of up to €1 million to support vital conservation projects around the country through the Salmon and Sea Trout Rehabilitation, Conservation and Protection Fund. Since 2016, more than €6 million in…
Fethard sea swimming group 'Hooked on Swimming', has begun its '12 swims of Christmas'. Until their final swim on New Year's Day, the swimmers will brave the elements and swim 12 times for the RNLI. The 12 Swims group began last year and has grown from strength to strength, now comprising 140 swimmers
Fethard RNLI’s fundraising branch has begun to distribute RNLI Christmas cards to local shops and businesses, while local swimming group Hooked on Swimming have begun their 12 swims of Christmas fundraiser which will see proceeds raised to power the lifesaving…
The 1954-vintage George Bushe-built Crosshaven skiff Lorelei moves past the Central Bank on Dublin’s River Liffey, rowed by the Stella Maris club of Ringsend in 2021’s All In A Row Charity Challenge
The ‘All in a Row’ charity challenge for 2022 is coming to the Dublin’s River Liffey on Saturday 3 December with teams looking to smash a target of 1,000km rowed in eight hours. Forty skiffs, four Dragon boats, kayaks, canoes…
Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority & European Fisheries Control Agency joint deployment plan, Cork, Ireland. Pictured (L to R) are Cristina Morgado (Deputy Head of Unit EU Waters and North Atlantic, EFCA), Paschal Hayes, (Executive Chairperson, SFPA), Susan Steele (Executive Director, EFCA), Michael Finn (Authority Member, SFPA) aboard the Lundy Sentinel in Cork Harbour at an event to mark World Fisheries Day and a joint deployment in Irish waters between the Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA) and European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA) to promote compliance with national and EU sea-fisheries legislation.  Susan Steele is pictured presenting an EFCA Medal to Paschal and Michael to commemorate the ongoing collaboration between the two agencies
The European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA) has chartered an aircraft for the first time as part of surveillance of Irish waters. A European Maritime Safety Agency drone is also being used as part of air-sea fisheries control and inspection. Representatives…
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An angler has been convicted at Lisburn Magistrates’ Court for several fishing offences and fined a total of £465, which included a £15 offender levy. Kevin McCann (55) of Lagmore View Gardens, Dunmurray, Belfast was found guilty at Lisburn Magistrates’ Court to…
Mick Moriarty, Army officer and pioneer of diving in Ireland
Tributes have been paid to Col Michael Moriarty, one of the pioneers of scuba diving in Ireland, who died earlier this month. As The Sunday Independent reports, wetsuits were unheard of when he took up diving, and he once described…
St Michael’s Rowing Club members are ready to #RowForAlice on Saturday 26 November
East Coast rowing clubs are undertaking the challenge of rowing around Ireland in 24 hours on indoor rowing machines in aid of Alice Hayes, a nine-year-old girl from Blackrock who has been diagnosed with neuroblastoma, an aggressive type of cancer.…
Zebra mussels
Fishery officers from the Loughs Agency recently observed zebra mussels (Dreissena polymorpha) near Victoria Lock at the Newry Canal. Zebra mussels are an invasive non-native Species (INNS), meaning they have been transported outside of their natural geographic range only to…
Joint Committee on Environment and Climate Action's Report on Biodiversity was published this month
An Oireachtas committee has said that greater consultation with the fishing industry must be “facilitated” to provide better planning around marine protected areas (MPAs) and offshore wind farms. In a report on biodiversity loss, the Joint Committee on Environment and…
Four girls from Enniskillen Royal Grammar School rowing a racing boat on the River Erne
Waterways Ireland advises masters of vessels and waterway users on the Erne System that the Fours Head of The River Rowing Race, organised by Enniskillen Royal Grammar School, will take place on Saturday 19 November. The race will start at…
Norway demands EU give them unilateral access to blue whiting in Irish Waters
The Irish fishing industry is being threatened with another major impact on its waters This is from Norway a non-EU Membet State which wants to get its fleet into Irish waters to fish for the valuable blue whiting. Norway has…
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Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) is working on a new Customer Charter and Action Plan for 2023 to 2025 — and welcomes public input on its drafting. Customer charters are short statements describing the level of service that you can expect…
Smooth Point Quay at Killybegs Fishery Harbour Centre
The Department of Transport has been advised that the Marine Engineering Division of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine is undertaking dredging and quay construction works at Smooth Point in Killybegs Fishery Harbour Centre, Co Donegal. As previously…

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