Entries by Gillian Mills

Skin disease on some salmon returning to Irish rivers

A small number of salmon returning to Irish rivers are showing signs of bleeding and skin ulceration, according to Inland Fisheries Ireland.

The red rash skin disease is also present on some salmon returning to Norway and Scotland.

Salmon first began appearing in Irish rivers with these symptoms in early June and by mid-June, fish with ulceration were reported in at least six rivers on the east and west coast of Ireland.

Reducing, reusing and re-purposing fishing gear

Fishers, harbour masters, net producers and representatives from recycling companies and government officials have exchanged ideas on the creation of a circular economy for fishing gear. The new business model will consider the full life-cycle of fishing gear in a bid to reduce its impact on the marine environment. Hosted by BIM and supported by […]

Project to unlock cultural potential of Irish and Welsh ports

A four-year Irish-Welsh project aims to unlock the cultural potential of the ports of Dublin and Rosslare alongside Holyhead, Fishguard and Pembroke Dock. The research will explore their cultures, traditions and histories to enable their cultural heritages become a driver of economic growth.

‘Ports, Past and Present: Cultural Crossing between Ireland and Walsh’ is a joint initiative with University College Cork and Wexford County Council in Ireland, and Aberystwyth University and the Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies, University of Wales Trinity Saint David, in Wales.

Ireland rejects Scottish claim of a 12-mile exclusion zone around Rockall

A longstanding dispute over fishing rights around Rockall, an eroded volcano 230 nm northwest of Donegal, has escalated to a warning from the Scottish authorities that it will deploy patrol vessels if necessary to force Irish fishing vessels out of a 12-mile zone.
In 2013, Ireland signed an Agreement establishing a single maritime boundary between the Exclusive Economic Zones and continental shelves of Ireland and the UK. The Agreement brought legal certainty to boundary issues ‘

High Court rejects mechanical kelp harvesting injunction

Ms Justice Deirdre Murphy of the High Court has declined to grant an injunction that would block extraction of mechanical harvesting of seaweed in Bantry Bay.

BioAtlantis Aquamarine Ltd, a Tralee-based biotechnology company, has received a foreshore licence from the Minister for Housing to harvest more than 1,860 acres.