Mapping app that identifies discard hotspots

The Marine Institute has developed an online app (desktop and mobile friendly) to help the fishing industry identify areas that have consistent catch rates over multiple years. The app can used to avoid areas with high catch rates of choke species and juvenile commercial fish.

Member States agree a no-deal Brexit fisheries contingency plan

The European Commission has launched a Brexit Contingency Plan, agreed with Ireland and seven impacted Member States, which sets out how fisheries would be managed in a no-deal Brexit scenario. The Plan identifies mitigation measures including…
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Re-evaluation of Northeast Atlantic mackerel stock size

The Killybegs Fishermen's Organisation (KFO), which represents the majority of Ireland's pelagic fishermen, has welcomed the findings of an assessment workshop on the northeast Atlantic mackerel stock. The results, published by the International…
Launch of T Burke II inshore mussel boat

T Burke II to monitor Ireland's south and east coast mussel waters

Michael Creed, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, has launched a new inshore survey vessel that will monitor and survey mussel bed stocks on the south and east coasts of Ireland. Commissioned by Ireland's seafood agency, BIM, T…

Bill passes, allowing Northern vessels fish inside Ireland's inshore waters

The Sea-Fisheries (Amendment) Bill 2017 which gives Northern Ireland fishing boats legal footing to fish within Ireland’s 0-6nm zone, passed through the Dáil (28/3) by 72:8 votes.The Bill sought to amend a neighbourly, non-binding arrangement of more than fifty years between Ireland and Northern Ireland. The ‘voisinage' arrangement recognises reciprocal fishing access inside 0-6nm inshore waters.

Stakeholders request presidential review of amended Fisheries Bill

In our interview, Francis O’Donnell, CEO of the Irish Fish Producers' Organisation traces the origins of the Voisinage arrangement that allowed fishermen from both sides of the Irish border to fish within six nautical miles of each others' coastline.

Sea-fisheries Bill 'could inadvertently' open access to Ireland's six-mile limit

The Sea-Fisheries (Amendment) Bill 2017 could inadvertently allow access to Ireland's six-mile limit to all contracting parties of the 1964 London Fisheries Convention, a fishing representative has warned.This bill, which will allow Irish and Northern Irish fishermen reciprocal access to each other's waters, was passed by Seanad Éireann (26/7) and proceeds to the Dáil tomorrow at 2.30pm, to go ‘All Stages’. 
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'Fast-tracking' of North-South fishing arrangement criticised

A representative voice for Irish fishermen using boats of less than 12m in overall length, has raised concerns over the reintroduction of a 'voisinage' agreement between the Republic and Northern Ireland. 

Irish anglers participate in bluefin tuna data gathering

Irish anglers are to participate in a 'science-based' catch, tag an release fishery for bluefin tuna this year, complimenting the work by the Marine Institute of a satellite tagging programme. This international management plan for the east Atlantic was adopted at the 2018  AGM of International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas.