Notice to all Shipowners, Fishing Vessel Owners, Agents, Shipmasters, Skippers, Fishermen, Yachtsmen and Seafarers

The Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport has been advised that the annual Irish Groundfish Survey (IGFS2015) will be carried out off the south and west coasts of Ireland between the 13th November and 17th of December 2015 by the Marine Institute (MI) in fulfilment of Ireland’s CFP (Common Fisheries Policy) obligations. The IGFS is a demersal trawl survey consisting of a minimum of 125 fishing hauls of 30 min duration each. The approximate location for the hauls is given below. Fishing in 2015 will take place within a 2 nautical mile radius of these location targets.

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Map of IGFS2015 survey stations (red circles) labelled with Prime Station number

The survey will be conducted by the R.V. Celtic Explorer (Callsign: EIGB). The vessel will display all appropriate lights and signal during the survey and will also be listening on VHF Channel 16. She will be towing a high headline GOV 36/47 demersal trawl during fishing operations.

The Marine Institute would request fishing vessel operators and other commercial operators to keep a 2nm area around the tow points clear of all commercial gear during the period. While there is no statutory provision for the loss of fishing gear, the Marine Institute will make every effort to avoid gear adequately marked according to legislation* that may have drifted into the notified areas.

In the event that a fishing vessel operator has static gear or other obstructions within 2nm of the points listed above, it is the responsibility of the owner to notify the survey managers or vessel directly using the contact information provided. This should be communicated by identifying specifically which ‘Prime Station’ is of concern using the Appendix [http://www.dttas.ie/maritime/maritimesafetydirectorate/marinenotices/marine-notices#overlay-context=maritime] and contact details provided.

It is not required to provide positional details of commercial operations beyond 3-4nm of the survey points provided.

Contact: Aodhan Fitzgerald, Marine Institute: 0872488765 Dave Stokes: [email protected]