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  • Call on minister to boost Killybegs harbour

    Call on minister to boost Killybegs harbour

    9th July 2015

    Following the report published last week by the Dáil’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) which examined the underuse of Ireland’s six Fishery Harbour Centres, Thomas Pringle, Independent TD for Donegal South West has called on Minister Simon Coveney to refocus investment…

  • New Northbay Pelagic processing factory takes form

    New Northbay Pelagic processing factory takes form

    8th July 2015

    David Linkie reports: Scheduled for completion in the early autumn in time for the closing few weeks of the North Sea herring season, after which production will immediately switch to mackerel, the new building will replace Northbay Pelagic’s principal processing…

  • Scrapping boats rebuilds stocks

    Scrapping boats rebuilds stocks

    7th July 2015

    Scrapping schemes to reduce fleet capacity throughout Europe have been the fundamental reason behind the current successful rebuilding of stocks in NE Atlantic waters according to a UK fishermen’s leader, reports Tim Oliver Commenting on current EU fisheries management NFFO…

  • Macduff Shellfish expands scallop fishing fleet

    Macduff Shellfish expands scallop fishing fleet

    6th July 2015

    Macduff Shellfish, based in Mintlaw near Peterhead in Scotland, intends to use the business – from Exeter-based the Greendale Group – to gain a foothold in the area, building relationships with fishermen to help grow the business. The 11-strong shore…

  • Rare Orange Lobster Caught By Young Fisherman

    Rare Orange Lobster Caught By Young Fisherman

    26th June 2015

    This incredibly rare, orange lobster was caught by Daire Gallagher, a young fisherman from Burtonport in Co. Donegal, reports Pauric Gallagher. Daire caught the unusual lobster in Arranmore bay, while hauling his pots set for crabs and lobsters. Although it…

  • Three-Way Irish Sea Boat Moves

    Three-Way Irish Sea Boat Moves

    25th June 2015

    The recent sale of the Maryport scalloper/trawler Golden Fleece MT 99 generated a further two boat moves on either side of the Irish Sea. Bought by Kilkeel skipper Ryan Newell from previous skipper John McEvoy, the 13.9m wooden-hulled Golden Fleece…

  • Stop Illegal Fish Sales By Unlicensed Anglers

    Stop Illegal Fish Sales By Unlicensed Anglers

    24th June 2015

    An inshore fishermen’s leader says unlicensed anglers are landing and selling large amounts of bass, cod and other quota species while commercial fishermen are struggling to survive due to lack of quota, reports Tim Oliver. Paul Joy of Hastings, co-chairman…

  • St Abbs Lifeboat Station Faces Closure Threat

    St Abbs Lifeboat Station Faces Closure Threat

    3rd June 2015

    The RNLI’s proposal to close St Abbs lifeboat station at the end of this summer has been met with widespread anger and dismay by local fishermen and large numbers of sub-aqua divers from all parts of the UK who share…

  • Increased Whitefish Landings At Peterhead

    Increased Whitefish Landings At Peterhead

    2nd June 2015

    Whitefish activity increased significantly in the first four months of this year at Peterhead, with the catch value and tonnage rising by 11% and 17% respectively, reports David Linkie. 19,143t of whitefish with a value of £28.3m were landed at…