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DAERA Appoints South East Area FLAG To Deliver £2.3m

DAERA Appoints South East Area FLAG to deliver £2.3m scheme for fishing communities.  The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) has appointed the South East Area (SEA) Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG) to prepare and deliver a £2.3 million local development strategy for local fishing communities. SEAFLAG comprises…

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DAERA Opens EMFF For Fishing Communities

Plans For £2.3million Investment Strategy For Fishing Communities The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) is inviting experienced organisations to help deliver a £2.3million sustainable development strategy for local fishing communities. Northern Ireland has been allocated €13.78million (10%) of the UK’s European Maritime and Fisheries Fund financial allocation…

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Shannon Welcomes Portavogie Fishing Fleet Joy At EU Referendum Vote

in NI with a 56% vote to leave compared to a 60% vote to leave in North Antrim. “To have control back in our hands is a truly exciting time and it is a damning rejection of the Prime Minister’s failure on renegotiation of our membership. The PM tried to…

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Fishing Communities Get Maritime Heritage Tourism Boost

Fishing communities in County Down have been given a major boost through a Maritime Heritage Tourism initiative, launched recently in Ardglass. Heritage guide training, signage, seating, information panels, free Wi-Fi and media Apps, are among the benefits to fishing communities at Ardglass, Portavogie and Kilkeel, through the collaborative project led…

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Portavogie Pipe Band Hold Celebration Of Success

Strangford MP Jim Shannon speaking at the celebration for Portavogie Pipe Band Grade 4b during the World Championships said: “I presented them with a House of Commons copy of the EDM that was placed at Westminster on 15th September. It says: “That this House congratulates Portavogie Pipe Band on winning…

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County Down Fishermen Fear They May Fall Through The Net

County Down fishermen met with DARD fisheries officials last week in the Millbrook Lodge Hotel in Ballynahinch  to discuss how they can meet the EU fish discard ban and  ensure that their nets are fishing legally. Fishermen from the three County Down ports of Portavogie, Ardglass and Kilkeel were present….

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Shannon Meets NI Fishery Harbours Authority Over Portavogie Harbour

Jim Shannon, MP for Strangford, speaking after the meeting said that it was both “constructive and helpful”. A number of issues that were discussed. Mr Shannon said: “The de-sludging of Portavogie harbour will be finalised in four weeks with a further two weeks for the waste to be dried. The lime…

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Could You Be A Maritime Heritage Guide?

County Down needs more heritage guides and now you can get free training with recognised qualifications and lots of support to share your interest in our maritime history, wildlife, buildings and special sites and perhaps set up a part-time business. Even if you would just like to give tours and…

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Tragic Death If Young Woman In Portavogie

Jim Shannon, MP for Strangford, has offered his sincere sympathies to the family of the young woman who died in Portavogie. Mr Shannon said: “I know the family from Killyleagh only moved down to Portavogie a few months ago. The circumstances of her death are still being investigated by the…

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£2 Million Improvement Works To Portavogie Harbour Welcomed

Ards Borough Councillor Nigel Edmund has expressed his delight over  the £2 million investment that has been secured for Portavogie Harbour. With his family closely involved in the fishing industry, and having tried his hand at fishing a few times himself, Nigel has a great interest in the life of…

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County Down Fishermen Threaten To Block Belfast And Foyle Ports

FISHERMEN in Northern Ireland are at breaking point about the state of their industry says Stephen Kearney, an Ardglass skipper/boat owner. After a recent meeting held in Ardglass with boat skippers and owners, the ‘Fishermen of Northern Ireland’ group which comprises fishermen from across the three County Down ports of…

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Fishery Harbour Authority Re-Appointment

NORTHERN Ireland Fisheries’ Minister Michelle O’Neill has re-appointed Mr Ian Morris MBE to the local Fishery Harbour Authority (NIFHA). The Authority has a statutory responsibility for improving, managing and maintaining the three fishery harbours and harbour estates of Ardglass, Kilkeel, and Portavogie and for operating the facilities which are provided…

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O’Neill Announces Further Investment In Life Saving Devices For Fisherman

FISHERIES Minister Michelle O’Neill has announced that more funding has been secured from the European Fisheries Fund to provide a further 345 Personal Floatation Devices (PFD’s) for local fishermen. The PFD’s are lightweight, easy to wear and provide protection without impeding movement. Earlier this year funding was also secured for…

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Wildfowlers And Fishing Rights In The Irish Sea

JIM Shannon, MP for Strangford, has called on DETI and the wind turbine development companies not to consider the provision of wind turbines off the Irish Sea without a full consultation with the fishing groups. Currently a consultation process has now begun and it is at its first of three stages….

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Fishermen’s Mission Welcomes Progressive Support

THE Fishermen’s Mission which covers the three fishing ports of Kilkeel, Ardglass and Portavogie has received a £1,000 Community Award from the Progressive Building Society, the largest locally-owned mortgage lender in Northern Ireland. Delighted with the award, Mission Area Officer Maurice Lake said: “These very welcome funds will go towards…

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