In the frame of the EfficientShip project, ENOGIA and its partners, including Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation, have just started the demonstration phase of the ORC technology in fishing vessels, as the first tests were carried out in the Orizzonte ship in Ancona, Italy. Earlier investigations were carried out on the crabber Amy Jane II in Killybegs, July 2016 and followed up with installation of the ORC unit on a vessel based in Italy.
Supported by the European Commission through a Life+ project and in partnership with CNR Ismar, IFP Energies Nouvelles and Giuseppe Giordano (owner of the ship) the project has three main goals :
- Reducing by 5 to 10 % the fuel consumption, which is the biggest cost item.
- Reducing the operating costs for fishing vessels.
- Raising awareness among the fishing and maritime European sector on the importance and benefits of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
The demonstration ORC prototype was successfully installed in the engine room of the ship, and uses the exhaust gases of the main engine as a primary heat source. Power generation relies on an Enogia turbine specifically designed and manufactured for this project and the electricity generated by the ORC is directly fed to the ship's ancillaries.
Friday, September 8th: Seminar in Ancona
Following the successful integration of the ORC, the three partners, and the owner of ship organized a Seminar in Ancona, Italy to show the project in front of a maritime industry audience. It was the opportunity to introduce the first tests results, which proved the system to be functional, with the ORC generating its first kilowatts of electricity without hampering operation of the main engine.
Further Details: Norah Parke, Project Coordinator, KFO, email@example.com
Minister to retain existing sharing arrangements
The Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation has tonight welcomed the final decision by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, following the conclusion of a review into mackerel quota sharing arrangements.
The Minister has decided to reject the formal request by the Irish South and West Fish Producer's Organisation to have 100% of the additional 2017 mackerel quota allocated to it. This means that the 10,589 additional tonnes will now be allocated in accordance with existing sharing arrangements of 87% to the RSW fleet and 13% to the polyvalent segment.
KFO Chief Executive, Seán O’Donoghue said, “I am pleased that the Minister made his decision solely on the facts, stakeholders’ submissions and analysis. He was not swayed by unfounded and distorted facts. All we had sought was that the existing percentage sharing arrangements be maintained which have shown to properly deal with year on year fluctuations in the national mackerel quota in a fair, transparent and balanced way. We have not gained additional fish, we have retained the existing percentage sharing arrangement which was in place due to the work we have put into building a pelagic industry in the North West. It is the correct decision and we welcome it even if has taken far longer than we anticipated. We had always maintained that this review was unnecessary.”
“I would like to acknowledge the role played and efforts made by our members during the public consultation process in putting forward well founded submissions,” concluded Mr O’Donoghue.
Mr O’Donoghue also thanked four Donegal TDs for their full support and representations, namely Government Chief Whip, Joe McHugh, Pat the Cope Gallagher, Charlie McConalogue and Thomas Pringle.
Mr O'Donoghue also welcomed the announcement to discontinue the RSW effort regime.
The CEO of Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation (KFO), Seán O’Donoghue has welcomed clarification from the chairperson of the Joint Committee on Arts, Heritage, Regional Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Peadar Tóibín regarding misrepresentations and imbalance at a committee meeting on April 26th last.
Deputy Tóibín stated: “There was an imbalance with regards to witnesses we had on the day. The Killybegs group didn’t feel that they were aware the mackerel quota issue would be the issue for discussion and I feel that’s fair comment.
“As a committee in future, we should seek at least, to give better prior notice to witnesses as to what exactly is going to be discussed. It was felt by the KFO that there were some inaccuracies,” said Deputy Tóibín. Contrary to remarks made at the end of the original meeting, the chairperson also indicated that the committee would not be sending a report to the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, on the basis of the discussion held.
Mr O’Donoghue said that the meeting which the chairman was referring to amounted to little more than a set-up and an attempt by certain committee members to discredit the KFO and skew the facts in favour of fishermen in the South and West.
“Four TDs from Cork and Kerry, one of whom isn’t even a member of the committee, along with four members from the Irish South and West Fish Producers Organisation including Patrick Murphy as well as a representative from the neighbouring Daingean Uí Chúis Fishermen’s Committee, arrived under the pretence of addressing the prescribed agenda, “What it takes to sustain a viable rural community”. At very short notice from the Committee, the KFO sent one representative, Norah Parke, who was duly ambushed regarding mackerel quotas which are currently the subject of a Ministerial review,” said Seán O’Donoghue.
“Last year, our boats were hit with a 15% cut in mackerel quota. Now that there has been an increase in the Irish quota, the Minister appears open to the idea of making it available to 27 vessels in the polyvalent sector who have a mackerel entitlement for no valid reason other than purely parochial. This is something we cannot and will not stand idly by and accept. It could see the fishing industry in the West and North West deprived of more than €10million of a mackerel catch in 2017. It’s since come to light that the scientific advice used to calculate the 2017 TAC was erroneous meaning a sizeable cut of 13% on the 2016 catches rather than the 14% increase it had previously advised. Aside from the obvious embarrassment of such a mistake in estimating stock size, it has created huge uncertainty for our members who are trying to run businesses and provide employment.
“If this is allowed to happen, it would result in the loss of jobs at sea in Donegal as well as employment ashore in the highly developed pelagic industry in the North West. Moreover, it ignores the fact that those 27 vessels who stand to benefit from this ludicrous review have already been boosted by a large mackerel tonnage increase, going from 1,000 tonnes in year 2000 to 9,700 tonnes in 2016. Furthermore, the polyvalent vessels have secured recent increases worth approximately €3million in Blue whiting, Atlanto-Scandian herring and Horse mackerel collectively with 4,100, 1,700 and 560 tonne increases respectively, which shows how well they have been looked after.”
Mr O’Donoghue said the KFO was opposing the review in the strongest possible terms saying it amounted to nothing more than a significant distraction from the uncertainty and major challenges posed by Brexit for the industry as well as the Minster. The Irish RSW fleet in Killybegs has invested heavily in specialised vessels which has played a major role in developing a mackerel fishery in this country and establishing a credible track record in catching mackerel prior to introduction of Total Allowable Catch (TAC) and quotas system in 1983. Without this excellent track record, Ireland’s current 21.2 % percentage share of the western TAC would probably be only in the region of 1% to 2%.
Mr O’Donoghue said with the unprecedented and particularly demanding challenges presented by Brexit, it’s even more baffling why a ludicrous review is playing out in tandem with this issue causing unnecessary distraction. He called for the Irish Government to make fisheries a top priority in the negotiations around Brexit and to ensure that the sector is not used as a bargaining chip in reaching a final outcome. Given the importance of the negotiations, he questioned why a wholly unnecessary review was being undertaken into mackerel quota in the first instance.
He added that this review into the distribution of additional mackerel is now pitting different producer organisations against each other at a time when Ireland needs to be focused on the Brexit issue more than ever. The KFO has always believed that the course of action being adopted by Minister Michael Creed is fundamentally flawed and endeavours to penalise the Refrigerated Seawater (RSW) sector in a disproportionate and unfair manner.
The review is in direct contravention of a Ministerial policy decision of 2009 which was revised and confirmed in 2010.
The KFO and IFPO are continuing to assist in the search for the two missing crew of Recuse 116 operator Paul Ormsby and winchman Ciarán Smith and will be embarking on a coordinated search of Donegal Bay starting from Black Rock light house at first light Saturday morning.
The KFO and IFPO said:
“We are continuing to assist with the search for the missing crew of R 116 and we will embark on a coordinated search using a number of large RSW vessels and other vessels leaving Killybegs on Friday afternoon to be in a position to start the search from Black Rock light house at first light Saturday morning. The intention is to search northwards from Black Rock covering Donegal Bay and further north. This search has been discussed with the Coast Guard and they are very appreciative of our support, advice and continued assistance. In addition to this co-ordinated search we are asking all fishing vessels operating in the area to keep a close eye out for any debris from the helicopter”.
They added: “We fully understand that a large number of vessels want to get involved in the search but we would ask that vessels do not risk going to sea in small vessels when the weather conditions are unsuitable. Safety at sea is of paramount importance and we do not want further tragedies.”
Sean O’Donoghue, CEO KFO 087 4196535 or 074 97 31089
Francis O’Donnell, CEO IFPO 087 9247344
KFO said the overall outcome of the Fisheries Council that finished at 2am this morning was positive with significant increases in three pelagic stocks mackerel +14%, blue whiting +85% and Atlanto Scandia herring +104%. There were also very welcome increases in nephrops and in a number of important whitefish species but the reductions in haddock in the North West and megrim in Celtic Sea are disappointing. The expected 50% increase in the percentage share of blue whiting was also endorsed by Council. KFO is satisfied that Minister Creed has for the most part delivered on our call prior to the Council to ensure that the Commission’s proposed cuts for key Irish stocks are reversed at the Fisheries Council.
Sean O Donoghue CEO said after the Council finished in Brussels;
“The outcome for the pelagic sector was mostly positive. Our quotas for certain pelagic stocks were know in advance of the Council and the increases in quotas for mackerel our most important economic fishery, blue whiting and Atlanto Scandia herring for next year are welcomed. The proposed 17% cut in our monitoring herring quota in the North West has been eliminated. We did expect that there would be cuts in our horse mackerel and boarfish quotas given the very large uncertainties in the scientific assessments for both of these stocks which we will be actively addressing during next year. We also welcome the increases in whitefish quotas in the North West, monkfish + 20%, megrim + 9%, Rockall haddock +16% and saithe +13 % and much needed 9 % scientifically justified increase in nephrops. However the 20% reduction in haddock in the North West is not warranted as the reduction is due to scientific error and changing the fishing mortality rate. It is likely that this reduction will cause problems with possible early closures of fisheries during next year in the North West as haddock is under the landing obligation. There were significant increases in Celtic Sea namely haddock +7%, whiting +21%, and a rollover of the monkfish. The major proposed reduction of 68% in cod was significantly reduced to 15% and the hake quota in both areas was increased by 9%.”
He added; “The Hague Preferences which sees Ireland and the UK getting elevated quotas for a number of key species when reductions are proposed, were delivered but only after a major battle and I must recognise the trojan work done by Minister Creed to resist the attempts by a number of Member States to try to get them removed. Without the Hague Preference for example we would have taken a cut of 38% in the Celtic Sea cod instead of the 15% the cut”
Mr. O Donoghue concluded by saying: “ I wish to recognise that Minister Creed and his officials worked very closely with the industry both before and during the Council and took on board our well founded concerns and advice and delivered a sustainable and economically viable fishing opportunities package for 2017”
14th December 2016
Sean O’Donoghue, CEO Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation Mob: 087 4196535
KFO calls on Minister Creed to ensure that the Commission’s proposed cuts for key Irish stocks are reversed at the Fisheries Council next week
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