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Seascapes of the Irish coast

Isn’t this a great name for a fishing boat? I saw it at the fishing pier in Crosshaven, Cork Harbour and was impressed. Fishing is such a challenging job these days. A little bit of humour perhaps, or realism maybe, in the name. Hope the fishing is good!


I didn’t know that Irish whelk is being used for sushi in China and Japan. Sofrimar in Kilmore Quay is the largest processor of whelk meat in Ireland, caught by Irish fishing boats. Sofrimar is investing €678,000 to create additional space in its factory which will allow it to meet an increased demand for frozen cooked whole whelks in Asia and Europe. “Our raw whelk meat is processed into sushi slices in China and sold in major sushi restaurant chains in Japan,” according to Lorcan Barden, the company’s Finance Director.


Marine scientist and Church of Ireland Rector, William Spotswood Green,has been honoured in Sneem, Co.Kerry, for his work in establishing marine research.Marine scientist and fisheries expert, Kevin Flannery, commissioned a plaque which was unveiled in Sneem Cemetery at the grave of the Rector/Scientist. “No man will ever surpass the work he did, and I decided as a fishery scientist he had to be remembered.,” Mr Flannery said. William Spotswood Green was born in Youghal, Co Cork. He conducted research into developing the salt mackerel market for North America. A huge industry with coopers, salters and slitters, in ports like Dingle evolved. Some 80,000 people were employed until the late 1920s. Spotswood Green died in 1919 at his home overlooking the sea near Caherdaniel. “His work included playing a major part in the design of the research vessel Helga II and the Ovoca, Ireland’s first motor fishing vessel,,” said Mr.Flannery.

Tom MacSweeney

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