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Notice of Irish Anglerfish and Megrim Survey 2018 - North and Northwest Coast of Ireland

 

Marine Notice No. 15 of 2018

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

 

The Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport has been advised that the Marine Institute is carrying out the annual Irish Anglerfish and Megrim Survey (IAMS 2018). The survey will be carried out from the 10th-21st April 2018 to the North and Northwest coast of Ireland in fulfilment of Ireland’s Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) obligations. The IAMS is a demersal trawl survey consisting of approximately 50 otter trawls of 60 minutes duration in ICES area 6.a. The approximate location of these hauls is given in Figure 1 and Appendix 1 below. Fishing will take place within a 3 nautical mile radius of these indicative positions.

Figure 1. Map of IAMS 2018 survey stations labelled with station numbers.

 

The survey will be conducted by the R.V. “Celtic Explorer” (Callsign: EIGB).  The vessel will display all appropriate lights and signals during the survey and will also be listening on VHF Channel 16.

 

The vessel will be towing a Jackson demersal trawl during fishing operations.

 

The Marine Institute requests that commercial fishing and other marine operators keep a 3nmi area around the tow points clear of any gear or apparatus during the survey period outlined above. While there is no statutory provision for the loss of gear at sea, the Marine Institute will make every effort to avoid gear adequately marked according to legislation[1] that may be encountered in the notified areas. In the event that an operator has static gear or other obstructions within 3nmi of the points listed below it is the responsibility of the owner to notify the survey managers or vessel directly. This should be communicated by identifying specifically which “Station” is of concern using the Appendix and contact details provided. It is not required to provide positional details of commercial operations beyond 4nmi of the survey points provided.

 

Specifics of any fishing gear or other obstructions that are known and cannot be kept clear of these survey haul locations can be notified using the contact details below.

 

Please contact:

Aodhan Fitzgerald, Marine Institute: 0872488765

Appendix 1. IAMS Survey Stations are located by the following coordinates (WGS 84)

 

Station

Latitude

Longitude

1

57°39’.73N

8°32’.76W

2

56°4’.69N

9°11’.91W

3

57°40’.31N

9°36’.34W

4

54°42’.88N

9°34’.02W

5

55°39’.43N

8°18’.50W

6

57°53’.37N

9°22’.70W

7

55°10’.62N

10°6’.94W

8

56°24’.06N

8°8’.27W

9

55°59’.80N

7°31’.24W

10

55°46’.59N

6°42’.74W

11

55°18’.15N

9°50’.66W

12

56°33’.94N

9°10’.29W

13

55°40’.81N

9°10’.495W

14

56°33’.85N

7°27’.75W

15

54°34’.76N

10°41’.06W

16

55°48’.48N

9°25’.26W

17

57°11’.99N

8°41’.84W

18

55°58’.80N

8°6’.04W

19

56°19’.47N

8°57’.31W

20

55°32’.55N

9°23’.76W

21

57°19’.69N

9°28’.71W

22

54°30’.23N

8°55’.005W

23

54°40’.45N

10°32’.77W

24

57°30’.41N

9°38’.70W

25

54°41’.22N

10°18’.53W

26

54°30’.12N

9°46’.34W

27

56°54’.25N

9°4’.62W

28

55°34’.45N

7°29’.79W

29

54°51’.75N

10°27’.88W

30

55°52’.62N

7°47’.86W

31

55°57’.55N

8°40’.42W

32

57°46’.14N

9°34’.07W

33

57°52’.22N

9°39’.93W

34

55°0’.64N

9°54’.05W

35

56°25’.76N

7°45’.90W

36

55°0’.45N

9°9’.77W

37

57°4’.01N

9°16’.08W

38

56°15’.14N

9°14’.44W

39

56°13’.51N

7°4’.44W

40

55°37’.80N

9°20’.37W

41

55°2’.19N

10°11’.17W

42

56°54’.81N

8°25’.82W

43

55°51’.08N

8°17’.24W

44

56°38’.13N

9°0’.71W

45

55°25’.12N

8°56’.29W

46

55°55’.39N

9°20’.12W

47

55°21’.76N

8°29’.94W

48

57°28’.13N

8°57’.03W

49

54°52’.65N

10°18’.72W

50

55°37’.00N

9°33’.49W

 

 

 



[1]Articles 9-17 of EU Regulation 404-2011. Available at  - http://eur-lex.europa.eu  

  For overview of regulations: http://www.bim.ie/media/bim/content/downloads/Fish-Man-Cht-2017.pdf

 


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