Marine Notice No. 21 of 2023 has been issued on the Irish Anglerfish and Megrim Survey (IAMS) 2023 – Leg II, North and Northwest Coasts
The Department of Transport has issued Marine Notice No. 21 of 2023 – Irish Anglerfish and Megrim Survey (IAMS) 2023 – Leg II, North and Northwest Coasts.
1. Notice of Irish Anglerfish & Megrim Survey (IAMS) 2023–Leg III
Further to Marine Notice 02 of 2023, the third leg of the annual Irish Anglerfish and Megrim Survey (IAMS 2023) will be carried out from 14 April 2023 to 23 April 2023tothe north and northwest coast of Ireland by the Marine Institute in fulfilment of Ireland’s obligations under the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). The IAMS is a demersal trawl survey consisting of approximately 49 otter trawls each of 60 minutes’ duration in ICES area 6.a. The approximate location of these hauls can be found below.
2. Details of Survey Vessel
The survey will be conducted by the RV Celtic Explorer (Callsign: EIGB). The vessel will display appropriate lights and signals. The vessel will be towing a Jackson demersal trawl during fishing operations.
3. Safety Information
The Marine Institute requests that commercial fishing and other marine operators keep the 3nmi radius around each of the tow points or “stations” 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 that may be encountered in the notified areas. If an operator has static gear or other obstructions within the 3nmi radius of the points listed above, 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 Appendix 1 and Appendix 2 which can be found below.
It is not required to provide positional details of commercial operations beyond a 4 nmi radius of the survey points provided.
4. Contact Details
Enquiries regarding the contents of this Marine Notice, or any other relevant matters, should be directed to:
- Aodhan Fitzgerald, Marine Institute: 087-2488765
- Eoghan Kelly, Marine Institute: 087-9935128
All mariners are reminded of their responsibilities under the International Collision Regulations and are reminded of Marine Notice No. 17 of 2007, which gives general advice in relation to the activities of vessels engaged in survey work for hydrographic, seismic, fishing research and underwater operations.
The International Regulations for Prevention of Collisions at Sea (COLREGS) are implemented in Irish law by the Merchant Shipping (Collision Regulations) (Ships and Watercraft on the Water) Order 2012 [S.I. No. 507 of 2012], and the Signals of Distress (Ships) Rules 2012 [S.I. No.170 of 2012]. See Marine Notice No. 06 of 2013.