• Crawfish Investigations 1966-68

      Molloy, J P (Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (Fisheries Division), 1970)
      The fishery for crawfish (Palinurus elephas) in Irish waters has previously been described by Gibson and O'Riordan (1965) and by Gibson (1967). Molloy (1968) has given some details of the scientific work done on this species in recent years. One of the most important aspects of this fishery is that both lobsters and crawfish are exploited simultaneously by boats which use the same type of traps and baits for the two species. Neither the location nor extent of the fishery has shown any marked change since it first became an important aspect of the Irish fishing industry but the annual landings still show considerable variations. These fluctuations in the yearly catch would seem to depend more on the duration of the season and its length, rather than on changes in stock abundance (Gibson 1967). The annual landings (to the nearest thousand fish) since 1951 are shown. The landings in 1968 were surprisingly low for a season which was marked by exceptionally fine weather.
    • The Herring Fisheries of Ireland

      Molloy, J P (Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (Fisheries Division), 1970)
      Not since Farran (1941) published his paper, entitled "The herring fisheries in Eire, 1923 - 1941" has an attempt been made to describe the herring fisheries of Ireland. The purpose of this paper, therefore, is to provide information about the various fisheries around the Irish coast in the decade from 1960 to 1969. For convenience, the coast has been divided into five areas, namely the east coast, the south coast, the southwest coast, the west coast and the northwest coast. The principle ports and major herring grounds, the type of boats and gear used, the seasonal abundance and total catch, the type of herring caught, with regard to size, condition, number per kilogram and fat content, the present methods of disposal of the catch and any other relevant details are described for each area.
    • The Herring Fisheries on the South and South-West Coasts 1970/71

      Molloy, J P (Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (Fisheries Division), 1971)
      The 1970/71 winter herring fishery off the south coast, based mainly at the ports of Dunmore East and Cobh, began in the week ending 14th November, 1970, and ended on the 4th February, 1971. Eighty boats, seven more than in the 1969/70 season, took part in the fishery and landed a total of 110,816 crans. The total landing, which was an increase of 13,880 crans on the quantity for the previous season, was the highest yet recorded. During the season landings were made on 63 days out of a possible 74. The weather, which prior to Christmas had been reasonably favourable, deteriorated during January and brought fishing to a standstill on a number of occasions. This factor, together with the disappearance of the shoals in early February, closed the fishing season earlier than in the previous four seasons. All herrings landed were auctioned at either Dunmore East or Cobh.
    • Herring Fisheries on the South and South-West Coasts 1971-1972

      Molloy, J P (Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (Fisheries Division), 1972)
      The 1971/72 winter herring fishery off the south coast began in the week ending 30 October, 1971, and ended on 23 February, 1972. The total landing of 79,792 crans was over 30,000 crans (-28%) less than the total landed in the record previous season of 1970/71. Most of the landings were auctioned at either Dunmore East or Cobh, although small quantities on occasion were landed at Kilmore Quay, Ballycotton and Kinsale. Eighty-three boats – three more than in the 1970/71 season – took part in the fishery at various times throughout the season and landings were made on 77 days out of a possible 103.
    • South Coast (Waterford and Cork) Herring Fishery 1968-1969

      Molloy, J P (Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (Fisheries Division), 1969)
      The 1968/69 herring season proper commenced on November 27, 1968 and terminated on February 17, 1969. Prior to November 27, however, some small quantities of herrings had been taken by boats over a large area extending from Hook Head to the Daunt Rock. Fifty nine Irish boats made catches throughout the season and a total of 70,781 crans of herrings were landed which was an increase of 7,438 crans (11%o)n the figure for the previous season. Landings were made on 60 days out of a possible 70. The season, which began later than usual, was very disappointing before Christmas, due mainly to adverse weather conditions and the absence of shoals in inshore waters, After Christmas, however, landings of herrings increased substantially and fishing during January and February was exceptionally heavy, with the result that the total landings for the 1968/69 season were the greatest on record. As in the 1967/68 season, fishing was restricted after Christmas at times due to marketing problems which caused the closure of the ports on a number of occasions. The overall catch would otherwise have been considerably higher. Almost all landings of herrings were made at Dunmore East and Cobh.
    • South Coast (Waterford and Cork) Herring Fishery 1969-1970

      Molloy, J P (Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (Fisheries Division), 1970)
      The 1969/70 herring fishery began on the south coast in the week ending 15th November, 1969, and ended on the 25th February, 1970. Some small amounts of herrings had, however, been taken prior to the middle of November. Seventy three boats took part in the fishery, compared with fifty nine during the 1968/69 season. A total of 96,936 crans was landed, which was the highest on record and an increase of 26,155 crans on the figure for the previous season. Landings were made on 69 days out of a possible 81. The weather which, prior to Christmas, had been very favourable to fishing , deteriorated during January and thereafter caused many interruptions. As in the two previous seasons, marketing problems caused fishing to be suspended on a number of occasions and this restricted catches for considerable periods. All herrings taken throughout the season were auctioned at either Dunmore East or Cobh.