Researchers discovered that crabs demonstrated behaviour ‘consistent with the idea of pain’. Drawing by Michael Viney

Human beings hate pain and mostly shrink from inflicting it, even at second hand. But how far does pain reach in the rest of the living world and how (...)

 Bluefin tuna: an ocean super-predator. Illustration: Michael Viney

The biggest fish I ever caught with rod, line and spinner was a pollack as long as my arm – well, nearly as long. I remember my excitement at the fier(...)

A fisherman inspects a catch. The Sea Fisheries Protection Authority is obliged, both as a matter of European and domestic law, to regulate the weighing system itself. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Sea Fisheries Protection Authority has breached national and European law in withholding approval for a new industry owned and operated conveyor b(...)

Sean O’Donoghue, chief executive of the Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation: ‘It can’t work. You are really going back to the stone age in terms of weighing.’ File photograph: William Edwards/AFP

Efforts are under way for the Irish fishing sector to access a controversial European Commission investigation report that led to catches having to be(...)

Fishery protection is the core role of the Naval Service, which has been hit particularly hard by the manpower crisis impacting the entire Defence Forces

Ireland had to rely on a European Union ship to help patrol its fishing zone for the first time this year due to the current dire condition of the Nav(...)

Fishermen unload their catches. Photographer: Chris J. Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

The quality of fresh fish landed in Irish harbours will be adversely affected by European Commission demands for a move to pier-side weighing of catch(...)

The Irish Fish Producers Organisation will argue the Sea Fisheries (Amendment) Bill ‘repeats the mistakes’ of earlier legislation introduced by the last government. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A new system introducing penalty points for masters of fishing vessels is “unfair and unbalanced”, with “nonsensical” elements, an Oireachtas committe(...)

 It is understood that an analysis by the European Commission has concluded that during the period 2012-2016, Ireland overfished its quota of mackerel by 28,700 tonnes; its horse mackerel quota by 8,100 tonnes and blue whiting by 5,600 tonnes. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Ireland will have tens of thousands of tonnes of fish deducted from its quotas in the coming years and faces losing up to €40 million in European fund(...)

The LÉ William Butler Yeats, which detained two Irish-registered vessels on Thursday. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Two Irish fishing vessels were detained by the Irish Naval Service for alleged fishing offences in the Celtic Sea off the south coast of Ireland on Th(...)

A new methodology had led the Minister for Agriculture Food and Marine to issue a closure order from November 2017 over a particular section of sea off the west coast. Photograph: iStock

The Supreme Court has asked the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) to determine questions concerning an appeal by two fishermen over the way the fishin(...)

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