The Guinness World Records has given the Guinness International Boat Racing Association (IBARA) the chance to take on one of its most challenging jobs: catching fish.
The record-breaking Irish fishing fleet, which has a fleet of more than 400 boats, has been racing since 1998 and has now been awarded a record-tying nine times.
The boats have been racing around the world in their attempts to break the record for the largest fishing fleet on land, but the group has not been able to catch anything of the size of the Guinness Book of Records until now.
The group, which is made up of eight Irish fishermen and five US-based competitors, set a world record in March with the largest catch of tuna, a catch of more that 1.3 million kilos.
The Guinness Book has previously given the IBARA the right to break into the record book as long as the fishing operation is run in accordance with a strict set of safety guidelines.
The IBAra is part of the IABF, a body that works to protect the environment and tackle the world’s fishing industry.
IBAREA has been in the news recently for the fact that they are using an Irish flag to drive up the boat when they are on a fishing trip in the Atlantic Ocean.
IABE’s Chief Executive, John Walsh, said the Irish fleet had to be flown out in a helicopter during a long journey when they were heading into the Atlantic.
“We can’t just fly them out on a motorised aircraft and fly them around the Atlantic,” Mr Walsh said.
“They are very much on an ocean journey and there is no chance of a shark attack.”
IBAARA was founded in 2006 by a group including Mr Walsh, with the intention of raising awareness of the sustainability of fisheries and protecting the environment.
“The IBAARA programme is part-funded by a government grant, but our funding comes from the Irish Government, the IBO, and the Irish fishing industry,” Mr Stoney said.
He said they were looking forward to setting a record this year and hoped to raise the money through the Guinness Campaign.
“This is a great opportunity to set the record, because this is something we all have in common.
We have the same interests and the same passion for this sport and this is our passion,” Mr Meehan said.
IBBF chief executive, Tom McEneille said he hoped the Irish fishermen could break into a Guinness Book record.
“I’m looking forward for them to be able to get up to the mark and be able go back to the coast and try again,” Mr McEeil said.
The Guinness Book is one of the world s biggest publishing houses and the Guinness Foundation is an independent charity that supports the sustainability and environmental protection of the natural world.
Last year, Guinness announced the launch of a programme to tackle climate change and the effects of climate change on fisheries.
It is expected to spend up to $15 million over the next five years to help reduce global fish stocks and make fishing safer.