Iascaigh Mhara Launch Inaugural Seafood Sector Awards to Celebrate
the Best in the Irish Seafood Sector -
Get Your Entries In NOW!
Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), the Seafood Development Agency, have announced
the inaugural BIM Seafood Sector Awards. The BIM Awards will
seek to find the finest fishermen, fish farmers, processors
and retailers in Irelands renowned seafood sector. The
Awards have opened for entrants and the winners will be announced
at a gala evening on November 17th in the Clayton Hotel, Ballsbridge,
the call for entries Tara McCarthy, BIMs CEO said; The
Irish seafood sector is comprised of some of the most interesting,
innovative and driven people in business life. BIM are delighted
to create an occasion to celebrate, highlight and promote the
excellent people and enterprises working in this sector. I would
urge as many people as possible to apply and help us acknowledge
the truly exceptional work undertaken in this vibrant industry.
award categories are designed to focus on BIMs four key
strategic priorities for the development of the Irish seafood
sector namely, Skills, Sustainability, Innovation and Competitiveness
Recognising the importance of upskilling and developing a career
path in the sector; BIM will name the Student of the Year as
well as the Young Fishmonger 2017. The Sustainability umbrella
will host the Responsible Fisherman of the Year, Aquaculture
Social and Environmental Award and the Green Processor Award.
Celebrating Innovation across the Industry will include the,
Best New Fishing Practice Award, Innovation in Aquaculture Award
and the Innovation in Seafood Processing Award. Finally, our
seafood leaders and entrepreneurs will be recognised for their
competitive edge with the Fishing Enterprise of the Year, Aquaculture
Enterprise of the Year and Seafood Entrepreneur/ Enterprise
of the Year.
details on the Awards are available on the BIM website, www.bim.ie/our-services/industry-awards-2016/
or by contacting your local BIM officer. The closing date for
entries is Friday 16th September 2016.
Albacore Tuna a seasonal fishery worth €6.4 million
on our key export markets
Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), the Seafood Development Agency recently
published their Business of Seafood a Snapshot
of Irelands Seafood Sector report that highlights
our diverse and valuable seafood industry around our coast.
In addition to the statistics on the overall value of our seafood
industry (€1 billion in GDP) and our most valuable mackerel
and Dublin Bay Prawn fisheries; it also demonstrates the value
of our smaller and less well known fisheries such as albacore
albacore tuna fishery has been in existence since 1990. The
fish were originally caught in the French Bay of Biscay but
in recent years, Irish vessels have waited until the albacore
migrate closer to the Irish coast a more sustainable approach
as it results is less fuel being used. Irish boats land albacore
tuna into ports in Castletownbere, Baltimore and Dingle with
Castletownbere accounting for 88% of the total landings.
Irish people may not be familiar with this species of tuna as
it is predominantly exported to Spain and France. Our fishermen
catch a quota of 2,367 tonnes worth over €5 million during
the season (July September). The value of Irish exports
of albacore tuna were approximately €6.4 million in 2015,
this represents a 29% increase on €5 million in 2014. Spain
was the main market for Albacore Tuna accounting for 88% of
the export in 2015 valued at €5.6 million. France valued
at €0.5 million accounted for 9% of the export in the same
as the name suggests - alba meaning white - has
pale coloured flesh and an excellent firm meaty texture. While
albacore are one of the smaller tuna species, they grow up to
140cm and can weigh up to 60kg. Like all tuna, Albacore is a
rich source of complete protein, selenium and vitamin B-12.
Their soft pink flesh, however, is more moist and delicate than
that of many other species of tuna.
Albacore Tuna is seasonal, supply can be an issue for seafood
processors and retailers. To overcome this challenge, Irish
seafood companies like Shines Seafood have developed Shines
Irish Caught Tuna available nationwide in SuperValu and
in selected gourmet food stores and restaurants. John Shine,
Managing Director of Shines Tuna explains; I was
a fisherman for 20 years and I have lived in Killybegs, Co.
Donegal for the past 30 years. As a result, I am more familiar
with the variety of fish caught in our waters and Irish albacore
tuna is in my opinion Irelands best kept secret. The majority
of this delicious fish is exported to Spain and France so many
Irish people do not know what it looks or tastes like. We wanted
to change this so we developed a simple but tasty preserved
Irish tuna product using only the best albacore tuna from Castletownbere
with olive oil and salt. This allows us to sell this amazing
and highly nutritional product all year round. We have travelled
nationwide offering Irish customers tastings of our product
and the response has been extremely positive. However, customers
dont always believe me when I say it is Irish tuna! So
now the secret is out try Irish albacore tuna and taste
more information on Irelands Seafood Industry, please
see BIMs Business of Seafood report on www.bim.ie
charity walkers epic journey around Irish coast nears
young man who set off on a marathon journey nearly two years
ago this week, to walk the entire Irish and UK coastline to
raise funds for the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution),
is about to reach a major milestone. Alex Ellis-Roswell (23)
from Kent in England has crossed the border into Northern Ireland,
having set off over a year ago from Belfast to walk clockwise
around Ireland. He has now walked the entire coastline of the
Republic of Ireland and is currently finishing the last part
of his trek in Northern Ireland which will bring him back to
Belfast and complete his walk of Ireland.
the way Alex has raised over £23,000/€27,000 for
the RNLI in Ireland and the UK, as well as wearing out six pairs
of boots. He has relied on the kindness and hospitality of the
local people he has met on his travels walking the roads and
beaches with a rucksack on his back. Along the coastline he
has used the network of RNLI lifeboat stations as waypoints
to measure out his journey and to meet with the volunteers whose
life-saving work his funds are helping. The charity operates
45 lifeboat stations in Ireland.
young fundraiser started his Irish journey as he stepped off
the ferry in Belfast and headed clockwise along the county Down
coast, before crossing the border into Louth and continuing
along the east coast of Ireland. Christmas was spent on Sherkin
Island off West Cork before continuing along the south coast
and up west, which saw him come back on his journey as he weaved
back and forth along the jutting headlands. He does not skip
any of the coastline and tries wherever possible to stay close
to the sea. Along the way he has shared his adventures on social
media praising the hospitality of the Irish people and documenting
his struggles with the differing accents and the Irish weather.
mother Jackie flew over to spend mothers day with him
in Kerry and he has made many friends along the way. He set
out from home on his epic journey on 3 August 2014 and is about
to celebrate his second anniversary on the road. As he prepares
to bid farewell to Ireland there are plenty of memories that
both Alex and the people he has met will treasure.
on Alexs incredible fundraising initiative and journey
RNLI Community Fundraising Manager Nicola Kelly said, We
get a lot of wonderful people doing all sorts of incredible
things to raise funds and awareness for the work of the RNLI
in Ireland. This was certainly one of the most arduous and demanding
fundraising feats for the charity.
Alex nears the end of his Irish journey we want to wish him
well and to thank him for the funds raised for our lifeboat
crews and the awareness he has brought to the life-saving work
they carry out. Our lifeboat stations have been keeping an eye
out for him along the way to make sure he is safe and well and
the RNLI is very grateful to him for everything he has done.
We wish he well in his continuing journey.
learn about Alex Ellis-Roswell continuing journey as he completes
the circumference of the Irish coastline or to donate to the
RNLI on his fundraising page please follow the links below:
Nets 60,000 Visitors
than 60,000 visitors flocked to SeaFest, Irelands national
maritime festival, last weekend to enjoy an action-packed programme
centred on Galway Harbour.
from the SEAFEST 2016 at Galway Docks which saw thousands of
visitors explore ancient, modern and military ships along with
scientific ones with activities and Seafood in abundance Photo:
Andrew Downes XPOSURE
Peter Heffernan, CEO of the Marine Institute, was delighted
at the public response and at the enthusiasm for Irelands
marine heritage which underpinned the festivities. He said;
SeaFest is all about is increasing participation and engagement
with the sea, showcasing Irelands abundant maritime resources
and celebrating our proud maritime heritage. An initiative of
the inter-departmental Marine Coordination Group, SeaFest supports
the goals of Harnessing Our Wealth An Integrated Marine
Plan for Ireland in relation to engaging with the Sea. That
plan is ambitious and complex in its reach, but as the weekend
proved, everyone can identify with the core messages of appreciating,
enjoying and protecting this wonderful natural resource.
the crowds in Galway showed, the sea is a fantastic source of
fun and entertainment and we were thrilled to see so many people
locals and visitors alike join in the spirited
was a hugely ambitious venture and Galway rose to the challenge
of providing a fabulous weekend which both informed and entertained.
Id like to thank all the bodies involved in supporting
this venture, including Bord Iascaigh Mhara, Bord Bia, Commissioners
of Irish Lights, the Port of Galway, National University of
Ireland in Galway, the Department of Defence, the Irish Coastguard,
the RNLI, Galway City Council, and my colleagues at the Marine
and a special thank you to all those volunteers
who brought their enthusiasm, expertise and passion for the
sea to the project.
John Killeen, Chair of The Marine Institute, said; Were
extremely proud to be playing our part in the wider Harnessing
Our Ocean Wealth initiative, providing opportunities for
people of every age and interest to deepen their knowledge and
appreciation of the ocean, building on how we can each act to
protect our abundant maritime resources.
the benefits which flow from the sea are those which impact
positively on our tourism industry and I am happy to say at
SeaFest delivered handsomely in this respect. Our citys
vibrant hospitality sector greatly benefited from the influx
of people attracted by the high profile event and the harbour
provided the perfect focal point for family fun on and off the
water. I hope that many of those who came to visit us because
of the excitement of SeaFest will return at a later stage to
explore at their leisure.
the scene-stealing on the water excitement was the
spectacle of the Galway Hookers challenge for the Galway
Plate; the arrival of the gracious tall ship, The Phoenix, and
Frank Bölter sailing his quirky large scale origami paper
boat into the harbour in partnership with TULCA for Galway 2020.!
dry land, an array of seafaring attractions kept young and old
amused and intrigued
from Bord Iascaigh Mhara and Bord
Bias seafood extravaganza packed with great natural produce
and cookery demonstrations by celebrity chefs to tours of ocean-going
vessels and the Marine Institutes Our Wild Atlantic
What Lies Beneath marquee with its interactive
exhibits on marine life and creatures of the deep.
SeaFest also brought to the city a major focus on research and
the marine economy with a number of marine-related business
and research events taking place in the lead-up to the public
festivities. The third annual Our Ocean Wealth Conference
allowed speakers and delegates of national and international
status to delve more deeply into the theme of Innovating for
our Marine Future, exploring and strengthening Irelands
maritime heritage, economy and identity.
www.seafest.ie for more details. For more information on Harnessing
Our Ocean Wealth: An Integrated Marine plan for Ireland visit
our August issue this month:
Super Trawler Offences Detected One Conviction
a special investigation, Tom MacSweeney, Assistant Editor of
the Marine Times Newspaper has asked the Naval Service and the
Sea Fisheries Protection Authority a series of questions about
the inspections of Super Trawlers. Fishermen have
wanted to know how often these vessels were actually boarded
at sea and how many infringements were found or prosecutions
resulted. The Naval Service declined to respond directly to
the Marine Times. Its Press Office said the Navy had given its
response to this papers questions to the SFPA and there
would be a combined response. The answers indicate that just
two infringements were detected in the past two years and that
so far one prosecution and conviction has resulted.
Marine Industry Awards 2016
Marine Industry Awards 2016, in association with SeaFest, provide
a voice for the individuals and companies that play a significant
role in the growth and development of the industry in Ireland
while recognising the key functions within the industry that
promote growth and sustainability. On Thursday, June 30th at
the Radisson Blu Galway, over 400 leading marine industry professionals
were recognised and celebrated.
Straightjacket a Worry for Irish Fishermen
UKs departure from the EU will have some serious ramifications
for the Irish fishing industry on a number of levels such as
sharing and access arrangements, trade swaps and the Hague Preferences.
The UK along with Ireland have some of the most productive waters
in the world and jointly share around forty different fish stocks.
In future talks on sharing and access arrangements, questions
must be asked as to who is going to negotiate on behalf of Ireland
and on behalf of the UK?
the Government Prepared to Move the Naval Base from Cork Harbour?
Incinerator Cannot be an acceptable
situation for the necessary functioning of a fully operational
Naval Base. - Dept. of Defence
there a possibility that the Government would consider moving
Naval Base operational headquarters from Haulbowline Island
in Cork Harbour? Such a possibility should be dismissed out-of-hand
but the Taoiseach, who is also Minister for Defence and the
Junior Minister he appointed with Special Responsibility for
the Defence Forces, Paul Kehoe, have both stated that the
operational requirements of the Defence Forces will be reviewed
in the context of the planning decision about the Indaver
toxic waste incinerator which that company wants to build at
Ringaskiddy, adjacent to the Naval Base and which has been described
by the Department of Defence as having strategic implications
for the Navy.
reports and further reaction in our August issue out now!
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