Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) Announce Landmark National
Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), the Seafood Development Agency, have
announced an exceptional line up of speakers for the BIM
National Seafood Conference Global Insights, Irish Opportunity
event at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Galway on the 30th June.
This full day conference and networking event will launch the
annual Ocean Wealth and SeaFest events that take place in Galway
from the 1st 3rd July and brings together leading experts
and global representatives from the national and international
seafood and agri-business circuit, government and academia.
It offers delegates the opportunity to hear first-hand expert
analysis, on the thinking and the policies currently at the
forefront of seafood development worldwide.
Moderated by experienced broadcaster and author, Olivia OLeary;
delegates can expect to take away valuable business insights
from speakers including Mary Shelman, former Director of the
Agribusiness Programme in Harvard Business School, Malcolm Beveridge,
Head of Aquaculture, FAO Rome, Jean Jacques VandeHeede, AC Nielsen
Europe and Aidan ODriscoll, Secretary General of the Department
of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.
Tara McCarthy, Chief Executive of BIM said; As the global
demand for healthy protein continues to increase; seafood is
in a unique position. It delivers on every macro driver from
health, environment, and quality to convenience. This conference
is about creating the long term vision for our seafood industry.
It is an opportunity for all our stakeholders from fishermen
to processors to play an integral role in shaping the future
direction of the industry and that of their own company
The Conference programme covers presentations and discussions
on market intelligence, consumer thinking, the challenges facing
the global seafood supply and insight into potential synergies
within the Irish seafood sector, among other timely topics.
The afternoon programme offers a range of structured breakout
sessions that will facilitate dialogue on transforming knowledge
into action and finding workable solutions to todays pressing
challenges. The sessions will focus on the four key priorities
for the industry: Sustainability, Competitiveness, Innovation
and Skills. Each sector of the industry from fishermen to processors
to fish farmers will find a session that appeals and is relevant
to their business from Fishing profitably with zero discards,
Repositioning your company and products to maximise value,
Demonstrate sustainability or be locked-out and
Working in seafood - a career for life
After a busy and productive event, networking will continue
in the evening at the prestigious Maritime Industry Awards in
the hotel. The awards aim to recognise excellence across the
Maritime Industry and BIM are proud to support two new categories
this year the Seafood Sustainability Award
and Seafood Business Innovation Award. To enter
and/or attend the Maritime Industry Awards, please visit www.marineawards.ie
the deadline for entries is the 6th May.
Registration for the BIM National Seafood Conference is free
but early booking is advised as spaces are limited. To book
your place, please visit www.bim.ie or https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/the-bim-national-seafood-conference-2016-global-insights-irish-opportunity-registration-22454404729
it All at SeaFest
wave of excitement is about to break over Galway as the city
prepares to host SeaFest, Irelands major national maritime
festival, docking in the city over the action-packed weekend
of Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd July 2016. Following a successful
inaugural event in Cork last year, SeaFest is now firmly established
as an annual celebration of all things nautical, honouring Irelands
multi-faceted relationship with the sea.
Ahoy! Marking SeaFest 2016 coming to Galway, are Ruairí
(6) and Lilian (8) Quinlan Owens from Kinvara, and Ruairí
Sarma (7) from Ballinderreen, getting up close and personal
with curious crustaceans. Photo by Andrew Downes
SeaFests whats on page for the latest details as
they are added to the events programme of FREE activities,
times and locations. Join in the SeaFest fun on Facebook or
follow SeaFest on Twitter.
our June issue this month:
Points Problems Remain A Ticking Timebomb
What Will New Minister Do?
Points remain an unresolved issue as the new Minister
for the Marine, Mid Cork T.D., Michael Creed, settles into his
brief in the minority Government. Sources within the Department
of the Marine have confirmed that senior civil servants have
briefed Mr. Creed that he should continue to implement the existing
and disputed Statutory Instrument system. My sources also tell
me that there is concern that the Department is being perceived
as having an anti-fishing industry attitude with a number of
senior Department civil servants, determined not to admit they
could be wrong about Penalty Points. Political advisors fear
that this could create an impression that the minority Government
is anti-coastal at a sensitive time about rural issues.
and Minimisation to Escape Economic Collapse of European Fishing
four fish producer organisations have written to the Department
of Agriculture Food and the Marine (DAFM) to advise them that
they will not support the further phasing in of species into
the Landing Obligation for 2017. In their letter to DAFM, the
Producer Organisations said that avoidance and minimisation
through Technical Conservation Measures (TCMs), alternative
fisheries management practices and incentives is the way forward.
Anger and Frustration
dont know John OBrien of Inishbofin Island off Donegal.
I have never met him. I have never spoken to him. I have only
seen him and heard him on television. I admire what I have seen
and heard. A man of principle and principles are not easy to
hold onto when dealing with the craven deference of successive
Irish Governments to the EU. He has been profiled by French
film-maker Loie Jourdain in Turning Tide in the Life of
Man, which was made for TG4. Watching it I felt a mix
of emotions, anger, frustration, sorrow - read Tom MacSweeney's
'Forum' in our June issue.
Move Out of the Trenches
the last year in particular many of us, including myself, have
become embroiled in either defending or arguing against decisions
that have been made and which have serious impacts on our industry
and respective businesses. Throughout this and in the heat of
such difficulties, lenses become myopic, tempers frayed and
relationships damaged. If we were all to get along all of the
time none of us would be doing our jobs properly - says the
Chief Executive of the Irish Fish Producers Organisation,
Francis ODonnell, in his monthly column.
Can No Longer Hide Behind EU Law on Boating Regulations
Irish Government can no longer blame the EU for its contradictory
policies on boating regulations according to MEP Liadh Ní
Riada who has asked the Commission whether any EU laws or regulations
were to blame for the refusal by Irish authorities to license
small inshore fishing vessels for use as passenger boats during
reports and further reaction in our June issue out now!
Harbour - Co. Wexford
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