19th January

Irish seafood nets overseas markets

SFPA exports 2016Almost 42,000 tonnes of Irish seafood, representing 26 different species, were exported to 46 countries outside the EU during 2016, according to new figures published by the Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA), Ireland’s independent State agency responsible for regulating sea-fisheries and the seafood production sectors.

Three countries - China, Nigeria and Egypt - accounted for almost 54% of total exports. Congo, Japan, Ukraine and Vietnam also featured among Ireland’s top ten non-EU export markets.

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Mussel power on Ireland's seafood journey trail

A new visitor attraction on Ireland’s south coast showcases Irish rope-grown mussels and tells the story of an industry that began in the early 1970s and is now valued in excess of €6m.

Supported by BIM and Fáilte Ireland, the Mussel House is part of the BIM ‘Taste the Atlantic – a Seafood Journey’ trail and is located on Kilmackilogue Pier, overlooking Kenmare Bay. Today, a modern and sustainable rope-grown mussel industry produces almost 10,000 tonnes of product a year, grown on special long lines for the domestic and export markets.

Taste the Atlantic Mussel House

Marie Healy, Project Officer, Wild Atlantic Way, Failte Ireland; Jim O’Toole, BIM CEO; Angela and Carl Daly of Kenmare Seafoods celebrate the launch of ‘The Mussel House’ 

The trail is designed to highlight, inform and build an appreciation for Irish seafood producers along the Wild Atlantic Way, remarked Jim O’Toole, BIM chief executive.

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Learning from the best at Rick Stein's Cookery School

Part of the prize for winning the '2017 BIM Young Fishmonger of the Year award' was a two-day course at Rick Stein's Cookery School in Padstow, Cornwall.

BIM young fishmonger Stein

Sam Beech, chef lecturer; Eimantas Zvirblis, Donnybook Fair Malahide; Stephen Hurley, The Fish Shop, Glenmar Shellfish Union Hall, Co Cork; chef lecturer Aarran Lightholder, and cookery school assistant, Philip Taylor

Eiimantas Zvirblis, Donnybrook Fair Malahide and Stephen Hurley, The Fish Shop, Glenmar Shellfish, Union Hall, Co Cork last week attended a 'Fish and Shellfish' course where they discovered how to use the freshest seafood to create some of Rick Stein's favourite dishes.

Online marketing to reach China's 1.5bn consumers

BIM 2017 conference

Over 35% of the world's seafood production is consumed by China's 1.5 billion population whose average per capita consumption is set to rise to 39kg by 2020.

From 2006-2011, added-value seafood sales rose by almost 9% and online seafood sales are predicted to increase by up to 300% (2016 & 2017) of which 80-90% from the frozen category, according to Bord Bia, Ireland's Food Board.  

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National Seafood Conference 2017

BIM 2017 conference

International experts in skills, sustainability, innovation and competitiveness, are among a line-up of speakers for the BIM National Seafood Conference on June 29 in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Galway.

Winning in a Changing Environment wil be officially opened by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, moderated by Gavin Duffy of RTE’s Dragon’s Den.

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A 'dragon' to chair national seafood conference

Communications expert and entrepreneur with 'Dragons' Den' fame, Gavin Duffy, is to moderate the BIM 2017 seafood conference, Winning in a Changing EnvironmentJune 29, Galway.

2017 BIM conf Duffy

His experience as a 'skilled conference moderator' will greatly enhance the effective delivery of a busy conference programme 'and a more interactive delegate experience'.

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