19th March

Record Irish presence at Chinese Seafood Expo

Eleven Irish seafood companies are exhibiting on the Irish Pavilion organised by Bord Bia at China Seafood & Fisheries Expo, Qingdao, (5-7/11) before an expected 25,000 buyers from over 100 countries.

Speaking at the event, Ireland’s Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney, said that Ireland had some of the finest seafood worldwide, which was sustainably harvested from pure clean waters.


Minister Simon Coveney (right) with Chan Shi and Cathal King, Kings of Connemara

“Business development and trade show events such as these are invaluable in building awareness of our high quality produce to an influential, targeted trade audience. China continues to be a growing market for Irish seafood, with exports increasing by over 300% since 2011 to reach €18m in 2013.”

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Seaweed conference update

BIM seaweed conf 2

Announcing the details of Farmed Irish Seaweed: An Ocean Wonder Food?, Donal Maguire, Director of Aquaculture Development Services with BIM said the line-up should appeal to both scientific and commercial audiences:

"The day-long conference will offer delegates an opportunity to hear the latest findings and expert opinion and analysis on how Ireland can best drive forward its own budding farmed seaweed sector."

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Beara Seafoods scoops Seafood Innovation Award

A West Cork seafood company is the 2014 winner of the Seafood Innovation Award which was presented at the recent Blas na hÉireann National Irish Food Awards. Beara Seafoods also received silver in the prepared shellfish category for the 'innovative pre-packed mussel bites', according to sponsors, BIM.


Paul Ward (BIM); Ger, Helen and Marian Lynch (Beara Seafoods); Katie Healy and Aileen Deasy (BIM)

The sustainably grown Irish rope mussels are removed from their shells, flavoured with garlic and rolled in multigrain crumb and can be freezer stored for up to eight months.

"Battling the recession has been difficult for all companies - and the mussel industry is no different. I knew there was an opportunity for us to add value to our mussels and to develop a product that could demand a higher price on the market," explained Ger Lynch, fifth generation fisherman and company managing director.

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Castletownbere shellfish company chosen as InterTrade Business Ambassador

Castletownbere company, Shellfish Ireland, is the latest InterTradeIreland business ambassador, announced at a ceremony in Áras an Uachtaráin on Wednesday.

President Michael D Higgins as well as Minister for Enterprise, Jobs and Innovation, Richard Bruton, attended events in both the Mansion House and Áras an Uachtaráin to unveil the new business ambassadors.


Richard Murphy and Gearóid O'Rourke, Shellfish Ireland with President Higgins in Áras an Uachtaráin

To develop new markets in Northern Ireland, Shellfish Ireland approached InterTradeIreland and through the Acumen programme, received support to take on a sales and marketing graduate.

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Sally McKenna to speak at BIM seaweed conference

Seaweed specialist and food writer Sally McKenna is confirmed as a key speaker at the November conference and interactive forum: Farmed Irish Seaweed: an Ocean of Wonder Food?  A line-up of national and international speakers and commentators from science and food disciplines will explore Ireland's potential to farm seaweed for the Irish and global seafood market.

Sally McKenna

"Ireland is perfectly placed to help satisfy the huge demand for seaweed. Its clean waters, latitude and position make it hospitable to marine plants that love both warm and cold water, sheltered bays or exposured surf. Our coastline is perfect  for growing seaweed," remarked Sally McKenna.

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Young fishmonger 2015

Five young fishmongers from counties Louth, Dublin and Westmeath have been shortlisted for the title of BIM Young Fishmonger 2015, to be announced on November 24 in Dublin.

The competition aims to recognise and reward young fishmongers and by so doing, 'raise the bar' in terms of product kinowledge and skills. Each finalist will receive a master class in seafood cookery from TV chef and owner of Fishy Fishy restaurant in Kinsale, Martin Shanahan.

Fishy Fishy

Martin Shanahan outside Fishy Fishy, Kinsale, Co Cork.                                                     Photo Gillian Mills

Judging is now underway to assess their seafood knowledge; understanding of quality issues; skills; techniques and customer service. The finalists will also be tested on their practical skills, by filleting and preparing a range of fish and shellfish in a time limit at the agency's seafood development centre in Clonakilty, Co Cork.

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