18th December

'Winning in a changing environment' - seafood conference 2017

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Ireland's marine minister, Michael Creed, will deliver the opening address at the 2017 BIM national seafood conference in Galway (June 29).

Minister Creed will outline his views on how his Department 'will ensure that seafood continues to play a vital role' in Ireland's agri-food sector, to maximise its contribution to economic growth and exports in an environmentally-sustainable manner.

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Former Bord Bia executive to head up seafood development agency

The board of BIM has appointed Jim O’Toole, former director of meat and livestock sustainability development, as its chief executive, who will bring to the position ‘a wealth of experience in global food marketing, sustainability development and change leadership’.

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 Prior to leadig Bord Bia’s 'Origin Green' initiative, Mr O’Toole was responsible for implementing the agency’s 'Quality Assurance Scheme', gaining experience working in London, Milan and Paris.

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Irish brown crab to reappear on Chinese market

Ireland’s crab trade into China is expected to resume next month following agreement on the certificates that will accompany consignments. Irish authority (SFPA) and Chinese authority (AQSIQ) have reached technical agreement on a methodology designed to resolve certification, based on a national monitoring programme of animals destined for the Chinese market.

Brown Crab agreement

Minister Michael Creed and Minister Zhi Shuping reach agreement to resume Irish brown crab exports to China

The SFPA will implement the monitoring, and apprise seafood exporters of the specific requirements attaching to consignments that in turn will be monitored on arrival by the Chinese authorities.

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Call for entries for 2018 BIM Young Fishmonger Awards

BIM, Ireland's seafood development agency, has launched a nationwide campaign to find the most talented and knowledgeable young fishmongers.

Entries are invited for the BIM Young Fishmonger Award, the BIM Seafood Retail Business Award for 2018, along with the BIM Seafood Retail Business Award  to pinpint Ireland's 'most progressive, professional and knowledgeable' retail businesses. 

BIM 2017 Young Fishmonger Eimantas Jean Yves prepping

Eimantas Zvirblis (left) winner of the 2017 BIM Young Fishmonger of the Year (Supermarket Seafood Specialist) and Jean Yves, chef at Donnybrook Fair, prepare and cook an alternative Easter Sunday lunch. Photo Paul Sherwood

Two awards: 'Supermarket Seafood Counter' and 'Independent Seafood Specialist' focuses on fishmongering skillsets and demand excellent seafood knowledge, strong technical preparation skills, coupled with 'outstanding customer service'.

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Sustainably sourced seafood behind West Cork product range

A west cork partnerhship has launched ready-to-eat fish cakes and pies made from responsibly sourced local fish.

Fresh Fish Deli

William Deasy, BIM; Monica Buckley, Fish Seafood Deli; Michael Keatinge, BIM and Peter Shanahan, Fish Seafood Deli, at Skipper expo 2017 

Monica Buckley (DC Fish) and Peter Shanahan (Fish Seafood Deli) are well recognised in the seafood sector. Last year, DC Fish was honoured as BIM 'Fishing Enterprise of the Year' and Peter Shanahan was a finalist in the BIM 'Young Fishmonger of the Year' competition.

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Efficiency guide for seafood processors

Methods for seafood processors to operate more sustainably are outlined in an Efficience Guide developed by BIM.

BIM effiency guide

(l) Donal Buckley,BIM; Donal O’Sullivan, Castletownbere Co-op and Sandra Hennessy, BIM; (r) Birgitta Curtin, Burren Smokehouse; Donal Buckley, Sandra Hennessy, BIM

The guide contains 'efishiency' tips and case studies relevant to the seafood sector, namely water usage; energy consumption; transport costs and waste management.

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