15th October

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'.

Read more: Call for entries for 2018 BIM Young Fishmonger Awards

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.

Read more: Efficiency guide for seafood processors

Seafood company scoops top 'green' awards

Castletownbere Fishermen's Cooperative Society has won the top accolade, 'Green Business of the Year' at the Green Awards 2017, ahead of stiff competition from Flavahan's; Kerry Group and Glanbia.

Seafood Green Award 2017

(left) Green Business of Year Award: Bernie Kiely, Dept of Environment, Heritage and Local Government presents award to Donal O'Sullivan and Coop team; Green Seafood Business Award: Donal Buckley (right) presents award to Donal O'Sullivan

Based at Dinish Island, West Cork, the Coop was also honoured with the 'Green Seafood Business Award', sponsored by BIM. Working with the State agency, the Coop has cut its electricity usage by 3.5% and waste to landfill by 36%, despite a production increase of nearly 400 tonnes.

Read more: Seafood company scoops top 'green' awards

Seafood companies shortlisted in 2017 Green Awards

Four Irish seafood companies have been shortlisted in the '2017 Green Awards' that recognise excellence and best green practice.

Green Awards 2017 Sponsor L

Organised by Event Strategies, the finalists in the 'Green Seafood Business Award' category sponsored by BIM, were nominated for their 'outstanding efforts to improve their local environment imprint through reduced energy, water consumption and waste prevention management'.

Read more: Seafood companies shortlisted in 2017 Green Awards

BIM 'new identity' reflects multifaceted industry

BIM's new brand identity unveiled at their inaugural national seafood awards, reflects four key priorities of skills, sustainability, innovation and competitiveness.

BIM new logo

'It is consistent with our vision for Ireland to become the international leader in high value differentiated seafood products that satisfy growing domestic and international demand for nutritious, safe and resonsibly and sustainably produced food.'

Read more: BIM 'new identity' reflects multifaceted industry

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