17th December

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.

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(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.

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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.

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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'.

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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.

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'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.'

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Martin Howley receives posthumous Lifetime Achievement Award

Thirty-eight finalists shortlisted across Skills, Sustainability, Innovation and Competitiveness categories were recognised at the inaugural BIM National Seafood Awards in Dublin (17/11).

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Twelve winners received awards for their ‘outstanding contributions to the fishing, fish farming, seafood processing and retail sectors’ at the ceremony officially opened by Michael Creed, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine.

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Irish seafood exports to China up 18%

Exports of Irish seafood to China and Hong Kong rose by 18% valued in excess of €15m in the first six months of 2016. Total exports to these regions in 2015 were close to €29m.

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James O'Donnell, Bord Bia; Paul Kavanagh, Irish Ambassador to China and Fan Xubing, Beijing Seabridge Co Ltd

Bord Bia and15 Irish seafood companies are showcasing on the Origin Green pavilion at the biggest seafood fair in Asia, China Seafood and Fisheries Expo, which featuers over 1,300 companies from 45 countries in 22 national pavilions and an expected 29,000 visitors. 

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Aquaculture Enterprise of the Year

Finalists in the inaugural BIM National Seafood Awards on November 17 have been judged in four categories: Competitiveness, Skills, Sustainability and Innovation. The 'Aquaculture Enterprise of the Year' category is in the 'Competitiveness' section and will honour a leading aquaculture company that has shown leadership and innovation in an aspect of the sector.

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The three finalists are: Kush Seafarms, Kenmare; Dungarvan Shellfish, Dungarvan and Wild Atlantic Shellfish, Lissadell, Sligo.

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