19th July

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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Oyster farming along the northwest coast

An exhibition showcasing oyster farming in the northwest has opened at Lissadel House, Sligo, where the tradition goes back to the 1850s. 

'Taste the Atlantic - a Seafood Journey, follows the 'Surf Coast' route of Taste the Atlantic launched in June - a dedicated seafood trail developed by BIM and Failte Ireland.

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Richard Donnelly, BIM; Tom Conneely, Failte Ireland, Constance Cassidy, Lissadell House and Charlie Kelly, Wild Atlantic Shellfish 

From Donegal town to Erris in Co Mayo, the trail aims to educate visitors how seafood is caught and farmed. Five seafood producers and 14 seafood restaurants join six producers and 28 restaurants of the 'Bay coast' route from Erris to Galway Bay.

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Tara McCarthy appointed CEO of Bord Bia

Tara McCarthy has been appointed to succeed Aian Cotter, chief executive of Bord Bia who retires at the end of 2016.

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Announcing the appointment, Michael Creed, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, said Ms McCarthy would bring a "wealth of domestic and international experience to her new role" at a very important juncture in the agri-food industry during this period of "challenge and transition".

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BIM Young Fishmonger 2017 short list is announced

Eight fishmongers from independent speciality outlets and supermarket counters will compete for the titles of 'Independent Seafood Counter of the Year' and Supermarket Seafood Counter of the Year', as part of the BIM Young Fishermonger 2017 awards.

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Alona Dutchak, Dunnes Stores Limerick; Philip Fitzsimons, Fitzsimons Family Fishmongers, Crumlin, Dublin 12; Anne Stephens, The Fish Market, Maynooth, Co Dublin; Peter Roberts, Roberts of Dalkey, Co Dublin; Katarina Curmova, Dunnes Stores, Longford; Eimantas Zvirblis, Donnybook Fair, Malahide, Co Dublin; Anthony Murray, Dunnes Stores, Terryland, Galway and Stephen Hurley, The Fish Shop, Union Hall, Co Cork

Explaining the motivation behind the annual competition, Tara McCarthy, BIM chief executive said the skills of the seafood industry need to be celebrated:

"The competition highlights one of the stalwarts of the retail sector - your fishmonger. It is designed to reward and recognise talent, but also to encourage and train new entrants into a sector that has experienced a noticeable revitalisation in recent years."

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Blas na hEireann southeast 'seafood' winner

Atlantis Seafoods, a family-run business close to the fishing port of Kilmore Quay, Co. Wexford, are the 2016 recipients of the Blas na hEireann ‘Seafood Innovation Award’ sponsored by BIM.

The company received the award for their Kilmore Quay haddock goujons, developed to meet a growing consumer demand for fresh local and convenient seafood that is easy to cook and is gluten free.

Blas na hEireann Atlantis Seafoods

Michael Creed, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine; John Kenny, Atlantis Seafoods; Paul Ward, SDC and Artie Clifford, Blas na hEireann chairman

"We’re absolutely thrilled to win the Seafood Innovation Award. We have worked closely with BIM in their Seafood Development Centre in Clonakilty and the expertise and assistance from their team has been instrumental in the success of our new Kilmore Quay range,” remarked John Kenny, managing director.

The company identified a gap in the retail market for fresh (not frozen) convenient, gluten-free and locally-sourced seafood.

Read more: Blas na hEireann southeast 'seafood' winner

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