18th December

BIM Young Fishmonger 2017 short list is announced

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

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

BIM YFM 2017

"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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Major increase in salmon import prices

Against a backdrop of rising prices on the salmon market, the seafood develoment agancy, BIM, held an industry forum for 12 Irish seafood processors, to address volatility and difficult trading conditions. Over the past twelve months, the average fresh import price of salmon has increased by 23% and corresponding retail price by 3%. 

Salmon volatility workshop

"This is the most sustained price increase our processing sector has faced to date. As demand for salmon continues to grow but global production reaches saturation, our processors are losing margin on what is our most popular and valuable product, worth €92m in domestic sales alone," remarked Donal Buckley, Director of Business Development & Innovation.

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BIM launches inaugural seafood industry awards

The first ‘dedicated’ seafood awards, focussing on skills, sustainability, innovation and competitiveness, will celebrate the best fishermen, fish farmers, processors and retailers throughout Ireland’s seafood sector in an event organised by BIM.

 BIM Awards 2016 rev rgb

“The Irish seafood sector comprises some of the most interesting, innovative and driven people in business life. BIM is delighted to create an occasion to celebrate, highlight and promote the excellent people and enterprises working in this sector. I urge as many people as possible to apply and help us acknowledge the truly exceptional work undertaken in this vibrant industry,” remarked Tara McCarthy, BIM chief executive, announcing the call for entries.

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Seafood extravaganza at Seafest 2016

A two-day interactive showcase of all things seafood takes places in the Big Top on the Docks in Galway July 2-3, as part of Seafest 2016.

Hosted by BIM, Ireland's Sea Fisheries Board, this seafood experience explains how seafood is both caught and farmed, and how sustainability is vital to protecting stocks. The educational tour includes custom-built cinemas showing Tails from the Deep - a short movie giving an exclusive glimpse into the life of an Irish fisherman. And animated character, 'Professor O'Mara's Undersea Farm' will explain how Ireland's world famous oysers, mussels and salmon are farmed.

Seafest 2016

BIM's Seafood Experience at Seafest 2015

The daily event also includes live lobster v-notching demonstrations. In 2015, 30,000 lobsters were returned to sea under BIM's conservation programme. Participating fishermen are paid grant-aid to v-notch female lobsters and return the animals to the sea to breed.

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Wild Atlantic Way seafood trail

A dedicated seafood trail from Donegal town to Erris in Co Mayo involving five seafood producers and 14 seafood restaurants has joined the existing 'Bay coast' route from Erris to Galway Bay, involving six producers and 28 restaurants.

Taste the Atlantic

Pictured at the launch of Taste the Atlantic - a Seafood Journey in Drumcliff Bay, Sligo are some of the participating producers and restaurants

Taste the Atlantic - a Seafood Journey aims to educate visitors and Irish consumers how seafood is caught and farmed:

"The Wild Atlantic Way is the ideal platform to promote and celebrate the best of Irish seafood. BIM are particularly excited about this new route as it focuses on our less well known but exceptional fish and shellfish farmers who expertly cultivate premium oysters, abalone, mussels and Irish organic salmon," remarked Tara McCarthy, BIM chief executive, at the launch in Lissadell House, Sligo.

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Nigeria is premier 'third country' destination for Irish seafood

Over 49,000 tonnes of fish were exported from Ireland to Third (non-EU) countries in 2015 according the Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA). Nigeria remains the highest importer, accounting for 46% of  these exports, followed by China, Cameroon, Ghana and Benin.

The data are taken from health certificates issued by the SFPA who are responsible for enforcing the State’s sea-fisheries and seafood safety laws. All consignments of fish and fish products manufactured, processed or packaged in Ireland for export to Third Countries generally must be accompanied by an SFPA health cert and contain details regarding their origin and traceability. This information is critical for providing confidence in product safety and protecting consumer health. SFPA Health Certs FINAL

Exports to Third Countries decreased during 2015 compared with 2014 (56,068 tonnes), mainly due to the closure of the Russian market. Other markets remained buoyant however, with many including Nigeria, Cameroon, Ghana and Benin, increasing their volume of imports.

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