17th July

National seafood awards master of ceremonies

Des Cahill, renowned Irish sports broadcaster, will oversee proceedings of the National Seafood Awards in Dublin on November 17.

Organised by BIM, these inaugural awards will celebrate Ireland's €1bn seafood industry, and recognise excellence across the fishing, fish farming, seafood processing and retail sectors in areas of skills, sustainability, innovation and competitiveness.


Joe O’Flynn, Director of AgriFood Business and chairman of the judging panel; Des Cahill, Irish sports broadcaster and Tara McCarthy, BIM’s Chief Executive

Outlining the rationale behind the event, the seafood agency's chief executive Tara McCarthy said the awards have been developed to recognise an industry that is the cornerstone of coastal communities and is an integral part of the agri-food portfolio.

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Oriel products awarded protected designation status

Salt and minerals harvested from the Port of Oriel in Co Louth have been added to the register of Protected Designations of Origin (PDO). 

Oriel Sea Salt and Oriel Sea Minerals join the list of recognised and protected EU food names with a unique link to a particular locality, in terms of quality, characteristics and tradition.

Oriel Sea Salt

Congratulating the directors Brian Fitzpatrick and John Delany, marine minister Michael Creed said this was "great news for the producers. The Oriel Sea Salt and Oriel Sea Minerals names will enjoy the same protection recognition as Imokilly Regato PDO, Connemara Hill Lamb PGI and the Waterford Blaa/Blaa PGI."

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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 revised 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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