18th December

A passion for seafood for BIM young fishmonger of the year

George Stephens, The Fish Market, Blanchardstown, Co Dublin, is the overall winner of the BIM ‘Young Fishmonger 2016’ competition.

BIM Young Fishmonger

George Stephens, The Fish Market, Blanchardstown, Co Dublin with Tara McCarthy, BIM chief executive and Martin Shanahan, Fishy Fishy, Kinsale, Co Cork

Speaking at the awards dinner in Martin Shanahan’s Fishy, Fishy in Kinsale, Co Cork, Tara McCarthy, BIM chief executive said the award was more than just an accolade:

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Cork school named 'Something fishy' winners 2015

Fifth and sixth class students from St Mary's Senior School, Dunmanway, Co Cork, have been crowned national winners of the Inland Fisheries Ireland Something Fishy competition. 

Something fishy competition 2015

Jim Daly TD and Noel Harrington TD present the perpetual Something Fishy award to St Mary's Senior School

The students received the award and a €700 prize for their project, The Wonderful Water Kids Show, comprising a digital and artistic video interpretation of this year's themes, 'Water a Precious Commodity' and 'Water Quality and the Environment'. School Principal, Mairead Twohig, accepted the award  on behalf of the students.

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BIM Young Fishmonger 2016 finalists announced

Five young fishmongers from counties Cork, Dublin, Galway and Kerry, have been shortlisted for the BIM Fishmonger 2016 Competition, which aims to recognise and reward emerging fishmongers on their product knowledge and skills. 

BIM 2016 fishmongers

Finalists: George Stephens, Stephen Fagan, Lida Ulaszek, Eoghan Crowe and Peter Shanahan

The competition is supported by seafood chef and TV personality, Martin Shanahan, who will give a maserclass in seafood cookery to the finalists. Beforehand they will be assessed by the judges on their knowledge, quality issues, techniques and customer service.

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SFPA launches new three-year strategy

The Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority has launched its new strategy which sets out key priorities for regulating the State's sea-fisheries and seafood sectors until 2017. The sectors, which employ over 11,000 people, are worth an estimated €850m annually to the Irish economy.

SFPA strategy

Minister Simon Coveney and Susan Steele, SFPA chair, launch the Authority's new 3-year strategy

The independent regulator enforces the EU Common Fisheries Policy, along with sea-fisheries and food safety law relating to fish and fishery products. Its mandate covers all fishing vessels operating within Ireland’s 200 mile limit; over 2,114 Irish registered fishing vessels wherever they operate and all seafood produced in Ireland’s 170 seafood processing companies.

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Seafood trail on the Wild Atlantic Way

Ireland's seafood development agency and tourism agency have joined forces to create a dedicated seafood trail on the Wild Atantic Way. Initally focussing on a stretch from Ennis, Co Mayo to Connemara and Galway Bay, Taste the Atlantic - a Seafood Journey, gives visitors a real appreciation of the quality of Irish seafood and a key understanding of how seafood is caught and farmed.

BIM WAW

Mike Kelly, Kelly’s Oysters; Padraic Gannon, Croagh Patrick Seafoods; Tomas McDonagh, McDonagh’s restaurant, Galway; Seamus McCruddin, Padraicins; Alex Goor, Killary Fjord Cruises & Port Finn Lodge; Ronnie Counihan, Renvyle House Hotel; Fergus O’Halloran, The Twelve Hotel; Seamus Commons, Executive Chef, Knockranny House Hotel; Graham Roberts, Connemara Smokehouse; Ian Mannix, BIM; Pascal Marinot, Chef, Delphi Lodge; Mike Burke, Pier Head; Nicolas O’Dowd, O’Dowd’s Restaurant; Richard Donnelly, BIM; Kate O’Connor Kennedy, Killary Fjord Shellish; Catherine Nee, Marty’s Fresh Shellfish; Mick Wade, Delphi Lodge; Sinead Hennessy, Failte Ireland

"Irish seafood enjoys an excellent reputation on our international markets, and the opportunity to link with Failte Ireland to further promote the provenance and quality of our seafood on the WAW is an obvious one," remarked Michael Keatinge, BIM's interim CEO. Irish seafood sales are expected to reach €1.5bn by 2025.

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'Gold Standard' awarded to west coast seafood producer

Carr & Sons Seafood Ltd has achieved 'Grade A' accreditation with the British Retail Consortium which has awarded the company with independent confirmation of the rigorous standards adhered to throughout the entire supply chain at its Killala plant. Certification also recognises investment in implementing best practice procedures throughout the production process.

Carr Sons Seafood Grade A certification

"We're delighted to have attained the BRC 'A' Grade certification which reflects the commitment of every single person throughout the company," remarked Maureen Forde, Quality Control Manager

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