23rd March

Next generation encouraged to pursue seafood career

BIM, Ireland’s seafood development agency, has launched a social media campaign calling on young people to consider the sector as a viable career option. Significant potential of the ‘blue economy’, most notably the rising demand for Irish seafood, was highlighted at Seafest 2015 (July 9-10) in Ringaskiddy which attracted over 10,000 visitors to the purpose-built venue located at the National Maritime College of Ireland.

BIM Careers RD Jane Kenned

Video 1: Jane Kennedy, research & development manager, Keoghane's Seafood

Using video profiles of five industry people, the campaign features an oyster farmer; seafood technologist; marine engineer; skipper and research/development manager.

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'Food from the Sea' attracts strong speaker lineup

A breakout session at Our Ocean Conference (July 10) will discuss the potential for Ireland's seafood industry to expand as a significant quality-led player on new global markets. The day begins with a keynote address from Simon Coveney, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, followed by presentations from international marine experts and commentators. 

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Organised by BIM, the seafood development agency, the afternoon session will address key challenges facing Ireland's seaafood sector including, abilty to expand the raw material base; urgency to develop scale, and growing businesses that are 'simultaneously sustainable and economically viable'.

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Food from the sea on the platter of a major maritime festival

Bord Bia, the Irish Food Board and BIM, Ireland’s Seafood Development Agency, will be showcasing the best of Irish seafood at SeaFest 2015 Maritime Festival in Ringaskiddy, Co Cork on July 11.

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The best of Irish seafood to showcase at Seafest 2015, Ringaskiddy, Co Cork, July 11

The family fun event follows the maritime conference Our Ocean Wealth the previous day, which is set to attract upwards of 500 delegates to explore the potential of Ireland's marine sector.

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Chief executive designate for Ireland's seafood development agency

Tara McCarthy, currently Director of the Food and Beverages division of Bord Bia, has been appointed chief executive of BIM, with effect from September 2015 for a five-year term.

Tara McCarthy, designate CEO, BIM

Tara McCarthy, chief executive designate, BIM

A Batchelor of Commerce graduate with an MBS in marketing, Ms McCarthy has been responsible for developing the food export board's seafood, dairy, prepared foods, alcohol and small business sectors.

As a contributor to government's Food Harvest 2020 and 2025 reports, Ms McCarthy has delivered key initiatives for Bord Bia and the Irish food industry under the Pathways for Growth programme.

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Irish company takes 'Oscar' at prestigous seafood expo

Irish Atlantic Seafood Company (iASC) are winners of the 2015 Priz d'Elite for Europe's best 'seafood product line', and earn the accolade as the first Irish company to take the award.

The Cork-based company scooped the top prize for its Something Fishy range which enhances fish dishes with shellfish protein combined with Irish butter, seafood and seasoning to produce a 'umami' or savour taste.

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Tara McCarthy, Bord Bia: Colin Ross and James Grimes, iASC and Ambassador Eamon MacAodha, Irish Ambassador to Belgium

The product was developed and tested at BIM's Seafood Development Centre in Co Cork which provides expertise and support to help seafood companies bring their fish products to market.

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Seafood industry urged to embrace ambition and innovation

Ireland's seafood industry could be generating €2 billion a year in total revenues and supporting up to 11,000 jobs by 2025 - but only if it develops critical mass and scale; implements innovation and succeeds in attracting new talent, a conference of seafood leaders and investors heard recently.

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Addressing the BIM-organised Leadership and Scale conference, Eddie Power of Green Isle Foods said that such optimistic predictions were "realistic and achievable. All that's necessary is amibition and the will to do it."

Donal Buckley, BIM; Vincent Carton, Manor Farm Poultry; David McWilliams, event chairman and Eddie Power, Green Isle Foods

Full story see June/July issue from May 30

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