Ireland’s natural resource based seafood industry provides an important source of economic activity in our remote coastal regions. It provides jobs on fishing vessels, on fish farms, in processing operations, in distribution and marketing seafood at home and to export markets and in a large number of smaller ancillary companies that provide services to the mainstream industry operators.

Industry Overview

In 2017, the GDP of the Irish seafood sector was estimated at 1.15billion, representing a 6.4% year on year increase. More than 14,000 men and women are employed in Ireland’s seafood sector, many of whom work and live in rural coastal communities throughout Ireland.

Plans for the Industry

Development of Irelands seafood industry is funded under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund 2014-2020 visit

Facts & Figures

Get the latest top line figures on the Irish Seafood Industry in our Business of Seafood 2017 (pdf 11,300Kb) report.

Seafood Categories

Learn about the main commercial seafood categories by visiting our dedicates sites for pelagic, Dublin Bay Prawn and brown crab

Species Directory

View illustrations of the main fish species, as well as scientific and commercial information on the species.


Find a Processor

Use our industry directory to find Irish seafood processors.


Careers in Industry

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