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

The industry contributes about €700 million annually to national income and employs 11,000 people, mainly in coastal counties from Donegal to Louth.

Plans for the Industry

Watch this video to find out more about how important the Irish Seafood Sector is to the Irish economy.

Facts & Figures

Get the top line figures on the Irish Seafood Industry in our Seafood Industry Fact Sheet 2015 (pdf 549Kb) 

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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