2018 is an exciting time for Ireland's seafood industry as emerging technologies and a desire to innovate and drive a whole new realm of possibilities for professionals in the sector. From new products and services to social innovation and environmental stewardship, turning ideas into results takes courage and vision - both traits that are certainly worth celebrating.

The National Seafood Awards 2018 recognises the outstanding achievements of seafood industry leaders across Ireland in four overarching categories based on BIM’s main strategic priorities: Innovation, Sustainability, Competitiveness and Skills.

The people and businesses that have gone above and beyond to support and progress the Irish seafood industry in 2018 are set to be celebrated this 27 November at the National Seafood Awards 2018.

The shortlist of 37 finalists for the awards has now been announced. Learn more about the award categories below, and be sure to see who’s in the running for the top prizes by checking out the shortlist.

Innovation

BIM is working to assist fleets, farms and factories to develop new and smarter ways of doing business.

  • MFV Sean Og, Co. Dublin
  • MFV Ocean Breeze, Co. Galway
  • Galway Bay Inshore Fishermen's Association (GBIFA), Co. Galway
  • Moyasta Oysters Ltd., Co. Clare
  • Wild Atlantic Shellfish Ltd., Co. Sligo
  • Marine Harvest Ireland, Co. Donegal
  • Connemara Food Ventures, Co. Galway
  • The Fresh Fish Deli, Co. Cork
  • Ocean Veg Ireland Ltd., Co. Antrim

Sustainability

Bord Iascaigh Mhara is working to establish and drive a range of effective approaches to differentiate Irish seafood products from key competitors based on the demonstration of their keen environmental credentials and provenance.

  • MFV Emma Lou T450, Co. Kerry
  • Galway Bay Inshore Fishermen's Association, Co. Galway
  • Tralee Oyster Fisheries Society Ltd., Co. Kerry
  • Marine Harvest Ireland, Co. Donegal
  • Mulroy Bay Mussels Ltd., Co. Donegal
  • Sliogeisc Na Rossan T/A Irish Premium Oysters, Co. Donegal
  • Morgans Fine Fish, Co. Louth
  • Proiseail (An Clochan Liath) Teo T/A Irish Fish Canners, Co. Donegal
  • Connemara Seafoods, Co. Mayo

Competitiveness

Bord Iascaigh Mhara is committed to expertise on national, regional and global seafood economic trends, and to sharing them with the broader sector.

  • McBride Fishing Company Ltd., Co. Donegal
  • Damien Turner Fisheries Ltd., Co. Cork
  • The Fish Box/Flannery's Seafood Bar, Co. Kerry
  • Marine Harvest Ireland, Co. Donegal
  • Mulroy Bay Mussels Ltd., Co. Donegal
  • Bells Isle Seafoods Ltd., Co. Donegal
  • Keohane Seafoods Ltd., Co. Cork
  • Oceanpath Dunn's of Dublin, Co. Dublin
  • Quinlan's Seafood/Kerry Fish UC, Co. Kerry
  • Dunnes Stores Cornelscourt, Co. Dublin
  • Dunnes Stores Swords, Co. Dublin
  • Garveys Supervalu Corbally, Co. Limerick
  • The Fish Market, Co. Westmeath
  • The Good Fish Company, Co. Cork
  • Galway Bay Seafoods Ltd., Co. Galway

Skills

The delivery of a structured career path through the provision of lifelong, accredited learning will help to create a professional, educated talent pool for the seafood sector in Ireland.

A Student of the Year will be presented under the Skills category on the night.

A Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented under the Skills category on the night.