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BIM announce 'Taste the Atlantic' seafood trail as headline partner to Joan Mulloy Team-Ireland Challenge

Released: 9 March 2018

Mayo sailor, first Irish female to compete in Solitaire Du Figaro race

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Bord Iascaigh Mhara to increase visibility of Women in Ireland's Seafood Industry

Released: 6 March 2018

Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), Ireland’s Seafood Development Agency, today, 6th March 2018, launched a promotional campaign to profile the important role women play in Ireland’s Seafood Sector.

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Burren Smokehouse recognised for sustainable sourcing and practices at Annual Green Awards

Released: 21 February 2018

The Burren Smokehouse in Co. Clare has been recognised as ‘Green Seafood Business of the Year’ at the annual Green Awards that took place in Dublin last night.

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'Greening your Seafood Business' - How to save running costs and care for the environment

Released: 20 December 2017

BIM, Ireland’s Seafood Development Agency, sees a key opportunity for the Irish seafood industry to enhance its credentials as a clean, green and sustainable sector.

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Dunmore East Fishermen tackle marine litter through EU recognised 'Fishing for Litter' Proggramme

Released: 29 November 2017

The busy and vibrant fishing port of Dunmore East in County Waterford is now the 9th fishing port to participate in the Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) Fishing for Litter programme.

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Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) partners with Bangor University as part of BlueFish Project

Released: 20 November 2017

€5.5 million in EU funding will help support of aquaculture in the Irish Sea

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Ireland's best seafood retailers are honoured at BIM Awards ceremony

Released: 17 November 2017

Anne Stephens crowned the first female winner of the BIM Young Fishmonger competition

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BIM hosts the annual Global Outlook for Aquaculture Leadership (GOAL) Conference

Released: 10 November 2017

BIM strengthens of its sustainable aquaculture standard - CQA

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Bord Iascaigh Mhara joins other EU coastal states to address Brexit concerns

Released: 1 November 2017

Ireland’s Seafood Development Agency, Bord Iascaigh Mhara, joined representatives from EU coastal states to emphasise the importance of fisheries in Brexit negotiations.

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Bord Iascaigh Mhara launches new R&D fund at Europe's largest gathering of seafood experts

Released: 11 October 2017

Bord Iascaigh Mhara, Ireland’s Seafood Development Agency, has launched a new Research and Development fund to support Irish companies’ innovation in the seafood sector and help grow the €850million industry in line with stated Government targets.

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Further commitment made by Erris Inshore Fishermen's Association to tackle marine litter

Released: 10 October 2017

Local group sign up to Bord Iascaigh Mhara’s voluntary national programme in a bid to better the north Mayo coast

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Dingle/Daingean Uí Chúis becomes the 8th Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) Fishing For Litter port to join national network

Released: 9 October 2017

Dingle/Daingean Uí Chúis has become the 8th BIM Fishing For Litter port to join the national network. Local fishmermen have worked together with BIM to address the marine litter issue in an attempt to decrease the levels of marine debris and further enhance Dingle’s status as a popular tourist destination. The announcement comes as the European ‘Our Ocean’ conference begins in Malta, with one of the key themes discussing marine litter.

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Kilkenny based Goatsbridge Trout Farm wins 'Seafood Innovation Award' at the Annual Blas na hÉireann Awards

Released: 4 October 2017

Goatsbridge Trout Farm have won this year’s Seafood Innovation Award at the Annual Blas na hÉireann awards ceremony in Dingle, Co Kerry and will receive €4,000 worth of assistance from Bord Iascaigh Mhara and a cheque for €1,000.

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BIM offers Aquaculture Research to Industry Operators to support further development

Released: 29 September 2017

Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), Ireland’s Seafood Development Agency, has confirmed that the scientific research and data which the agency compiled when identifying an organic salmon farm site off the coast of Inishturk Island, Co Mayo will be offered to aquaculture operators to pursue an application for an aquaculture licence for the site.

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Final phase of judging concludes at inaugural BIM Seafood Retail Business Award

Released: 29 September 2017

Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), the Seafood Development Agency has concluded the final phase of judging  for the inaugural Seafood Retail Business Award 2018. Winners will receive prize worth €15,000.

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New visitor attraction overlooking Kenmare Bay to celebrate Ireland's mussel industry

Released: 12 September 2017

BIM launch the ‘The Mussel House’ as part of ‘Taste the Atlantic- a Seafood Journey

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Eight Talented Fishmongers to Compete for BIM Young Fishmonger 2018 Awards!

Released: 4 September 2017

Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), the Seafood Development Agency, is delighted to announce the shortlist for the BIM Young Fishmonger 2018 awards.

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Women in Ireland's Seafood Industry Gather to Discuss the Establishment of Professional Networking Forum

Released: 28 August 2017

Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), Ireland’s Seafood Development Agency hosted a networking event in the Radisson Hotel, Dublin Airport today (28th August) aimed at women working in Ireland’s €1 billion Seafood Industry to ascertain if a professional networking forum will support and drive greater female participation in the sector.

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Donegal oyster industry, valued at €11m, celebrated in new exhibition

Released: 10 August 2017

New oyster showcase at Doagh Famine Museum launched as part of the ‘Taste the Atlantic- a Seafood Journey’ trail

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Minister of State Andrew Doyle T.D. Announces Investment of over €400,000 for 13 Coastal Community Projects across Louth, Meath and Dublin

Released: 28 July 2017

Today, (Friday 28th of July), Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Andrew Doyle T.D. joined BIM, Ireland’s Seafood Development Agency and the North East Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG) in the National Maritime Museum of Ireland, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin to announce grant aid of €219,310 to 13 distinctive maritime projects across coastal communities in counties Louth, Meath and Dublin that will deliver a total investment of €434,337.

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Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring T.D. announces over €500,000 Investment for 22 marine projects in Mayo, Sligo

Released: 24 July 2017

Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring T.D. today (Monday, 24th July) joined BIM (Bord Iascaigh Mhara), Ireland’s Seafood Development Agency and the North West Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG) to announce over €500,000 in total investment for 22 distinctive coastal community based projects across the counties of Mayo and Sligo.

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Eight Finalists Announced in the BIM Seafood Retail Business Awards 2018

Released: 19 July 2017

BIM is delighted to announce that eight finalists have been shortlisted for the BIM Seafood Retail Business Award 2018 today (Wednesday 19th July 2017).

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FLAG West Fisheries Local Action Group Strategy announces support for 33 distinctive community projects across Clare & Galway to the tune of €411,099

Released: 14 July 2017

Seán Kyne T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Rural and Community Development and the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment with responsibility for Natural Resources, Community Affairs, and Digital Development today, Friday 14th July, travelled to Inis Oírr on the Aran Islands to announce the West Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG) support for 33 projects along the Atlantic coastlines of counties Clare, Galway and the Aran Islands.

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BIM Environmental Sustainability Atlas Maps drive to protect €1.1 billion Seafood Sector for Future Generations

Released: 13 July 2017

BIM, Irelands Seafood Development Agency, today (Thursday 13 July 2017) launched its first Environmental Sustainability Atlas, a comprehensive compendium of all the environmental activities in which it is engaged across the sea fishing, fish farming and seafood processing sectors.

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Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine Andrew Doyle T.D. announces 29 Local Community Projects to Deliver Investment of over €645,000 under EMFF South East Fisheries Local Action Group Programme

Released: 10 July 2017

Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Andrew Doyle T.D. announced the latest tranche of funding under the Southeast FLAG, Fisheries Local Action Group programme at a reception in the Arklow Bay Hotel in the coastal fishing town of Arklow in Co Wicklow this morning Monday 10th July.

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'Taste the Atlantic- a Seafood Journey' trail expands to embrace food tourism opportunity on the Wild Atlantic Way

Released: 3 July 2017

BIM and Fáilte Ireland announce extension of seafood trail to include 22 producers from Donegal to Cork

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Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin T.D. announces the South West FLAG Strategy

Released: 3 July 2017

10 Fisheries Local Action Group Projects to Deliver Investment of €162,000

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Ireland's €1.1 billion Seafood Sector Records Growth of Over 7%

Released: 29 June 2017

BIM National Seafood Conference Focuses on the Future of Irish Seafood.

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EU Investment Fund for Donegal To Deliver 31 Projects worth €468,000

Released: 23 June 2017

Newly appointed Government Chief Whip and Donegal T.D. Joe McHugh, announced the North FLAG (Fisheries Local Action Group) Strategy Fund at a reception in the Maritime Museum in the picturesque coastal fishing village of Greencastle, Inishowen Donegal today, Friday 23rd June.

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Irish Seafood Companies look to Innovation in Food Waste Elimination

Released: 22 June 2017

BIM, Ireland’s Seafood Development Agency and Bord Bia, the Irish Food Board, today (Thursday 22 June 2017) facilitated a Sustainability Knowledge Sharing trip for ten leading Irish seafood companies to Silver Hill Farm in Co. Monaghan to deliver valuable insights and learnings around the area of sustainability from an innovative Irish company that has effectively eliminated waste from their business.

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Minister Creed Announces 153 Successful Projects worth €3.6 million under EMFF Fisheries Local Action Group Scheme

Released: 8 June 2017

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, T.D. visited the renowned Ballycotton Harbour today (Thursday 8th June) to announce a range of successful projects that will deliver a total investment of €3.6 million under the innovative and inspiring Fisheries Local Area Action Group (FLAG) Strategy for Ireland’s 7 coastal regions.

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Bord Iascaigh Mhara Announce Exciting Line up for National Seafood Conference in association with SeaFest 2017

Released: 1 June 2017

Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), Ireland’s Seafood Development Agency, is delighted to announce an exciting and busy programme for the agency’s National Seafood Conference ‘Winning in a Changing Environment’ that will take place on the 29th June in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Galway. 

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BIM launch Fishery Improvement Project (FIP) for Ireland's Brown Crab Fishery

Released: 12 May 2017

BIM, Ireland’s Seafood Development Agency, in partnership with key industry stakeholders from the inshore and processing sectors, is delighted to officially launch a Fisheries Improvement Project (FIP) for Ireland’s brown crab fishery. The aim of a FIP is to improve the sustainable operations within a fishery and to progress to certification under the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) over a 3-5 year period.

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Seafood HACCP Workshop in Sligo

Released: 5 May 2017

BIM, Irelands Seafood Development Agency’s food safety team travelled to Sligo at the end of April to deliver the second of this year’s regional Seafood HACCP workshops.

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Foyle Fishermen Sign up to BIM's Fishing For Litter Initiative

Released: 2 May 2017

Fishermen from Foyle Fishermen’s Co-op based in Greencastle, Co. Donegal are now active members of the established BIM Fishing For Litter (FFL) programme.

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BIM Host High Level Fisheries Economics Conference to Discuss Socio-Economic Impact of Common Fisheries Policy

Released: 26 April 2017

The 23rd European Association of Fisheries Economists (EAFE) conference, hosted by BIM, Ireland’s Seafood Development Agency, welcomed over 100 economists, academics, fishermen and policy makers to Dublin Castle today for the second day of this important three day business and networking event from the 25th – 27th April.

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Jim O'Toole Appointed Chief Executive of BIM, Ireland's Seafood Development Agency

Released: 24 April 2017

BIM, Ireland’s Seafood Development Agency, is delighted to officially announce Mr. Jim O’Toole as Chief Executive Officer.  Mr. O’Toole, who was appointed by the Board of BIM, brings to the position a wealth of experience in global food marketing, sustainability development and change leadership.

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BIM urges Fishermen to Register their Safety Equipment with ComReg - New Guide to Registration launched

Released: 5 April 2017

Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), Ireland’s Seafood Development Agency, has joined forces with ‘All Aboard 2017’ to launch the new ‘Guide for Fishermen to Register Digital Safety Equipment with ComReg’.  This step-by-step guide aims to help fishermen successfully register the personal locator beacon (PLB) from their lifejackets with ComReg.

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Seafood SME's put their Products under the Microscope at BIM Seafood Academy West Innovation Workshop

Released: 27 March 2017

Galway Seafood Producers, Claire Colohan, Galway Food Co. and Richard Collins, Saile presented their latest product innovations to a panel of experts for live feedback.

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€1.4 million Irish Sea Portal Project launched

Released: 21 March 2017

Pilot project set to benefit mussel industry in Ireland and Wales

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Call for Entries for 2018 BIM Young Fishmonger Awards

Released: 20 March 2017

BIM is today inviting entries for BIM Young Fishmonger and the BIM Seafood Retail Business Award 2018!.

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A-fish-ionado reveals The Alternative Easter Sunday Lunch

Released: 20 March 2017

  • Call for entries for 2018 Young Fishmonger Award & new Seafood Business Retail Award!
  • Questions you should ask your fishmonger

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Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) to Host Gathering of Top Seafood Innovators in October

Released: 10 March 2017

Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), Ireland’s Seafood Development Agency, will host the 47th WEFTA (West European Fish Technologist’s Association) Conference in the Aviva Stadium from the 9th – 12th October this year.

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West Cork Seafood Company launch 'Easy to Cook' product range

Released: 7 March 2017

Fish Seafood Deli, a successful and well established seafood company based in West Cork, have developed and launched a new product range under the brand name ‘Fresh Fish Deli’

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Bord Iascaigh Mhara Assist Irish Seafood Industry to Drive Sustainability Agenda

Released: 3 March 2017

BIM, Ireland’s Seafood Development Agency, launched a new certification standard to drive sustainability in the Irish Fishing Sector, at the Skipper Expo International trade show in Galway today, Friday 3rd March.

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Good News on Ash Wednesday! EU Fisheries Investment Programme to deliver €1.68 Million to South East Region

Released: 1 March 2017

BIM, Ireland’s Seafood Development Agency and the South East Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG) today, 1st March 2017, announced a local development strategy that will deliver €1.68 million to the region.

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BIM Highlight the Benefits of 'Going Green' with New Cost Efficiency Guide

Released: 28 February 2017

BIM, Ireland’s Seafood Development Agency, recently launched a Resource Efficiency Guide aimed at seafood processors to assist them to operate more sustainably at the annual Green Awards 2017 on the 21st February.

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Seafood Wins out at Green Awards 2017 as Ireland's Largest Fishermans Co-op Wins Overall 'Green Business of the Year' Award

Released: 22 February 2017

Castletownbere Fisherman’s Co-operative Society won the top accolade ‘Green Business of the Year’ at last night’s prestigious Green Awards 2017 attended by over 500 professionals in the Clayton Hotel, Dublin.

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Minister Creed launches Local Development Strategies for seven Fisheries Local Action Groups - FLAGs

Released: 1 February 2017

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed T.D. today launched the Local Development Strategies for the 7 Fisheries Local Action Groups (FLAGs).

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Four Irish Seafood Companies nominated for the 2017 Green Awards!

Released: 27 January 2017

Four Irish Seafood companies - Burren Smokehouse, Co. Clare, Fisherman’s Co-op, Castletownbere, Co. Cork, Irish Fish Canners, Co. Donegal and Woodstown Bay Shellfish Ltd., Co. Waterford have been shortlisted for the ‘Green Seafood Business Award’, sponsored by BIM, Ireland’s Seafood Development Agency, for the upcoming Green Awards on the 21st February in the Clayton Hotel, Ballsbridge, Co. Dublin.

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Bord Iascaigh Mhara Enable Irish Seafood Companies to Build Innovation Capability Through Seafood Innovation Academy

Released: 7 December 2016

Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), Ireland’s Seafood Development Agency, recently hosted the last in a series of ‘Seafood Innovation Academy’ workshops in the BIM Seafood Development Centre, Clonakilty, Co. Cork.

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Bord Iascaigh Mhara Announce an Investment of over €500,000 in Safety Training and Ice Provision for Castletownbere

Released: 25 November 2016

Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), Ireland’s Seafood Development Agency, are investing over €500,000 in a new fire training facility for the National Fisheries College in Castletownbere and in refurbishments to the Ice Plant to secure continuity in ice provision to the local fishing industry.

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Bord Iascaigh Mhara Announce the Winners of the Inaugural National Seafood Awards

Released: 17 November 2016

Bord Iascaigh Mhara is delighted to announce the winners of the first ever BIM National Seafood Awards this evening at a Gala Awards event in the Clayton Hotel, Ballsbridge, Dublin.

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Ros a Mhíl Fishermen Participate in Bord Iascaigh Mhara Fishing For Litter Programme

Released: 10 November 2016

Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), the Seafood Development Agency, recently launched the BIM Fishing for Litter programme, funded under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF), in Ros a Mhíl fishing port in Galway.

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`Taste the Atlantic' Oyster exhibition opens in Lissadell House

Released: 26 October 2016

Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), the Seafood Development Agency, and Lissadell House officially launched the ‘Taste the Atlantic – a Seafood Journey’ oyster exhibition in the stable rooms of the beautiful Lissadell House, Sligo yesterday evening.

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Shortlist for inaugural BIM National Seafood Awards announced

Released: 19 October 2016

The shortlist for the inaugural National Seafood Awards, organised by Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), the Seafood Development Agency, has just been announced. 

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BIM'S FIRST EVER NATIONAL SEAFOOD AWARDS

Released: 5 October 2016

Des Cahill, Irish sports broadcasting legend, will MC the first ever National Seafood Awards in Dublin on 17th November 2016.  Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), the Seafood Development Agency, is hosting the inaugural Awards to celebrate Ireland’s €1 billion Seafood Sector. 

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Atlantis Seafoods Win 'Seafood Innovation Award' at Annual Blas na hEireann Awards

Released: 4 October 2016

Atlantis Seafoods, a family run business based near the bustling fishing port of Kilmore Quay, Co. Wexford, were the proud recipients of the coveted ‘Seafood Innovation Award’ sponsored by Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) at this year’s Blas na hEireann Awards in Dingle, Co. Kerry.

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Bord Iascaigh Mhara Encourage Visitors to 'Taste the Atlantic' at Galway Oyster and Seafood Festival

Released: 27 September 2016

Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), the Seafood Development Agency, were proud to support another successful Galway Oyster & Seafood Festival this year from the 23rd – 25th September.

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BIM Announce Panel of Expert Judges for the BIM Awards 2016

Released: 19 September 2016

Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), the Irish Sea Fisheries Board, today announced the panel of expert judges for the ‘BIM Awards – Celebrating the best in the Irish seafood sector’.    The judges have been chosen for their expertise in the key areas of skills, sustainability, innovation and competitiveness and are tasked with shortlisting finalists and selecting the overall winners for the inaugural Awards that will take place on the 17th November in the Clayton Hotel, Ballsbridge, Dublin.

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Eight Talented Fishmongers to Compete for BIM Young Fishmonger 2017 Awards!

Released: 24 August 2016

Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), the Seafood Development Agency, is delighted to announce the greatly anticipated shortlist for the BIM Young Fishmonger 2017 awards.

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Bord Iascaigh Mhara To Establish Domestic Seafood Council in response to High Salmon Prices

Released: 15 August 2016

Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), the Seafood Development Agency, recently hosted an industry forum in the Maldron Hotel, Portlaoise for 12 Irish Seafood processors affected by recent high price increases which has led to volatility and difficult trading conditions on the salmon market.

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Irish Albacore Tuna - a seasonal fishery worth €6.4 million on our key export markets

Released: 2 August 2016

Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), the Seafood Development Agency recently published their ‘Business of Seafood – a Snapshot of Ireland’s Seafood Sector’ report that highlights our diverse and valuable seafood industry around our coast.

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IFA President Tours Mayo's €19 million aquaculture Sector

Released: 27 July 2016

IFA President, Joe Healy today met with a number of aquaculture producers (fish and shellfish farmers) in County Mayo.  Aquaculture is a substantial industry in Mayo primarily located in Clew Bay and Achill. 

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Bord Iascaigh Mhara Promotes Safety at Sea to Young Sailors from the Irish Youth Sailing Club

Released: 12 July 2016

Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), the Irish Sea Fisheries Board were delighted to present the Irish Youth Sailing Club with a set of compact Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs) on Monday 11th July at the West Pier, Dun Laoghaire.

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BIM Highlight Potential of Irish Seafood Sector at National Seafood Conference in Association with Seafest 2016, Galway

Released: 8 July 2016

Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) were delighted to be part of the annual maritime ‘SeaFest 2016’ event in Galway from the 30th June until the 3rd July.

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Bord Iascaigh Mhara Celebrate Irish Seafood With Interactive Seafest Experience

Released: 8 July 2016

Building a greater appreciation for Irish seafood, our producers and educating the public on its provenance was a key objective for BIM at this year’s SeaFest event that took place at the docks in Galway on the 2nd and 3rd July.

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Join us for the Bord Iascaigh Mhara Family Seafood Experience in association with SeaFest 2016

Released: 21 June 2016

Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) in association with SeaFest 2016 will host a two day Seafood Experience with fun for all the family in the ‘Big Top on the Docks’ in Galway on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd July 2016.

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