10 February 2014
Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) today (8 February 2014) launched its 2014 national conference for industry which takes place on Wednesday 02 April next at The Aviva Stadium, Dublin.
Titled “Capturing Ireland’s Share of the Global Seafood Opportunity”, this conference is set to become Ireland's premiere seafood event of the year.
Speaking at launch of the conference website, BIM Chief Executive, Jason Whooley said:
“This conference will be the first national industry-wide event organised by the Agency under its strategy 2013-2017. A busy conference agenda should stimulate discussion and promote debate on how industry collectively shapes the future of the sector as we maximise Ireland’s share of the global seafood opportunity.
“The conference’s speaker line-up gives delegates access to business heavyweights operating nationally and internationally at the top of the seafood and agri-food sectors. Their experience as seafood leaders should be of benefit to the Irish industry as it continues to strategically develop the fishery and aquaculture resource.
“Ireland may be a small player in the context of world seafood but that does not mean that we shouldn't have major ambitions for growth. Ireland is being presented with opportunities for unprecedented sectoral growth that are largely dependent on our ability to produce and supply fish and related products to an increasing world population and its growing demand for seafood which will see the global requirement for fish grow by an additional 42 million tonnes per annum by 2030. The potentially transformational opportunities being presented to industry can only be fully utilised if Ireland increases sustainability, competitiveness, grows industry scale and expands the raw material base. These and other critical issues will dominate the agenda for the conference which will help inform current strategy aimed at leading the Irish seafood sector to new levels of output, employment and prosperity” .
The conference underlines BIM’s 2013-2017 strategy under which the Agency will deliver 1,200 New Jobs and €1 billion in seafood sales as part of the seafood targets and objectives set out in The Food Harvest 2020 national food production plan.
What's on offer?
- a conference agenda tailored to challenge and inform national and international industry thinking on the future for Ireland's global opportunity in seafood
- a speaker line-up that gives delegates the opportunity to hear directly from some of the world's most highly rated captains of the seafood industry
- a series of panel-led discussions on the critical economic, political and environmental issues that will shape the future of seafood in Ireland
- expert analysis and opinion on the financial trends affecting market forces and consumer behaviour
- contact with some of the world's leading seafood companies for business generation and networking opportunities
Who should attend?
Seafood professionals actively committed to strategically enhancing Ireland's share of the global seafood opportunity.