Our project overviews and case studies outline the work we do in the industry.
Exploring Natural Capital Solutions for our Shared Marine Environment Seminar on Wed, 13 November 2019
Bord Iascaigh Mhara and the Irish Forum on National Capital joined forces on a senior stakeholder breakfast seminar to explore how Ireland and its marine sector can use natural capital approaches on its sustainable development journey.
IFA Aquaculture Conference & AGM
Register for the IFA Aquaculture Conference & AGM on Thursday 26th September 2019
BIM trials the Notus echo sensor with the Swedish Grid
BIM working with industry trialed a Notus echo sensor onboard the MFV Karen Mary in June 2019.
Renewable Energy for SMEs Seminar
The BUCANIER EU Project hosted a seminar in Kilkenny on “Renewable Energy for SMEs”
BIM Industry Workshop, "Farming Seaweed in Ireland"
BIM’s ‘Farming Seaweed in Ireland Workshop’ took place on April 10 in Ennis, Co Clare.
BIM's ARC is a unique purpose designed mobile classroom
Over the next two years, the ARC will be visiting primary schools to deliver an imaginative and engaging insight into Aquaculture (fish farming). This vital and developing industry is a crucial form of income and employment in many coastal areas and a source of sustainable healthy nutrition for generations to come.
Fishing for Litter
The ‘Fishing for Litter’ initiative simply encourages fishermen to take ashore the litter they encounter at sea while fishing. Ninty vesssels and all six fishery harbours run by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine are currently taking part in the initiative.
Fisheries Local Action Groups 2014-2020 (FLAG)
Fisheries Local Area Action Group (FLAG) 2014 – 2020 is a coastal community development strategy with a fund of €12 million for 7 designated Irish coastal communities.
BIM Women in Seafood
To mark this year’s International Women’s Day (#IWD18), BIM is proud to launch a series of audio stories of women working in fisheries in Ireland.
Recirculating Aquaculture Multitrophic Pond Systems (RAMPS)
BIM is working with industry to trial an innovative freshwater integrated multi-trophic aquaculture (IMTA) system in Ireland.
BIM collaborate in Irish Sea Portal Pilot project with Bangor University
BIM are working in collaboration with Bangor University in Wales on a project set to benefit the shellfish sector in Ireland and Wales with a resource that is shared across the Irish Sea.
Live to Tell the Tale
BIM urge fishermen to 'Live to Tell The Tale' in our Hard-hitting Safety at Sea campaign that aims to promote significant behavioural change.
Meet the BIM Young Fishmonger 2016 Finalists
Meet the first of our five finalists Lidia Ulaszek, Dunnes Stores, Knockncarra, Galway Read more...
Taste the Atlantic - a Seafood Journey
Taste the Atlantic – a Seafood Journey is exactly that. Stretching south from Erris Co. Mayo to Connemara and on to Galway Bay, passing some of Ireland’s most breathtaking seascapes and landmarks, it’s a whole new way to experience the Wild Atlantic Way and to learn more about how Irish seafood is caught and farmed. Dotted among the natural wonders are renowned seafood producers
Surveying mussel settlements around the Irish Coast
BIM continually survey for and monitoring mussel stocks around the coast and provide the Irish Bottom Grown Mussel Industry with current information on the beds. These beds are a resource that provides the industry with juvenile mussels to transplant for culture on licensed sites.
Assessment of the effect of the Swedish Grid on commercial fishing for Nephrops.
Our trials assessed the effect to the nephrops catch when using the pioneering ‘Swedish Grid’ to allow unwanted cod escape the net. The grid had minimal impact on the important prawn fishery but significantly reduced by-catch helping to rebuild cod stocks in the Irish Sea.
Project aim: access any losses to the nephrops catch
Irish Seafood - Becoming a Global Seafood Player
The Irish Seafood Industry is performing well with exports up 18% in 2012 on the previous year. Watch this video to find out more about how important the Irish Seafood Sector is to the Irish economy, the potential that exists particularly in emerging markets like China, the increasing global demand for healthy premium seafood and the ambitious targets to be achieved by the sector by 2020.
Developing seaweed farming to produce a high-value product
BIM working with industry and researchers from Queen’s University Belfast and NUI Galway developed cultivation techniques for farming native seaweed usilised in high value products such as medicines, cosmetics and functional foods.
Project aim: the commercial cultivation of Kelp (Laminaria digitata)
Ireland’s seaweed and biotechnology sector is worth €18m annually. Supplied mainly from the wild resource there is great commercial potential for Irish aquaculture through the farming of seaweed for use in this high value sector.
Bring your seafood company's innovative ideas to life
BIM's Seafood Development Centre (SDC) offers you the opportunity to test and trial your company’s innovative product and process ideas in our facilities, before committing to full commercialisation and capital investment costs.
Reducing operating costs through improved water use
BIM in partnership with the EPA worked with Atlantis Seafoods, Wexford to identify and fix leaks in their water system saving the company thousands annually in water charges.
Project aim: reduce environmental impact and operating costs of seafood processing
Recovering disc tags used to monitor skates and rays
Return fish tags containing the text www.bim.ie/tag to BIM and receive €20 for assisting us in our fish monitoring work.
Project Aim: Assess how skates and rays survive after release from fishing gear
Monitoring Interactions between Irish Fisheries and Protected Species
BIM in association with colleagues from the Marine Institute and other Institutes monitor interactions between Irish fisheries and protected species.
Implementation of monitoring requirements under Council Regulation (EC) no 812/2004 and the Habitats Directive
Improvements to the deployment of 'pingers' to reduce porpoise bycatch
We carried out trials to assess the suitability, ease of use, and cost of using acoustic deterrents (pingers) in commercial fishing, prior to a legal requirement to use the devices on Irish vessels.
Project aim: To assess the implications of using pingers in commercial fishing.
BIM, Irish Water Safety and RNLI drive Lifejacket Safety Awareness campaign
BIM are continuing to promote the importance of safety to industry and to encourage more fishermen to wear their lifejackets at sea with a targeted media campaign.
Project aim: encourage more fishermen to wear their lifejackets at sea
Group marking of aquaculture sites improves navigation
We assisted oyster farmers in Dungarvan Harbour to incorporate their sites' boundary marks into one enhanced marking scheme for the production area to improve navigation.
Project aim: improve navigation and safety
Water quality monitoring on Irish oyster farms
Updated 02 Feb 2011
We're tracking the temperature and salinity of bays in Ireland in order to understand the impact of these factors on the performance of oyster stock.
Project aim: identify ideal conditions for oyster farming
In 2009, high death rates in juvenile oysters around the Irish coast were linked to the ostreid herpes virus OsHV1 uvar.
Innovative mussel farming technology introduced to Irish industry
We imported and trailed the innovative New Zealand’s rope mussel on-growing system to help develop the Irish mussel farming industry, successfully adapting it for use under Irish conditions.
Project Aim: To develop Irish mussel farming through the introduction of new technology.
Cockle fisheries reopen in Dundalk after Natura 2000
BIM assisted with the reopening of the cockle fisheries in Dundalk Bay in 2009 after it was designated a Natura 2000 site.
Project aim: Reopening fisheries in a Natura 2000 site.
Increasing productivity and reducing visual impact of mussel farms
BIM, the Ardgroom CLAMS group, and local farmers worked together to improve the environment of Ardgroom Bay, with the dual aim of increasing mussel growth and reducing the visual impact of mussel farms.
Project aim: Improve mussel growing environments in Ardgroom Bay
New species, new opportunities
BIM aims to diversify Ireland’s aquaculture production base with new and exciting species. Our development plans are always market led and when deciding which species to farm, we choose those with the greatest potential for profitable production.
Project aim: Create opportunities in Irish aquaculture by farming new species
Greater efficiencies, and a green environment
Sofrimar Kilmore Quay realised €20,000 in annual savings, while reducing its environmental impact, as part of the Green Seafood Business Programme.
Project aim: help Sofrimar Kilmore Quay reduce its daily use of water and chemicals, while maintaining production quotas.
BIM Helps Kilkenny Farm
See how BIM helped Goatsbridge trout farm to go from commodity to innovator on their Kilkenny farm.
Project aimBIM has worked over the years with the successful trout farming operation, Goatsbridge Trout Farm and this project highlights the many areas of expertise in BIM that companies with ideas and sound business plans can tap into.