Our project overviews and case studies outline the work we do in the industry.
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 Area Action Group (FLAG) 2014 – 2020 is a coastal community development strategy with a fund of €12 million for 7 designated Irish coastal communities.
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.
BIM is working with industry to trial an innovative freshwater integrated multi-trophic aquaculture (IMTA) system in Ireland.
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.
Meet the Young Fismonger 2017 Finalists. Read more...
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 first of our five finalists Lidia Ulaszek, Dunnes Stores, Knockncarra, Galway Read more...
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
BIM is applying for a licence to farm Atlantic salmon in the lee of Inishturk. We aim to facilitate the development of an organic salmon farm that can accommodate safe, efficient, and sustainable fish farming to meet market demand and create sustainable jobs in an area where they are badly needed.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Return fish tags containing the text www.bim.ie/tag to BIM and receive €20 for assisting us in our fish monitoring work.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
In 2009, high death rates in juvenile oysters around the Irish coast were linked to the ostreid herpes virus OsHV1 uvar.
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.
BIM assisted with the reopening of the cockle fisheries in Dundalk Bay in 2009 after it was designated a Natura 2000 site.
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.
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.
Sofrimar Kilmore Quay realised €20,000 in annual savings, while reducing its environmental impact, as part of the Green Seafood Business Programme.
See how BIM helped Goatsbridge trout farm to go from commodity to innovator on their Kilkenny farm.