Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) are preparing for what is set to be a very busy Skipper Expo on the 06 and 07 March in the Galway Bay Hotel, Salthill. As primary sponsor of the annual fisheries trade show, BIM is looking forward to highlighting key projects and initiatives that will assist the Irish Fishing Sector. Safety at Sea is always a key theme and we will be promoting the importance of completing basic safety training and fishermen will be able to sign up for these courses with our Training Instructors from our Coastal Training Unit and at the BIM stand. Over 500 fishermen have already completed the new Enhanced Safety Training Scheme which not only provides vital safety training but grant-aid towards the new compact personal flotation devices with integrated personal locator beacons. BIM will be joining the RNLI to demonstrate this new technology with daily safety demonstrations in the pool at the hotel. A full list of training courses at BIM’s National Fisheries Colleges in Greencastle and Castletownbere and on our Coastal Training Units is available by visiting our training page.
In addition to safety, the inshore fishing sector is set to benefit from some progressive and community led initiatives that will assist in the development of this vitally important sector. BIM will be promoting the Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG) programme, the Inshore Fisheries Forums Initiative and the ACRUNET brown crab industry network project. Designed to find solutions to current issues in the inshore sector and through greater cooperation, to take advantage of opportunities for growth and the future sustainability of stocks; these initiatives will all contribute to an increase in revenue for our fishing reliant coastal communities So if you want to find out more or if you have any queries on the Irish Seafood Sector, please visit us at the BIM stand (stand no. 37) or on the Coastal Training Unit (located in the car park) and we will be delighted to help you.
See you at the show!