Excitement builds as Ireland's aquatech industry aims for global recognition at BIM conference


Pictured: Underwater cameras are increasingly being used to manage fish welfare when sustainably farming seafood. The technology can monitor features including feeding activity,  fish behaviour, size, growth and maturation.

Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), Ireland’s seafood development agency is hosting a conference next month that aims to position Ireland as the centre of excellence for aquatech. The inaugural Aquatech Business of the Year award is also being announced at the event.

The conference, being held in partnership with global aquaculture accelerator, Hatch, and supported by the European Maritime Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund, will gather some of the leading experts in aquaculture including Kristen Virega, SVP Global Shrimp efishery, Neil Sims, Founder and CEO, Ocean Era and Jennifer Bushman, Sustainable Aquaculture Strategist and Communicator. BIM CEO, Caroline Bocquel is also among the key speakers.

Aquatech can be defined as any technology enabling sustainable seafood farming. There are currently 62 aquatech companies operating in Ireland, employing almost 900 and with a combined turnover of €217 million.

This exclusive discussion and knowledge sharing opportunity will provide a platform for senior policy makers, aquaculture and tech sector thought leaders and investors to learn how  Ireland can build its capabilities in this space.

‘Aquatech – Ireland’s Global Opportunity’ is taking place at the Brehon Hotel in Killarney, Co Kerry on Thursday 19 October from 14:00 to 16:00 (Irish Standard Time). You can register to attend for free at the following link:  bit.ly/44CLJgX