2018 is an exciting time for Ireland's seafood industry as emerging technologies and a desire to innovate and drive a whole new realm of possibilities for professionals in the sector. From new products and services to social innovation and environmental stewardship, turning ideas into results takes courage and vision - both traits that are certainly worth celebrating.

The National Seafood Awards 2018 recognises the outstanding achievements of seafood industry leaders across Ireland in four overarching categories based on BIM’s main strategic priorities: Innovation, Sustainability, Competitiveness and Skills.

The people and businesses that have gone above and beyond to support and progress the Irish seafood industry in 2018 were celebrated on 27 November at the National Seafood Awards 2018.

11 award winners were chosen from among 37 finalists . Learn more about the winners and their respective categories below.

Innovation

BIM is working to assist fleets, farms and factories to develop new and smarter ways of doing business.

Best in Fishing Innovation

  • Galway Bay Inshore Fishermen's Association (GBIFA), Co. Galway

Best in Aquaculture Innovation

  • Moyasta Oysters Ltd., Co. Clare

Best in Processing Innovation

  • Ocean Veg Ireland Ltd., Co. Antrim

Sustainability

Bord Iascaigh Mhara is working to establish and drive a range of effective approaches to differentiate Irish seafood products from key competitors based on the demonstration of their keen environmental credentials and provenance.

Best in Sustainable Fishing

  • MFV Emma Lou T450, Co. Kerry

Best in Sustainable Aquaculture

  • Marine Harvest Ireland, Co. Donegal

Best in Sustainable Processing

  • Connemara Seafoods, Co. Mayo

Competitiveness

Bord Iascaigh Mhara is committed to expertise on national, regional and global seafood economic trends, and to sharing them with the broader sector.

BIM Fishing Enterprise of the Year

  • McBride Fishing Company Ltd., Co. Donegal

BIM Aquaculture Enterprise of the Year

  • Bells Isle Seafoods Ltd., Co. Donegal

BIM Processing Enterprise of the Year

  • Keohane Seafoods Ltd., Co. Cork

BIM Best Seafood Retailer of the Year

  • Dunnes Stores Swords, Co. Dublin

Best Seafood Retailer of the Year – Independent

  • Galway Bay Seafoods Ltd., Co. Galway

Skills

The delivery of a structured career path through the provision of lifelong, accredited learning will help to create a professional, educated talent pool for the seafood sector in Ireland.

BIM Best Student Award

  • Kate Dempsey, Wexford Campus, IT Carlow, Co. Carlow

BIM Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Margaret Downey-Harrington, Mna na Mara, Castletownbere, Co. Cork