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.
BIM is working to assist fleets, farms and factories to develop new and smarter ways of doing business.
- Galway Bay Inshore Fishermen's Association (GBIFA), Co. Galway
- Moyasta Oysters Ltd., Co. Clare
- Ocean Veg Ireland Ltd., Co. Antrim
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.
- MFV Emma Lou T450, Co. Kerry
- Marine Harvest Ireland, Co. Donegal
- Connemara Seafoods, Co. Mayo
Bord Iascaigh Mhara is committed to expertise on national, regional and global seafood economic trends, and to sharing them with the broader sector.
- McBride Fishing Company Ltd., Co. Donegal
- Bells Isle Seafoods Ltd., Co. Donegal
- Keohane Seafoods Ltd., Co. Cork
- Dunnes Stores Swords, Co. Dublin
- Galway Bay Seafoods Ltd., Co. Galway
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.
- Kate Dempsey, Wexford Campus, IT Carlow, Co. Carlow
- Margaret Downey-Harrington, Mna na Mara, Castletownbere, Co. Cork