Released: 3 July 2017
BIM and Fáilte Ireland announce extension of seafood trail to include 22 producers from Donegal to Cork
Released: 3 July 2017
10 Fisheries Local Action Group Projects to Deliver Investment of €162,000
Released: 29 June 2017
BIM National Seafood Conference Focuses on the Future of Irish Seafood.
Released: 23 June 2017
Newly appointed Government Chief Whip and Donegal T.D. Joe McHugh, announced the North FLAG (Fisheries Local Action Group) Strategy Fund at a reception in the Maritime Museum in the picturesque coastal fishing village of Greencastle, Inishowen Donegal today, Friday 23rd June.
Released: 22 June 2017
BIM, Ireland’s Seafood Development Agency and Bord Bia, the Irish Food Board, today (Thursday 22 June 2017) facilitated a Sustainability Knowledge Sharing trip for ten leading Irish seafood companies to Silver Hill Farm in Co. Monaghan to deliver valuable insights and learnings around the area of sustainability from an innovative Irish company that has effectively eliminated waste from their business.
Released: 8 June 2017
Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, T.D. visited the renowned Ballycotton Harbour today (Thursday 8th June) to announce a range of successful projects that will deliver a total investment of €3.6 million under the innovative and inspiring Fisheries Local Area Action Group (FLAG) Strategy for Ireland’s 7 coastal regions.
Released: 1 June 2017
Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), Ireland’s Seafood Development Agency, is delighted to announce an exciting and busy programme for the agency’s National Seafood Conference ‘Winning in a Changing Environment’ that will take place on the 29th June in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Galway.
Released: 12 May 2017
BIM, Ireland’s Seafood Development Agency, in partnership with key industry stakeholders from the inshore and processing sectors, is delighted to officially launch a Fisheries Improvement Project (FIP) for Ireland’s brown crab fishery. The aim of a FIP is to improve the sustainable operations within a fishery and to progress to certification under the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) over a 3-5 year period.
Released: 5 May 2017
BIM, Irelands Seafood Development Agency’s food safety team travelled to Sligo at the end of April to deliver the second of this year’s regional Seafood HACCP workshops.
Released: 2 May 2017
Fishermen from Foyle Fishermen’s Co-op based in Greencastle, Co. Donegal are now active members of the established BIM Fishing For Litter (FFL) programme.
Released: 26 April 2017
The 23rd European Association of Fisheries Economists (EAFE) conference, hosted by BIM, Ireland’s Seafood Development Agency, welcomed over 100 economists, academics, fishermen and policy makers to Dublin Castle today for the second day of this important three day business and networking event from the 25th – 27th April.
Released: 24 April 2017
BIM, Ireland’s Seafood Development Agency, is delighted to officially announce Mr. Jim O’Toole as Chief Executive Officer. Mr. O’Toole, who was appointed by the Board of BIM, brings to the position a wealth of experience in global food marketing, sustainability development and change leadership.
Released: 5 April 2017
Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), Ireland’s Seafood Development Agency, has joined forces with ‘All Aboard 2017’ to launch the new ‘Guide for Fishermen to Register Digital Safety Equipment with ComReg’. This step-by-step guide aims to help fishermen successfully register the personal locator beacon (PLB) from their lifejackets with ComReg.
Released: 27 March 2017
Galway Seafood Producers, Claire Colohan, Galway Food Co. and Richard Collins, Saile presented their latest product innovations to a panel of experts for live feedback.
Released: 21 March 2017
Pilot project set to benefit mussel industry in Ireland and Wales
Released: 20 March 2017
BIM is today inviting entries for BIM Young Fishmonger and the BIM Seafood Retail Business Award 2018!.
Released: 20 March 2017
Released: 10 March 2017
Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), Ireland’s Seafood Development Agency, will host the 47th WEFTA (West European Fish Technologist’s Association) Conference in the Aviva Stadium from the 9th – 12th October this year.
Released: 7 March 2017
Fish Seafood Deli, a successful and well established seafood company based in West Cork, have developed and launched a new product range under the brand name ‘Fresh Fish Deli’
Released: 3 March 2017
BIM, Ireland’s Seafood Development Agency, launched a new certification standard to drive sustainability in the Irish Fishing Sector, at the Skipper Expo International trade show in Galway today, Friday 3rd March.
Released: 1 March 2017
BIM, Ireland’s Seafood Development Agency and the South East Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG) today, 1st March 2017, announced a local development strategy that will deliver €1.68 million to the region.
Released: 28 February 2017
BIM, Ireland’s Seafood Development Agency, recently launched a Resource Efficiency Guide aimed at seafood processors to assist them to operate more sustainably at the annual Green Awards 2017 on the 21st February.
Released: 22 February 2017
Castletownbere Fisherman’s Co-operative Society won the top accolade ‘Green Business of the Year’ at last night’s prestigious Green Awards 2017 attended by over 500 professionals in the Clayton Hotel, Dublin.
Released: 1 February 2017
The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed T.D. today launched the Local Development Strategies for the 7 Fisheries Local Action Groups (FLAGs).
Released: 27 January 2017
Four Irish Seafood companies - Burren Smokehouse, Co. Clare, Fisherman’s Co-op, Castletownbere, Co. Cork, Irish Fish Canners, Co. Donegal and Woodstown Bay Shellfish Ltd., Co. Waterford have been shortlisted for the ‘Green Seafood Business Award’, sponsored by BIM, Ireland’s Seafood Development Agency, for the upcoming Green Awards on the 21st February in the Clayton Hotel, Ballsbridge, Co. Dublin.
Released: 7 December 2016
Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), Ireland’s Seafood Development Agency, recently hosted the last in a series of ‘Seafood Innovation Academy’ workshops in the BIM Seafood Development Centre, Clonakilty, Co. Cork.
Released: 25 November 2016
Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), Ireland’s Seafood Development Agency, are investing over €500,000 in a new fire training facility for the National Fisheries College in Castletownbere and in refurbishments to the Ice Plant to secure continuity in ice provision to the local fishing industry.
Released: 17 November 2016
Bord Iascaigh Mhara is delighted to announce the winners of the first ever BIM National Seafood Awards this evening at a Gala Awards event in the Clayton Hotel, Ballsbridge, Dublin.
Released: 10 November 2016
Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), the Seafood Development Agency, recently launched the BIM Fishing for Litter programme, funded under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF), in Ros a Mhíl fishing port in Galway.
Released: 26 October 2016
Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), the Seafood Development Agency, and Lissadell House officially launched the ‘Taste the Atlantic – a Seafood Journey’ oyster exhibition in the stable rooms of the beautiful Lissadell House, Sligo yesterday evening.
Released: 19 October 2016
The shortlist for the inaugural National Seafood Awards, organised by Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), the Seafood Development Agency, has just been announced.
Released: 5 October 2016
Des Cahill, Irish sports broadcasting legend, will MC the first ever National Seafood Awards in Dublin on 17th November 2016. Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), the Seafood Development Agency, is hosting the inaugural Awards to celebrate Ireland’s €1 billion Seafood Sector.
Released: 4 October 2016
Atlantis Seafoods, a family run business based near the bustling fishing port of Kilmore Quay, Co. Wexford, were the proud recipients of the coveted ‘Seafood Innovation Award’ sponsored by Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) at this year’s Blas na hEireann Awards in Dingle, Co. Kerry.
Released: 27 September 2016
Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), the Seafood Development Agency, were proud to support another successful Galway Oyster & Seafood Festival this year from the 23rd – 25th September.
Released: 19 September 2016
Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), the Irish Sea Fisheries Board, today announced the panel of expert judges for the ‘BIM Awards – Celebrating the best in the Irish seafood sector’. The judges have been chosen for their expertise in the key areas of skills, sustainability, innovation and competitiveness and are tasked with shortlisting finalists and selecting the overall winners for the inaugural Awards that will take place on the 17th November in the Clayton Hotel, Ballsbridge, Dublin.
Released: 24 August 2016
Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), the Seafood Development Agency, is delighted to announce the greatly anticipated shortlist for the BIM Young Fishmonger 2017 awards.
Released: 15 August 2016
Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), the Seafood Development Agency, recently hosted an industry forum in the Maldron Hotel, Portlaoise for 12 Irish Seafood processors affected by recent high price increases which has led to volatility and difficult trading conditions on the salmon market.
Released: 2 August 2016
Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), the Seafood Development Agency recently published their ‘Business of Seafood – a Snapshot of Ireland’s Seafood Sector’ report that highlights our diverse and valuable seafood industry around our coast.
Released: 27 July 2016
IFA President, Joe Healy today met with a number of aquaculture producers (fish and shellfish farmers) in County Mayo. Aquaculture is a substantial industry in Mayo primarily located in Clew Bay and Achill.
Released: 12 July 2016
Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), the Irish Sea Fisheries Board were delighted to present the Irish Youth Sailing Club with a set of compact Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs) on Monday 11th July at the West Pier, Dun Laoghaire.
Released: 8 July 2016
Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) were delighted to be part of the annual maritime ‘SeaFest 2016’ event in Galway from the 30th June until the 3rd July.
Released: 8 July 2016
Building a greater appreciation for Irish seafood, our producers and educating the public on its provenance was a key objective for BIM at this year’s SeaFest event that took place at the docks in Galway on the 2nd and 3rd July.
Released: 30 June 2016
Released: 21 June 2016
Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) in association with SeaFest 2016 will host a two day Seafood Experience with fun for all the family in the ‘Big Top on the Docks’ in Galway on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd July 2016.
Released: 13 June 2016
Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), the Seafood Development Agency, today (Monday 13 June 2016) announced the inaugural BIM Seafood Sector Awards. The BIM Awards will seek to find the finest fishermen, fish farmers, processors and retailers in Ireland’s renowned seafood sector. The Awards opened for entrants today and the winners will be announced at a gala evening on November 17th in the Clayton Hotel, Ballsbridge, Dublin.
Released: 10 June 2016
The 20th annual Class 3 Marine Engineer Awards Ceremony organised by Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) took place today (Friday 10th June) in BIM’s National Fisheries College, Greencastle, Co. Donegal.
Tara McCarthy, CEO, BIM; Adrian McClenaghan, Chairman, Foyle Fishermen’s Co-Op and sponsors of the ‘Trainee of the Year’ Award with the award winner, Kieran C. O’Neill, Castletownbere, Co. Cork
Released: 9 June 2016
BIM is delighted to announce that Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, T.D. will deliver the closing address at ‘Global Insights- Irish Opportunity’, BIM’s National Seafood Conference 2016 on the 30th June in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Galway.
Released: 7 June 2016
New seafood trail to build greater appreciation for Irish seafood on the Wild Atlantic Way.
A group pictured at the launch of the extension to the Taste the Atlantic – A seafood Journey, The Surf Coast, on a tour of Wild Atlantic Shellfish’s Farm, in Sligo.
Released: 16 May 2016
Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), the Seafood Development Agency is to partner with Nofima, the Norwegian Institute of Food, Fishery and Aquaculture to drive Innovation in the Irish Seafood Sector. In the first step towards developing a memorandum of understanding between the two agencies; BIM recently welcomed the applied research agency to Ireland.
Pictured in BIM’s Seafood Development Centre, Clonakilty, Cork are Øyvind Fylling-Jensen, CEO Nofima with Tara McCarthy, CEO BIM and Donal Buckley, BIM Director of Innovation and Business Development
Released: 4 May 2016
Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), the Seafood Development Agency were delighted to sponsor another successful Connemara Mussel Festival in Renvyle, Connemara over the May bank holiday weekend.
Pictured: Visitors at Connemara Mussel Festival sponsored by BIM enjoying Irish rope mussels cooked using the French method ‘Moules Eclades’
Released: 29 April 2016
Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), the Seafood Development Agency, today announced an exceptional line up of speakers for the 'BIM National Seafood Conference – Global Insights, Irish Opportunity' event at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Galway on the 30th June.
Released: 15 April 2016
Sofrimar Limited, one of Ireland’s most successful and innovative seafood processors won the ‘Green Seafood Business Award’ award sponsored by Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) at the annual Green Awards in the Double Tree Hilton Hotel, Dublin yesterday evening (Thursday 14th April)
Pictured: Deirdre Cunningham, Sofrimar receiving the ‘BIM Green Seafood Business Award’ from Donal Buckley, Director of Business Development & Innovation, BIM at the annual Green Awards 2016
Released: 13 April 2016
Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), the Seafood Development Agency, today announced the final call for entries for the BIM Young Fishmonger competition in Howth, Co Dublin.
Pictured in Howth announcing the final call for entries for the Bord Iascaigh Mhara Young Fishmonger 2017 competition are previous winners James Kirwan, East Coast Seafood, Naas, Co. Kildare; Gerry Collier, Fishermans Catch, Clogherhead, Co. Louth and the current winner of the Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) Young Fishmonger competition George Stephens, The Fish Market, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15 (centre) with Tara McCarthy, BIM CEO.
Released: 11 March 2016
Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), the Irish Sea Fisheries Board was delighted to present four young students with their certificates of competency in Commercial Fishing recently in BIM’s National Fisheries College, Greencastle, Co. Donegal.
Pictured: James Sinnott, Courtown, Co. Wexford receiving his ‘Trainee of the Course’ award for Commercial Fishing from Adrian McClenaghan, Chairman, Foyle Fishermen’s Co-op in BIM’s National Fisheries College, Greencastle, Co. Donegal.
Released: 9 March 2016
The latest figures from Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) indicate 31,500 female lobsters were returned to sea in 2015 to breed as part of the Lobster V-notching Conservation Scheme. This is over double the number of female lobsters that were returned to sea in 2010.
Pictured demonstrating how to ‘v-notch’ a lobster at the recent Skipper Expo trade show sponsored by BIM in Galway is BIM’s John Hickey with Sean O’Donoghue, BIM Board Director and Chairman of Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation and Tara McCarthy, BIM CEO.
Released: 15 February 2016
Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), the Irish Sea Fisheries Board, today announced plans for a €1.5 million Sea Survival Training Centre at BIM’s National Fisheries College in Greencastle, Co. Donegal.
Pictured at the announcement of BIM's plans for a €1.5 million Sea Survival Training Centre at BIM National Fisheries College, Greencastle, Donegal are Captain James Hegarty, Principal, Paul Cunningham, Class 3 Engineering Student, Killybegs, Donegal, Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht Affairs and Department of Communications with special responsibility for Gaeltacht Affairs and Natural Resources, Joe McHugh, T.D and Tara McCarthy, BIM CEO
Released: 18 January 2016
Hard-hitting Safety at Sea campaign aims to promote significant behavioural change.
Released: 21 December 2015
Agency to Withdraw Application for Organic Salmon Farm in Line with New National Policy
Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), today (21st December) welcomed the publication of Ireland’s first National Strategic Plan for Sustainable Aquaculture Development.The strategydrawn up by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine follows extensive consultation and forms the basis for the drawdown of €30 million in EU funding dedicated to Irish aquaculture development over the next five years from the European Maritime Fisheries Fund (EMFF).
Released: 17 December 2015
Facilitated by BIM, local industry groups in Castletownbere and Union Hall recently met with Tom Piper of KIMO UK to hear what the UK ‘Fishing for Litter’ programme has achieved and what lessons can be learnt to ensure the programme gains traction in Ireland.
Pictured L to R: William Deasy, BIM Board Director, Tom Piper, KIMO UK, Catherine Barrett, BIM and Martin Deasy, Owner/Skipper of Brian Eoin
Released: 12 November 2015
Bord Iascaigh Mhara is delighted to announce George Stephens, The Fish Market, Blanchardstown, Dublin the overall winner of BIM’s Young Fishmonger 2016 competition. George received the good news last night (11th November) at a BIM hosted awards dinner in Martin Shanahan’s Fishy Fishy restaurant in Kinsale, Co. Cork.
Released: 20 October 2015
Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) is pleased to announce that fishermen in three ports – Clogherhead, Castletownbere and Union Hall are taking part in the pilot BIM ‘Fishing for Litter’ initiative. Fishing for Litter is already an active and highly successful initiative in the UK and Scotland that simply encourages fishermen to take ashore the litter they catch while fishing.
Released: 16 October 2015
BIM’s Fisheries Local Action Group programme supported the first ever seafood festival in Killybegs, Co. Donegal on the 26th September. Organised by the Killybegs Community Council, ‘Hooked!’ was a celebration of the fishing heritage in the premier port of Killybegs and based on the success of the event, the organisers aim to make the festival an annual event to attract more visitors to the region.
Left to right : John Hackett (BIM) John O’Brien (Albatross Seafoods, Winner) Eamon McGuinness (Killybegs Community Council).
Released: 5 October 2015
Kinsale Gourmet has won the most-coveted prize for Innovation at this year’s Blas na hÉireann, the Irish Food Awards which was announced on Friday, October 2nd.
Released: 2 October 2015
Asia Oyster Group, made up of four Irish Oyster companies, recently achieved Origin Green member status following assistance from Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) and Bord Bia
Pictured receiving their BIM ECOPACT and Origin Green membership at BIM Head Office are : Des Moore, Majestic Oysters, Donegal; Sharon Colgan, Bord Bia; Ray Harty, Harty’s Oysters, Waterford; Ed Gallagher, Irish Premium Oysters; Donegal; Kian Louet Feisser, Carlingford Oyster Company, Co. Louth, Mo Mathies, BIM
Released: 22 September 2015
Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), the Seafood Development Agency, is proud to support the 60th International Galway Oyster Festival taking place this year from the 25th – 27th September. Irish oysters are considered a premium product on our international markets achieving €10 million worth of exports up to June this year with total exports expected to reach €26 million by year end.
Diarmuid and Michael Kelly sampling their famous native oysters on their farm ahead of the Galway Oyster Festival sponsored by Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM)this weekend (25th – 27th September). Kelly’s Oysters are one of the producers on the new BIM and Failte Ireland ‘Taste the Atlantic – a Seafood Journey’ trail that promotes seafood producers and restaurants along the Wild Atlantic Way.
Released: 17 September 2015
Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), the Irish Sea Fisheries Board, is delighted to announce the shortlist for the BIM Young Fishmonger 2016 competition today, the 17th September, 2015.
The five finalists are as follows:
Released: 15 September 2015
The North East Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG), established by Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), the Irish Sea Fisheries Board, is proud to support a new Coastal Heritage Trail in the picturesque fishing village of Clogherhead, Co. Louth. Developed and recently launched by the Clogherhead Development Group (CDG), the trail includes a series of information and directional signs detailing the rich heritage and the breath-taking walks in the area which are sure to attract more visitors to the region.
Pictured: Oliver Kirwan on behalf of the Clogherhead Development Group, receives the North East Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG) plaque for his coastal community project from Catherine Barrett, BIM.
Released: 13 August 2015
Munster’s first ever Blueway was launched earlier this week (11th August) in Bantry . The Bantry Blueway will take paddlers on a 2km, 6km or 9km water trail in the picturesque Bantry Harbour in West Cork and encompasses up to seven different points, starting at Abbey Slipway and taking in Whiddy Island before moving across to Reenbeg Point and back via Railway Pier.
Pictured at the launch of Bantry Blueway are John Mullins, Chairman Bantry Bay Port Company; Michael Murphy, Deputy Harbour Master Bantry Bay Port Company; Cllr Joe Carroll, Deputy County Mayor; Dr Vera O'Donovan, FLAG; Capt Paul O’Regan, Harbour Master Bantry Bay Port Company and Brendan Keating, CEO Bantry Bay Port Company. Bantry Blueway is Munster’s first ever Blueway water trail, taking paddlers around the picturesque Bantry Harbour in West Cork.
Released: 7 August 2015
Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) can confirm that full ice production will resume at its plants in Kilmore Quay, Howth and Dunmore East this afternoon (7th August). There was no interruption to supply of ice to fishermen at any of the three plants nor was there a risk to public safety at any stage in the last week.
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