Seafood Training Scheme (Aquaculture)

Training candidates and training providers may apply for support for the course fees and subsistence costs for training in the Irish catching, fish farming and seafood processing sectors.

The Training and Capacity Building Scheme is established under Union Priority 1 (Sustainable Fisheries) of Ireland’s Operational Programme under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund 2014 – 2020, co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Commission

Who is Eligible Who is Eligible

To be eligible for training funding you must submit an application on before paying for your course.

Individuals or sole traders actively involved (either full-time or part-time) in the Irish fishing industry or production/processing of seafood may be eligible for support. This includes:

[Castletownbere Fishermen’s Co-Operative Society Ltd

Clogherhead Fishermen’s Co-Operative

Foyle Fishermen’s Co-operative Society Ltd

Galway and Aran Fishermen’s Co-Operative]


[Irish South and East Fishermen’s Organisation

Irish South and West Fishermen’s Organisation

Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation

Irish Fish Producers Organisation

Irish Salmon Producers Group]



Individuals wishing to enter the Irish seafood sector may be eligible for funding, but only for the BIM Deckhand Foundation Programme. Please note that individuals not eligible for funding under the Seafood Training Scheme may be eligible for funding under the Brexit Blue Economy Enterprise Development Scheme.

If you are a Seafood training provider your training programme(s) may qualify for funding. Please complete the evaluation form (pdf 460Kb)   The information provided will be used by the BIM Training Committee in reaching a decision on eligibility for funding.

What is Funded What is Funded

Funding for training is available in the following areas;

Eligible costs may include:

The list of courses approved for funding, along with the maximum eligible costs per course, can be found here

Amounts Granted Amounts Granted

Individual/sole traders 50%
Irish Registered fishing vessel owners (Vessels over 12m in length) 50%
SME’s in fisheries, aquaculture and seafood processing sectors 50%
Collective organisations 60%
Producer organisations 75%
SSCF vessel owners 80%

How to Apply How to Apply


Apply Online

Apply online at Grant Electronic Management System

For technical queries in relation to BIM’s Grants Electronic Management System (GEMS) please contact the grants helpdesk using this form.



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