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Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), Ireland’s Seafood Development Agency
Adrian and Diane Walsh and their son Kieran of BalllyCotton Seafood
An east Cork seafood company is to invest over a million euro in an upgrade with grant-aid from a Brexit-related capital support scheme. BalllyCotton Seafood is upgrading its production facilities and improving automation and efficiencies at its headquarters in Garryvoe.…
Pictured at the announcement of the launch of the 2024  BIM Innovation Studio are, Left to Right: Jessica Giannoumis, Aquatech Community Manager, Hatch Blue; Richard Donnelly, Director of Development and Innovation, BIM; Wayne Murphy, Co-Founder of Hatch Blue; Caroline Bocquel, CEO BIM and Colm Lynch, CEO of Aquamonitrix, winner of the 2023 BIM Aquatech Business of the Year
Aquatech businesses are urged to apply for a new mentoring programme which Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) describes as “groundbreaking”. The sector has just attracted a €15 million investment from the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF), according to BIM. Minister for…
BIM conducts an annual online survey inviting all active vessels to submit economic, employment, and operational details for their previous year’s activity
Fishermen in Ireland have responded in record numbers to the latest National Seafood Survey for fisheries, with more than 500 surveys completed by vessel owners, more than double the survey returns from last year and the highest response rate achieved…
The BIM Aquaculture Remote Classroom
Prospective students interested in a marine career will be able to visit an aquaculture “remote classroom” at an Atlantic Technological University (ATU) open day this weekend. The mobile classroom which gives a taste of aquaculture has been developed by Bord…
Swedish-born Birgitta Curtin and her Irish husband Peter initiated the Burren Smokehouse in 1989. Its products include award-winning cold and hot smoked organic and wild salmon
The Burren Smokehouse in Co Clare is expanding with a €171,000 investment in new equipment and energy efficiencies, which includes a Brexit-related grant. The artisan food outlet has been approved for grant- aid of €76,900 under the Brexit Processing Capital…
Simon Kennedy and his wife Kate O'Connor Kennedy, the team behind Killary Fjord Shellfish with the magnificent backdrop of Killary Harbour
A Connemara shellfish business is using Brexit-related grant aid for a new packaging and labelling machine. Killary Fjord Shellfish in Leenane received grant aid of over €16,000 through Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) under the Brexit Sustainable Aquaculture Growth Scheme. The…
New Ross boatyard owner Michael Kehoe with the new boat hoist installed through the Brexit Blue Economy enterprise development scheme
A Co Wexford boatyard says that a €340,000 investment under the Brexit Blue Economy enterprise development scheme will allow it to work with heavier fishing and leisure vessels for dry dock and repair. New Ross Boat Yard has taken delivery…
Minister for the Marine Charlie McConalogue launches European Maritime, Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund 2021-2027
Marine Minister Charlie McConalogue T.D has launched Ireland's National Seafood Development Programme under the European Maritime, Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund 2012-2027 (EMFAF). The programme, which had multiple stakeholder consultations and environmental assessments, secured funding of €258.4 million for the new…
The Keane family has opened their Wave Wild Atlantic Virtual Experience located in Dingle Bay. WAVE Dingle is the newest attraction to open in the West Kerry town and promises visitors an immersive adventure through the underwater world like never before
The owners of a former Dingle fish processing plant have received Brexit-related grant aid towards a 1.3 million euro visitor attraction, which recalls the harbour’s famous dolphin, Fungi. The Keane family, owners of Ó Catháin Iasc Teo, have invested over…
One of Ireland’s leading producers of organic salmon, Connemara-based Cill Chiaráin Éisc Teoranta (CCET), has completed a substantial €543,000 investment aimed at future-proofing the business and protecting local jobs. Pictured are Gerard Madden, Operations Manager and Bridie Casey, Financial Controller
The Connemara farmed salmon producer Cill Chiaráin Éisc Teoranta (CCET), has completed a substantial €543,000 investment with support from Brexit Adjustment Reserve (BAR) funding. CCET, which is the production arm of the Irish Seafood Producers Group (ISPG), says it has…
The Deep-water Quay project underway at Ros an Mhíl Fishery Harbour Centre in County Galway
Ireland's six state-owned Fishery Harbour Centres are set to receive a boost from the government, with almost €29.7m allocated for capital projects in 2024. Marine Minister Charlie McConalogue T.D confirmed the news today, stating that these centres are crucial infrastructure…
Pictured in the new Fish Box food truck is Micheál Flannery who is managing the business
A fourth generation Kerry fishing family is expanding its seafood business with a 400,000 euro investment. The Fish Box restaurant and takeaway, based in Dingle, is using the investment to put a food truck on the road, introduce a fresh…
Directors of North Dublin based seafood business Kish Fish, brothers Tadgh and Damian O'Meara pictured at their Howth shop
A north Dublin seafood business has benefited from a €160,000 expansion, with grant-aid from the Brexit Adjustment Reserve (BAR). Howth-based award-winning company Kish Fish has increased its production targets significantly as part of the project. Almost €70,000 was grant aided…
Donegal teenager Séan Boyle from Árainn Mhór has taken a step closer to following his dream to pursue a career at sea by passing his Bord Iaschaigh Mhara (BIM) Basic Safety Training course which will allow him to work on a boat or Ferry. Pictured with Séan at Gairmscoil Mhic Diarmada School as he proudly shows off his qualifications are his teacher, Florence Calais and Garvan Meehan, Principal of the National Fisheries College of Ireland in Greencastle, Co. Donegal
The Minister for the Marine has congratulated a Donegal teenager with Down Syndrome, described as having “sea blood running through his veins,” for following his dream to work in the marine sector. Sixteen-year-old Seán Boyle has passed his three-day Bord…
BIM has been working with Food Cloud since 2017 to distribute any quality seafood that remains after its filleting workshops to charities where it is then served up as a nutritious healthy meals. BIM donations to date equate to almost 8,000 meals and this year’s donations so far equates to 555 meals. Depaul Trust is one of the charities who benefit from BIM’s partnership with Food Cloud. Pictured in Depaul cooking up a lovely Mackeral meal was Chef Anthony Daly, Ian Mannix, BIM Skills Director, Resident Liam Gaynor and staff member Jennifer Curran
Almost 8,000 fish meals distributed by the social enterprise FoodCloud to community groups and charities have come from classes with trainee fishmongers, new figures confirm. Over three tonnes of fresh salmon, cod, place and monkfish have been donated over the…
Minister for Marine Charlie McConalogue says he has secured approval to allow BIM to make payments for projects approved under a “transformational change” scheme into early 2024
Ireland’s expenditure of EU Brexit compensatory funding for the seafood sector is to be extended into next year. The so-called Brexit Adjustment Reserve (BAR) was paid by the EU to Ireland and other affected member states to mitigate the impact…