SeaFest 2016: National Seafood Conference takes place in Galway
BIM has attended the National Seafood Conference in Galway to help explore the opportunities and successes in Ireland's seafood industry
13 July 2016
Bord Iascaigh Mara (BIM) attended the recent SeaFest 2016 event in Galway earlier this month, during which it successfully highlighted the importance of Ireland’s seafood sectorm, which contributed €1bn in GDP to the Irish economy and employs more than 11,000 people directly and indirectly in coastal communities, while representing 70% of Ireland’s overall “blue economy”, valued at €1.4bn.
At the event, BIM hosted at National Seafood Conference “Global Insights, Irish Opportunity” in the Radisson Hotel on 30th June that attracted more than 300 delegates from fishing, processing and retail sectors. The event called for greater inclusiveness and a determination to realise the full potential of Irish seafood.
“Our priority,” said BIM chief executive Tara McCarthy, “is to provide industry with the supports to succeed not just in the short-term but to upskill and assist our seafood producers to lay the foundation for future growth through a focused strategy on skills, sustainability, innovation and competitiveness.
“This is an exciting time to work in seafood,” McCarthy continued. This is plain to see from the strong leadership and calibre of our discussions with fishermen, processors and retailers.”
Other topics covered at the conference included the fallout from the Brexit referendum, careers at sea, maximising sustainability and more.