October 21, 2016


Finalists for 1st Irish BIM seafood awards announced



The Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), or Irish Sea Fisheries Board, has announced the shortlist for the inaugural National Seafood Awards.


The finalists (composed of individuals and companies) have been selected for their outstanding contributions in the areas of skills, sustainability, innovation and competitiveness. The overall winners in each category will be revealed at the gala awards ceremony at Clayton Hotel, Ballsbridge, Dublin, on Nov. 17.


BIM is hosting the inaugural Awards to celebrate Ireland's €1-billion (US$1.09-billion) seafood sector, which employs 11,000 people across the island.  The shortlist includes 38 finalists from across the seafood industry including the fishing, fish farming, seafood processing and retail sectors. 


Fifteen counties feature in the shortlist, with Donegal leading the way with 8 finalists, followed by Cork (6), Dublin (5), and Louth, Kerry and Wexford with three finalists each, Galway and Waterford (2 each), and Clare, Kildare, Kilkenny, Limerick, Longford, Mayo and Sligo (1 finalist each).


BIM Chief Executive Tara McCarthy said, "We, in BIM, are delighted to announce a shortlist of talented individuals and companies who have all excelled and contributed to a diverse industry that is the cornerstone of Ireland's agri-food portfolio. As an Island nation, the Irish seafood industry is the lifeblood of our coastal communities and it has the potential for significant growth in the years ahead. This is an exciting time to work in seafood and the BIM National Awards is a great opportunity to recognise and honour the many leaders and shining lights in this vibrant sector".


For the list of the finalists, log on to http://www.bim.ie/news-and-events/content,103161,en.html.