Announce Panel of Expert Judges for the BIM Awards 2016
Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), the Irish Sea Fisheries Board, have 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.
panel of esteemed judges bring a wealth of experience to the
table from both private and public sectors. Thanking the judging
panel for their time, Tara McCarthy, CEO, BIM said, I
am delighted to welcome this team of professionals to judge
the BIM Awards for 2016. The seafood sector is a complex business
matrix, spanning the areas of commercial sea fishing, fish farming,
processing and retailing. The panel come from a wide variety
of backgrounds, but they all have personal experience dealing
with the seafood sector. I wish them well in this difficult
task and look forward to celebrating the very best Irelands
seafood industry has to offer at our Gala evening in November.
judges are each assigned an area of expertise and they will
judge three Awards in this area. The Responsible Fisherman of
the Year, Aquaculture Environmental & Social Responsibility
Award and the Green Processor Award will be assessed by the
Sustainability Judging Panel. This panel will comprise
Conor Molloy, AEMS Authentic Energy, Finnian OLuasa, European
Seafood Manager, Bord Bia and Dr. Paul Connolly, Director Fisheries
Ecosystems Advisory Services (FEAS), Marine Institute.
New Fishing Practice Award, Innovation in Aquaculture and Innovation
in Seafood Processing Awards will be judged by the Innovation
Panel, Joe OFlynn, Senior Partner, AgriFood Business
Partners, Eamon McEvoy, Fresh Food Buyer, Dunnes Stores and
Maedbh Seoige, Enterprise Development Executive, Udaras Na Gaeltachta.
Skills category hosts the coveted BIM Young Fishmonger awards,
both the Independent Seafood Specialist of the Year and the
Supermarket Seafood Counter of the Year. The Young Fishmonger
Awards have a separate judging system and the eight shortlisted
finalists were announced in August. A Student of the Year will
also be announced at the Gala evening.
the Competitiveness Judging Panel, comprised of
Elaine Smith, Protein Specialist, Musgrave Operating Partners,
Gillian Mills, Editor, Inshore Ireland, John McCarthy, FCA Chartered
Accountant and Felix McKendry, Senior Food Development Advisor,
Enterprise Ireland will judge the Fishing Enterprise of the
Year, Aquaculture Enterprise of the Year and Seafood Enterprise/
Entrepreneur of the Year Awards. The judges will meet to review
the applications on Wednesday 12 October and the shortlisted
entrants will be announced soon afterwards. All shortlisted
applicants will be invited to attend the Gala Awards evening.
is still time to enter the BIM Awards with the deadline extended
until the 23rd September. To enter and to hear more about our
esteemed judging panel, please visit
as Coast Guard Member Dies During Search Mission
Irish Coast Guard (IRCG) regrets to announce that a volunteer
member of the Doolin Coast Guard unit lost her life on Monday
12th September when participating in a search off Kilkee for
a missing person which was being conducted by the local Kilkee
and Doolin volunteer Coast Guard units. The deceased person
was named as Caitriona Lucas. Her husband Bernard is also a
member of the Doolin unit.
RIB from Kilkee Coast Guard Unit, is believed to have capsized
and the 3 occupants (2 female and 1 male) entered the water.
Valentia Coast Guard Rescue Coordination Centre immediately
launched a major Search and Rescue operation. The 2 females
were located and recovered from the water, one by Rescue Helicopter
based in Shannon (R115), and the 2nd by Delta RIB. Both were
taken to hospital where Ms Lucas was pronounced dead.
3rd casualty, a male, was recovered from a nearby cave area,
at around 5.30pm by a Coast Guard helicopter following an extensive
and complex operation.
Coast Guard extends sincere condolences to Lucas family and
all the volunteer members of the Doolin and Kilkee units. The
Coast Guard also wishes to thank all the other organisations
that participated in the search.
for Transport, Shane Ross extended his sympathies to the Lucas
family and the colleagues of the Coast Guard; "It was with
extreme sadness that I learned of the tragedy which occurred
this afternoon in the waters off Kilkee, Co Clare.
was a member of that extraordinary group of men and women who
dedicate their skills, time and passion so that others may be
safe on our coastlines.
is an appalling tragedy; the loss of a brave and valiant woman
engaged in the most heroic of and unselfish of duties.
remarkable courage and heroism in the service of others is rarely
equalled and never surpassed. On behalf of myself and my Department
I would like to extend my deepest sympathies to the family and
friends of Caitriona - a woman who made the ultimate sacrifice
in her service to others.
would like to wish those two volunteers, who are recovering
from this appalling trauma in hospital this evening, speedy
and fulsome recoveries.
I would like to commend all the volunteers, particularly those
of Kilkee and Doolin CGUs, who responded today in such a valiant
and courageous manner in the most horrendous and difficult of
can only applaud their bravery and empathise with their sorrow
on this very, very tragic day."
supertrawler inspections after dolphin deaths"
Kelly MEP (Ireland South) is calling for regular on-board inspections
of supertrawlers fishing off the Irish coast to ensure that
they are fully compliant with the EU Common Fisheries Policy,
following a reported rise in dolphin deaths. The Fine Gael MEP
is also asking the Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA)
to review and maximise its inspections when trawlers are operating
off the Irish coast.
July 2016, in separate cases, three dead dolphins were found
on the south-west coast of Ireland in the space of one week,
one with a rope around its tail. These findings follow reports
of a rise in the number of dead dolphins on Irelands west
coast since the beginning of 2016.
is reported that large supertrawlers are currently operating
around 30km off the coast of Co Kerry. While the link between
supertrawler activity and the increase in these dolphin deaths
is not proven, the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) stresses that
caution must be taken as regards the impact of human activity
on all components of the ecosystem, Mr Kelly stressed
in an official question to the European Commission on the matter.
a response received by Mr Kelly this week, the Commission said
it takes note of the recent death of dolphins along the
south-west coast of Ireland and that it has tabled
a revised technical measures proposal which aims to ensure better
protection of cetaceans and alignment of by-catch levels to
international levels. This proposal is currently being discussed
by the co-legislators.
from Brussels today (Wednesday), Mr Kelly said: I welcome
that the Commission is monitoring the situation. The Sea-Fisheries
Protection Authority (SFPA) is responsible for yearly reports
to the Commission, but in light of these recent reports, I am
urging the SFPA to maximise inspections along the Irish coast.
the written response, the Commission added: When trawlers
are fishing off the Irish coast, the SFPA has access to satellite
Vessel Monitoring, Automatic Identification System (AIS) and
Electronic Reporting Systems (ERS) data. Regular inspections
are organised at sea and at landing by the SFPA, to check compliance
with the Common Fisheries Policy. The SFPA regularly reports
on its control and inspection activities.
Commission also confirmed that it is carrying out regular audits
in Ireland to ensure that Ireland is complying with its obligations
and has an effective monitoring, control and surveillance system
became the first European country to declare all Irish waters
a dolphin and whale sanctuary in 1991.
HAVE NOT BEEN GIVEN COPY OF DRAFT HEALTH REPORT
offshore island communities have not been given a copy of a
draft report reviewing the efficiency of health services, despite
being involved in the consultation process for the report.
Secretary of the Islands Federation. Comhdháil
Oileán na hÉireann, reveals this on the new edition
of THIS ISLAND NATION radio programme, which is supported by
the Marine Times.
Twombly, reporting for the islands representative body
says:Comhdháil Oileán na hÉireann
had for several years pushed for a nationwide consultation on
health care provision on the offshore islands as there has been
a gradual decline in the level of medical professionals and
services available as well as uneven level of care through the
Islands. This consultation of HSE employees, primary care-givers
and Island representatives has produced a draft report after
visiting the islands to assess needs. As of now, Comhdháil
and Island Committees have not been given the report for assessment
but hope that this will be allowed.
is one bit of good news, however, she reports full-time
nursing care has finally been established on Inishturk in Mayo
so residents there are breathing a bit easier.
sought for National Marine Gallantry and Meritorious Service
of Transport, Tourism & Sport is inviting nominations in
respect of the National Marine Gallantry and Meritorious Service
Awards 2016. The purpose of this awards scheme is to recognise
outstanding acts of courage, heroism, skill and initiative in
the context of marine emergency incidents. The scheme also recognises
exceptional dedication to duty in the execution of Irelands
marine emergency response. The Marine Gallantry award is presented
in the form of a medal (called the Michael Heffernan Medal for
Marine Gallantry, in memory of an individual who lost his life
during a marine incident a number of years ago). Three levels
of medal may be awarded, based on the level of gallantry involved.
The medal is awarded in gold, silver or bronze.
second award, Marine Meritorious Service Medal, may be awarded
where outstanding meritorious service has been provided to,
or within the remit of, the Irish Coast Guard. The person must
have demonstrated exceptional dedication to duty, coupled with
skill and initiative, in the execution of the service being
Marine Ministerial Letter of Appreciation may be awarded for
meritorious service where outstanding dedication to duty over
a career of service can be demonstrated, or for an act of particular
meritorious dedication, showing skill and initiative, but which
is not of an order for receipt of a Meritorious Service Medal.
National Marine Gallantry and Meritorious Service Awards Committee
is chaired by Mr Bryan Dobson of RTE. Members of the Committee
include representatives of the following, the Irish Sailing
Association, Irish Water Safety, Irish Harbour Masters Association,
Bord Iascaigh Mhara, Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport
as well as other independent members. The National Marine Gallantry
and Meritorious Awards Committee will adjudicate upon the nomination
first award ceremony took place in February 1999 and the awards
ceremony was last held on 23rd October 2014. In this round of
Awards, nominations may be considered in respect of events occurring
during the period 31st August 2014 to 31st August 2016.
of the Awards scheme, including nomination form, are available
on the Departments website www.dttas.ie/maritime/english/marine-awards.
Completed nomination forms should be submitted by Friday 9th
September 2016. The submission should be comprehensive and include
all relevant information (e.g. eye-witness statements, official
reports, maps, charts, photographs, newspaper cuttings etc.).
thirsty for publics support as H2Only
challenge is launched
September, the RNLI is challenging people in Ireland to give
up all drinks except water for 10 days to raise vital funds
for the lifesaving charity.
tea. No coffee. No fizzy drinks. No wine. No beer. No orange
juice. Just water for 10 tough days.
H2Only challenge runs from 5pm on Tuesday 13 September to 5pm
on Friday 23 September, with participants giving up the drinks
they love for 10 long days and drinking nothing but water throughout
Canning, Skerries RNLI crew member said: The H2Only challenge
is extremely tough. We know that going 10 days without a morning
cuppa, a pint after work or a can of fizzy drink will be really
hard for everyone taking part.
euro raised is so important to the RNLI. As a charity, we rely
on the support and generosity of the public so that we can continue
to save lives at sea. All the money raised by people taking
on the H2Only challenge will be greatly appreciated.
who signs up to take on the challenge will receive a pack containing
two H2Only temporary tattoos to wear. The tattoos last up to
10 days so participants can proudly display their exclusive
H2Only ink while taking on the challenge.
those brave enough to take on the challenge can sign-up now
continues: People can sign-up as part of a crew with their
friends or work colleagues and take on the H2Only challenge
together. Just like an RNLI lifeboat crew, theyll be able
to rely on each other for support when the going gets tough
and they hit choppy waters during the challenge. Id encourage
all H2Only participants to stay on the water to help the RNLI
stay on the water.
2015, RNLI volunteer lifeboat crews across Ireland launched
1,098 times and rescued 1,244 people.
@RNLI on Twitter or like the RNLI Facebook page for all the
latest H2Only news and updates.
Awards 2016 Calling for Entries!
deadline for entries to the inaugural BIM Awards 2016 is fast
approaching! We are calling for entrants from Irelands
seafood sector that stand out in the business of seafood and
want to join us in celebrating excellence in this vibrant industry.
The deadline for receipt of entries is Friday 16th September
and entering couldnt be easier. Simply visit www.bim.ie
and follow the steps to either apply online or print off your
application form and post it to us!
are a wide range of categories, covering most aspects of the
seafood sector. Training and upskilling is an integral part
of ensuring the future success of the Irish seafood sector.
BIM offers over 200 courses through our National Training Colleges
and on board our Coastal Training Units, along with specialised
workshops for industry members. The Skills Awards will celebrate
those who have excelled in their areas of training, those who
have gone the extra mile in order to achieve their goal and
will consist of two categories, Young Fishmonger of the Year
Award and Student of the Year.
BIM sustainability awards will celebrate businesses and individuals
who have gone beyond the legislative requirements and demonstrated
their commitment to the future of the Irish seafood sector.
The judges will look for companies that have placed environmental
and social concerns at the heart of their business, working
out ways to make a sustainable establishment work for them,
their employees and their customers. The Sustainability Awards
are, Responsible Fisherman of the Year, Aquaculture Environmental
and Social Responsibility Award and the Green Processor Award.
the Innovation category, the judges will be looking for individuals
or companies that have taken and applied innovative ideas, technologies
or processes to drive their seafood business. We invite applicants
who can demonstrate clear, positive outcomes for their enterprise
as a result of their innovation process. The Awards in this
section are, Best New Fishing Practice, Innovation in Aquaculture
and Innovation in Seafood Processing.
seafood enterprises are operating in a keenly competitive environment.
Controlling costs and finding ways to keep a competitive edge
and maximise value and returns are essential components to seafood
business strategies. The Awards in this section are designed
to celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit in our seafood sector
and are Fishing Enterprise of the Year, Aquaculture Enterprise
of the Year and Seafood Enterprise / Entrepreneur Award.
winners will be announced at a gala evening in the Clayton Hotel
in Ballsbridge, Dublin 4 on November 17th 2016.
our September issue this month:
Has the EU Money Gone?
Not to the Catching Sector
his monthly column the Chief Executive of the Irish Fish Producers
Organisation, Francis ODonnell, raises the question about
where has the €240 million allocated to Ireland under the
European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) has gone or been
allocated to? Without the catching sector the ancillary industry
supports dependent upon it would not exist, so why has the sector
not got its fair share of the EU money? Where has it all gone?
Why is it that scientific and control agencies in Ireland managed
to bag in excess of €75 million of the €240 million
alone? Where is the balance in all of this and how are the decisions
Essential On Pelagic Factory Vessels in Irish Waters
Gallagher reports: The relentless activity of pelagic factory
vessels operating off the Irish coast over the last number of
years has been deemed by many fishermen and their communities
as extremely biased against them, some of these vessels can
operate just off the Irish coast for months while local fishing
vessels have to remain in the harbour. The amount of quota that
these vessels are operating with for such extended periods of
time has also been called into question as has their policing
while in Irish waters.
Absurd Is The New Normal
his monthly column Richie Flynn, Executive of IFA Aquaculture,
points out the absurd nature of Government policy towards fish
farming. It wont allow enough salmon to be produced by
Irish growers, so it is planning to allow more imports of farmed
salmon. This, he writes, is a damning indictment of those responsible
for the development of Rural Ireland and the seafood sector
The government of a country with 2,700km of coastline, a chronic
unemployment problem in peripheral maritime communities and
a dependence on export earnings is now backing a plan to import
salmon for its processing industry because it wont allow
enough to be produced at home.
of Fisheries Local Development Strategies
Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed
TD has met representatives of the seven new Fisheries Local
Action Groups (FLAGs) at the National Seafood Centre in Clonakilty.
€12m is available to the FLAGS under Irelands Operational
Programme for the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF).
Each FLAG will now receive technical support to prepare a Local
Development Strategy, in consultation with local communities,
setting out the FLAG priorities for development and support
in their area.
reports and further reaction in our September issue out now!
- Photo by Alan Hennigan
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