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Environmentally sustainable practices of Irish aquaculture focus of documentary to air in December

The sustainable practices of the Irish aquaculture industry will form the focus of a Euronews documentary being broadcast later this month. Richard Donnelly, Salmon and Shellfish Manager, BIM and John Harrington, Kush Shellfish were interviewed as part of the documentary to tell the story of Irish organic mussels.

Aquaculture production was valued at €172million to the Irish economy last year according to the 2019 BIM Business of Seafood report. Irish organic salmon remained the top value export at €110million while farmed shellfish accounted for €60million of the total value.

Richard Donnelly, BIM said: “When people think of organic, they link it to the feed being organic but don’t factor in other aspects. However, organic speaks to a much broader ecological and ethical mindset. If you take the example of organic mussels being produced in Kenmare, Co Kerry, it’s about working in harmony with nature. The EU organic regulations also take account of wider environmental management practices focusing on aspects such as waste management and energy use to improve overall environmental performance of member businesses.”

Kush Shellfish were among the first rope grown mussel farm in Ireland to produce organic mussels. The family run farm is based in Kenmare Bay in a special area of conservation designated under the European Union Habitats Directive. The business is largely export led weighted toward the continental European markets.

The documentary will air on Euronews on Tuesday the 22nd of December at 20:52 CET and is being translated into nine languages to air across Europe this month.

Skipper Expo 2021 Postponed to June

Mara Media, the organiser of Irish Skipper Expo 2021, has decided it is necessary to postpone the event in March 2021 to take place in UL Sport Limerick on Friday 4 and Saturday 5 June 2021.

Hugh Bonner, managing director of Mara Media said: “This move is unfortunately unavoidable, it has become evident that March 2021 would be too early to host your Irish Skipper Expo. We are closely monitoring the world health situation, Irish government regulations and travel restrictions while also considering the concerns of our exhibitors and visitors.”