Science & Technology in Action

BIM

BIM is the State Agency responsible for developing the Irish Seafood industry. BIM’s primary objective is to ensure a long-term, economically viable and sustainable future for Ireland’s coastal communities, whose livelihoods directly or indirectly depend on the seafood industry, at sea and ashore. BIM provides a broad range of development services to the industry, from the sea to the table.

BIM has focused on the modernisation and restructuring of the Irish fishing fleet to improve safety and working conditions for fishermen. BIM has developed environmentally-friendly fishing methods such as square mesh panels to release juvenile fish and acoustic devices to deter dolphins from accidentally entering tuna nets.

BIM also supports the sustainable development of the aquaculture industry that produces farmed fish and shellfish. BIM has developed environmental initiatives such as CLAMS (Co-ordinated Local Aquaculture Management Systems), a system to encourage public consultation on local aquaculture and ECOPACT, designed to encourage adoption of Environmental Management Systems within the aquaculture sector.

BIM’s marketing strategy promotes the consumption of quality Irish seafood products at home and abroad. It achieves this by offering commercially relevant services to the industry at all stages from vessel or fish farm to fork. The services include financial support and providing key product and market information through BIM’s overseas offices. The Seafood Development Centre (SDC) provides consultancy advice on seafood product innovation and food related legislation.

BIM’s training centres are based in Greencastle and Castletownbere and are supported by two mobile Coastal Training Units. The aim is to develop a knowledge - based Irish seafood industry and provide essential skills and safety training to all sectors. Courses are available to new entrants or those already engaged in the industry.

For more information about BIM please log on to www.bim.ie.