The first ‘dedicated’ seafood awards, focussing on skills, sustainability, innovation and competitiveness, will celebrate the best fishermen, fish farmers, processors and retailers throughout Ireland’s seafood sector in an event organised by BIM.

BIM Awards 2016 revised rev rgb

The Irish seafood sector comprises some of the most interesting, innovative and driven people in business life. BIM is delighted to create an occasion to celebrate, highlight and promote the excellent people and enterprises working in this sector. I urge as many people as possible to apply and help us acknowledge the truly exceptional work undertaken in this vibrant industry,” remarked Tara McCarthy, BIM chief executive, announcing the call for entries.

Recognising the importance of upskilling and developing a career path in the sector, BIM will also name the Student of the Year as well as the Young Fishmonger 2017.

The ‘sustainability’ umbrella will host the Responsible Fisherman of the Year, Aquaculture Social and Environmental Award and the Green Processor Award.

Celebrating ‘innovation’ across the industry will include the Best New Fishing Practice Award, Innovation in Aquaculture Award and the Innovation in Seafood Processing Award.

Seafood leaders and entrepreneurs will also be recognised for their competitive edge through the Fishing Enterprise of the Year, Aquaculture Enterprise of the Year and Seafood Entrepreneur/ Enterprise of the Year Awards.

The Awards will be announced at a gala evening on November 17 in the Clayton Hotel, Ballsbridge, Dublin.

Details available on: http://www.bim.ie/our-services/industry-awards-2016/

Closing date for entries is Friday September 16, 2016.