“In addition to training and mentorship, we are also working with women across the catching, aquaculture, processing and retail industries to develop a network to share information and ideas that will further progress and elevate their role.”
BIM’s campaign tells the stories of women in various roles and increases their visibility and “celebrates their contribution to this valuable industry,” he added.
BIM works closely with the catching sector where many women work behind the scenes managing the accounts for fishing businesses, or are the key communicators and representatives in their fishing communities.
The agency has formed partnerships with international women’s groups to gain insights into how they have developed effective networks, including the Australian Women’s Industry Network Community (WINC).
Attending a recent networking event in Ireland, Jayne Gallagher, Director of WINC, said that while Australia and Ireland were “worlds apart” in circumstances and experiences, everyone wanted their story to be heard.
“We are passionate about our industry and we want to have an impact. Working together we can help ensure a viable future for the seafood industry. Ensuring women are recognised and supported in their roles takes courage and determination, and the fledgling network here needs nurturing from its members and its stakeholders to maximise its impact and potential for the wider seafood industry.”
In 2017, Ireland’s seafood sector contributed €1.15bn to GDP.