A 216m extension to the quay at Castletownbere – Ireland’s premier whitefish port – is in response to overall landing activity that has grown from 19,030t in 2010 (€30m) to 30,522t (€99m) in 2017. Foreign vessel landings represent 370t and 1,543 respectively. The project is in tandem with works to the harbour’s administration building to bring the port up to ‘best international standards’.
The new facilities will put Castletownbere and the wider seafood sector “on a par with the best of Europe,” remarked marine minister, Michael Creed.
“This will drive forward the local economy on the Beara Peninsula and allow for a major expansion of the seafood support sector and other marine-related industries in the southwest” and will open up further economic diversification, he said.