An ‘exceptional’ line-up of speakers will present at a major seafood conference on June 30, opening the annual Ocean Wealth and Seafest events in Galway, running until July 3.

This full-day conference and networking event, Global Insights, Irish Opportunity, organised by BIM, Ireland’s seafood development agency, will bring together leading experts and global representatives from the natiional and international seafood and agri-business communities, government and academia.


The speaker lineup includes Mary Shelman, former Director of the Agribusiness Programme, Harvard Business School; Malcolm Beveridge, Head of Agriculture, FAO Rome: Jean Jacques VandeHeede, AC Neilsen Europe and Aidan O’Driscoll, SG of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.

“As the global demand for healthy protein continues to increase, seafood is in a unique position. It delivers on every macro driver – from health, environment and quality to convenience,” remarked Tara McCarthy, BIM chief executive.

She added that the conference was about creating a “long-term vision” for the seafood industry, and was an opportunity for all stakeholders “from fishermen to processors” to play an integral role in shaping the future direction of the industry – and that of their own companies.

Moderated by broadcaster and author Olivia O’Leary, the conference programme  includes presentations and discussions on market intelligence; consumer thinking; challenges facing global seafood supply and insights into potential synergies within the Irish seafood sector.

Breakout sessions in the afternoon will facilitate dialogue on transforming knowledge into action and finding workable solutions to current challenges. Identified priorities of sustainability, competitiveness, innovation and skills will be common to the sessions on ‘fishing profitably with zero discards’; ‘repositioning your company and products to maximise value’; ‘demonstrate sustainability or be locked out’ and ‘working in seafood – a  career for life‘.

Networking opportunities will continue in the evening at the Maritime Industry Awards that recognise excellence across the sector. Two new awards: ‘Seafood Sustainability’ and ‘Seafood Business Innovation’ are sponsored by BIM. Details on

Registration for the BIM National Seafood Conference is free but spaces are limited.