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Ireland’s marine minister, Michael Creed, will deliver the opening address at the 2017 BIM national seafood conference in Galway (June 29).

Minister Creed will outline his views on how his Department ‘will ensure that seafood continues to play a vital role’ in Ireland’s agri-food sector, to maximise its contribution to economic growth and exports in an environmentally-sustainable manner.

A guest panel discussion will follow, chaired by Cecil Beamish, Secretary General of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, to explore the implications for Ireland’s seafood sector amid government assurance that fisheries and sectoral concerns are ‘high on the EU agenda’.

The agency’s four strategy pillars of Competitiveness, Skills, Innovation and Sustainability are key drivers of the conference agenda, described as ‘critical’ to delivering on Foodwise 2025 and to build progress achieved under Food Harvest 2020.