And the winners are… BIM Seafood Sector Awards 2016

The inaugural BIM Seafood Sector Awards were held last night at a gala evening in the Clayton Hotel, Dublin.

The awards celebrate and highlight the excellence in Ireland’s seafood industry. BIM put out the call to the public to nominate the finest finest fishermen, fish farmers, processors and retailers in Ireland’s renowned seafood sector. The award were broken down into four categories: Skills, Sustainability, Innovation and Competitiveness.

The panel of judges then chose the best from the 38 finalists and last night they were honoured at the glamorous awards event. The ceremony officially opened by Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Mr. Michael Creed, T.D. and hosted by renowned sports journalist and broadcaster, Des Cahill.

And the winners are….

Category: Skills

Student of the Year: Barry Shaw (Killybegs, Co. Donegal)

Young Fishmonger of the Year (Independent Seafood Specialist): Stephen Hurley, The Fish Shop, Glenmar Shellfish, Union Hall, West Cork

Young Fishmonger of the Year (Supermarket Seafood Counter): Eimantas Zvirblis, Donnybrook Fair, Malahide, Co. Dublin

Category: Sustainability

Responsible Fisherman of the Year: Jim Connolly, Supreme II, Clogherhead. Co. Louth

Aquaculture Environmental & Social Responsibility Award: Blackshell Farm, Newport, Co. Mayo

Green Processor of the Year: Island Seafoods Ltd, Killybegs, Co. Donegal


Category: Innovation

Best New Fishing Practice: Foyle Warrior Ltd, Greencastle, Co. Donegal

Innovation in Aquaculture: Dungarvan Shellfish Ltd, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford

Innovation in Seafood Processing: Oceanpath/Dunn’s of Dublin (Howth, Co. Dublin) & Goatsbridge Trout Farm (Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny)


Category: Competitiveness:

Fishing Enterprise of the Year: DC Fish Ltd (Union Hall, Cork)

Aquaculture Enterprise of the Year: Kush Seafarms Ltd, Kenmare, Co. Kerry

Seafood Enterprise of the Year: Sofrimar, Kilmore Quay, Co. Wexford

The final award of the evening, the BIM Lifetime Achievement Award, was presented to the family of a true leader in his field, the late Mr. Martin Howley, as BIM Chairman Kieran Calnan explains; ‘Martin exemplified everything you need to be a great leader. He led by example starting as a fisherman in Killybegs in the 1970’s rising to become a pioneering mackerel Skipper then a successful businessman and a great leader in the fishing industry. His passion, energy and innovative spirit were a unifying and driving force. Martin is a most worthy recipient of the BIM Lifetime Achievement Award’

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