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Seafood Technologist
Aileen Deasy

Aileen Deasy
Fish Filleter
Brendan White

Brendan White
Oyster Farmer
Gary Lamph

Gary Lamph
Fisherman
Alan O'Neill

Alan O'Neill
Fish Farm Manager
Hugh Heraghty

Hugh Heraghty
Skipper
Liz O'Toole

Liz O'Toole
Ships Engineer
Brendan Cavanagh

Brendan Cavanagh
Research & Development Manager
Jane Kennedy

Jane Kennedy
Fishmonger
Nicola O'Higgins

Nicola O'Higgins
Fisherman / Skipper
Ivan Toole & Paul O'Sullivan

Ivan Toole & Paul O'Sullivan
Skipper
Noel O'Sullivan

Noel O'Sullivan
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Are you someone who thinks that the Seafood Industry is only about boats, fish catches and a life on the ocean wave?

Well, think again...

Are you someone who thinks that the Seafood Industry is only about boats, fish catches and a life on the ocean wave?

Well, think again...

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"The job is very enjoyable, you get plenty of fresh air and sunshine"
Fisherman / Skipper
Ivan Toole & Paul O'Sullivan
"You need to be quite organised - between paperwork and making sure you have everything you need for the trip"
Fisherman
Alan O'Neill
"With this job you get to wear a lot of different hats, you get to be a chef one day and a marketer the next"
Research & Development Manager
Jane Kennedy
"It’s a great line of work if you have the passion for it you’ll have no problem doing it"
Oyster Farmer
Gary Lamph
"You need to be hard working, enjoy the outdoor life regardless of the weather and must be willing to work as part of a team at all times."
Fish Farm Manager
Hugh Heraghty
"You need to work with people in the industry as knowledge is everything - where to buy, who from, when etc."
Fishmonger
Nicola O'Higgins
"I can be quite patient which is a good quality for this job plus I can be a hard worker"
Ships Engineer
Brendan Cavanagh
"When you are an owner and Skipper you have to account for everything - the book stops here"
Skipper
Noel O'Sullivan
"Ending up with a product that you see in the supermarket is very exciting and makes it all worthwhile "
Seafood Technologist
Aileen Deasy

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Bord Iascaigh Mhara, the State agency with responsibility for developing the Irish Seafood Industry was established by the Sea Fisheries Act, 1952. BIM’s mission is to promote and support the sustainable development of the Irish seafood industry in coastal regions and enhance its contribution to employment, income and welfare both regionally and nationally.



The policies to pursue this mission are determined by the Department of Agriculture Fisheries and Food, and are outlined in BIM's Strategy document Delivering on the Potential of Seafood 2010 - 2012

A primary objective for BIM is to improve the quality and value of output from sea fish and aquaculture sectors by focussing on opportunities in these sectors and seeking to alleviate constraints that impede sustainable development. To achieve this objective, BIM provides a range of services including technical expertise, business support, funding, training and promoting responsible environmental practice.

Clientele
BIM’s clients include fishermen, fish farmers, processors and those engaged in marketing Irish seafood, in addition to students, educators, the media, seafood consumers and the general public.

The National Fisheries College operates in two main locations, Greencastle, Co. Donegal, and Castletownbere, Co. Cork.

National Fisheries College of Ireland, Greencastle, Co. Donegal.
Bord Iascaigh Mhara’s National Fisheries College of Ireland, Greencastle, Co. Donegal is located on the Inishowen peninsula, approximately 32Km from Derry City.

The college offers a range of training courses in the catching, engineering and safety sectors which are accredited by Quality & Qualifications Ireland (QQI) (formerly FETAC) and the Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport. The qualifications are therefore both nationally and internationally recognised.

Entry to BIM’s training courses is direct to the college, as BIM is not part of the CAO system. Therefore, there are no points required, however, for some of the courses, there are specific subject requirements. Candidates are chosen for the course places by interview.

The college offers a QQI Certificate in Commercial Fishing (Level 5) which aims to give new entrants and existing practitioners comprehensive training in fishing vessel operations, boat handling, net mending, basic engineering and safety at sea skills, in order to prepare the participants for work as a crew member on fishing vessels. This course commences in September each year.

Individuals who have chosen a career in fisheries and have a minimum of two years sea service can progress to command positions through the acquisition of Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport accredited Deck Officer Certificates of Competency. These highly practical courses teach a range of navigation and safety skills to those whose ambition is to become a skipper or mate of a commercial fishing vessel. These courses are run several times a year at the college.

Marine engineering skills training is provided for new entrants and experienced engineers alike and includes practical work experience in real seagoing conditions, to prepare course participants for eventual employment as an Engineer Officer on board a fishing vessel. New entrants commence at Class Three and with additional study and sea service, they can progress eventually to Engineer Officer Certificate of Competency Class One. These courses commence in September each year.

BIM also offer a range of safety and radio courses at the college, including a 3- day safety training, 1-day Enhanced Safety Training and Radio Certificates of Competency. These courses are run on a regular basis. The college boasts an elevated working trawler deck, state-of-the-art computerised simulation equipment, net loft, engine room, workshops and a training vessel, the MFV “Lough Swilly”, library and a student common room.

National Fisheries College of Ireland, Castletownbere, Co. Cork.
Bord Iascaigh Mhara’s National Fisheries College of Ireland, Castletownbere, Co. Cork is located on the Beara peninsula, approximately 50Km from Bantry.

The college offers a range of training courses in the catching, engineering and safety sectors which are accredited by Quality & Qualifications Ireland (QQI) (formerly FETAC) and the Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport. The qualifications are therefore both nationally and internationally recognised.

Entry to BIM’s training courses is direct to the college, as BIM is not part of the CAO system. Therefore, there are no points required, however, for some of the courses, there are specific subject requirements. Candidates are chosen for the course places by interview.

The college offers a number of aquaculture courses which range from a basic introductory module aimed at giving new entrants a foundation in fish farming methods to a QQI Level 5 Certificate in Aquaculture. This QQI Level 5 Certificate in Aquaculture course commences in February each year. A programme in Seaweed On-growing which is also accredited by QQI is available to learners.

The college delivers a QQI Level 5 Marine Engineering Processes programme. This course aims to provide participants with a basic understanding of the operation of marine diesel engines and associated machinery on small vessels. This course is run on a regular basis.

Individuals who have chosen a career in fisheries and have a minimum of two years sea service can progress to command positions through the acquisition of Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport accredited Deck Officer Certificates of Competency. These highly practical courses teach a range of navigation and safety skills to those who ambition is to become a skipper or mate of a commercial fishing vessel. These courses are run several times a year at the college.

BIM also offer a range of safety and radio courses at the college, including a 3- day safety training, 1-day Enhanced Safety Training and Radio Certificates of Competency. These courses are run on a regular basis.

The college boasts a net mending and construction loft, engineering workshop, a radio communication room, aquaculture work boats and RIBs (rigid inflatable boats).