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What are your interests?

Naturalist?

Naturalist

Not surprisingly, some aspect of the natural sciences will run through the Naturalist's interests - from ecological awareness to nutrition and health. People with an interest in horticulture, land usage and farming (including fish) are Naturalists.

Some Naturalists focus on animals rather than plants, and may enjoy working with, training, caring for, or simply herding them. Other Naturalists will prefer working with the end result of nature's produce - the food produced from plants and animals. Naturalists like solving problems with solutions that show some sensitivity to the environmental impact of what they do. They like to see practical results and prefer action to talking and discussing.

About

As an island nation the Maritime, Fishing & Aquaculture sector is extremely important to Ireland. All of our goods come in from overseas, often through our ports. Fishing is the bedrock of many coastal communities, with fish farming adding to the employment from sea fishing. Ireland’s waterways are a major tourist attraction, especially for anglers.

Skills

    operating machinery, people management, communication, problem solving, health and safety, physical fitness, maintaining machinery, managing resources, active listening, teamwork, animal care, health and safety, physical fitness, technology, physical labour,

Key Facts

2,127
registered fishing vessels in 2018
653
million worth of seafood exported in 2018
343k
tonnes of wild and farmed seafood caught in 2017
6.70%
growth in Shipping and Maritime Employment between 2014-16

Labour Market Information

The Irish seafood sector employs over 14,000 people and is worth €1.15 billion to the economy. Although a growing sector over the last 7 years, the United Kingdom's decision to withdraw from the European Union poses many challenges for the seafood sector. Future access to fishing grounds, quota allocation, and regulatory divergence are but some of the issues, unique to seafood, that remain unresolved.

Advice from Experts...

If you want to know more about working in the in the sector, hear what the experts have to say.

Maritime Careers

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Career Videos...

 
Aileen Deasy - Seafood Technologist
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Aileen Deasy - Seafood Technologist

 
Noel O'Sullivan - Skipper
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Noel O'Sullivan - Skipper

 
Nicola O'Higgins - Fishmonger
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Nicola O'Higgins - Fishmonger

 
Triona McGrath - Chemical Oceanographer
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Triona McGrath - Chemical Oceanographer

Career Interviews

Brendan White, Fish Filleter

My main tasks are to make sure that the fish are in the best possible condition before filleting and that the fillets are to the highest of standards

Liz O'Toole, Skipper

A motivated person can easily progress up the career ladder with great personal and relatively good financial reward

College Course Videos...

 
Freshwater and Marine Biology - Galway Mayo Institute of Technology - GMIT
Posted by Galway Mayo Institute of Technology - GMIT

Freshwater and Marine Biology - Galway Mayo Institute of Technology - GMIT

 
Freshwater and Marine Biology - Galway Mayo Institute of Technology - GMIT
Posted by Galway Mayo Institute of Technology - GMIT

Freshwater and Marine Biology - Galway Mayo Institute of Technology - GMIT