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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

  • Career Opportunities
  • Education and Training
  • Summer Bursary Programme
  • About this Sector 

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Posted by Marine Institute

Career Interview Videos...

Caroline Cusack - Biological Oceanographer
Posted by Marine Institute

Caroline Cusack - Biological Oceanographer

Nicola O'Higgins - Fishmonger
Posted by Bord Iascaigh Mhara

Nicola O'Higgins - Fishmonger

Gary Lamph - Oyster Farmer
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Gary Lamph - Oyster Farmer

David O'Sullivan - Marine Biologist and Geoscientist
Posted by Marine Institute

David O'Sullivan - Marine Biologist and Geoscientist

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

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