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Creative people are drawn to careers and activities that enable them to take responsibility for the design, layout or sensory impact of something (visual, auditory etc). They may be atrracted to the traditional artistic pursuits such as painting, sculpture, singing, or music. Or they may show more interest in design activities, such as architecture, animation, or craft areas, such as pottery and ceramics.

Creative people use their personal understanding of people and the world they live in to guide their work. Creative people like to work in unstructured workplaces, enjoy taking risks and prefer a minimum of routine.

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 14,600 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.

Irish Seafood Industry

  • Career Opportunities
  • Education and Training
  • Career Advice 
  • About this Sector

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Posted by Bord Iascaigh Mhara
Irish Seafood Industry
Maritime Careers

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

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Posted by Marine Institute
Maritime Careers
National Fisheries College

  • Maritime Training Programmes
  • QQI Accredited 
  • No CAO Points 
  • Locations in Cork and Donegal

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Posted by Bord Iascaigh Mhara

Career Videos...

 
Alan O'Neill - Fisherman
Posted by Bord Iascaigh Mhara

Alan O'Neill - Fisherman

 
Caroline Cusack - Biological Oceanographer
Posted by Marine Institute

Caroline Cusack - Biological Oceanographer

 
Brendan Cavanagh - Ships Engineer
Posted by Bord Iascaigh Mhara

Brendan Cavanagh - Ships Engineer

 
Bernie Ní Chongaile - Administration Assistant in RV Ops
Posted by Marine Institute

Bernie Ní Chongaile - Administration Assistant in RV Ops

Career Interviews

Liz O'Toole, Skipper

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

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

College Course Videos...

 
Seafood - Bord Iascaigh Mhara
Posted by Bord Iascaigh Mhara

Seafood - Bord Iascaigh Mhara

 
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