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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.

There were 104,600 working in agriculture and fishing combined at the end of 2018, 54.6% of national employment, a reduction on the 111,700 people employed in sector in 2017. The vast majority (95%) of this employment was in the core agriculture activities of crop and animal production. Forestry, fishing and other agriculture activities made up the remaining 5%.       

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

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  • 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 Interview Videos...

Gary Lamph - Oyster Farmer
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Gary Lamph - Oyster Farmer

David Fleming - Sub Lieutenant - Navy
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David Fleming - Sub Lieutenant - Navy

Jennifer Doyle - Nephrops Team
Posted by Marine Institute

Jennifer Doyle - Nephrops Team

Brendan Cavanagh - Ships Engineer
Posted by Bord Iascaigh Mhara

Brendan Cavanagh - Ships Engineer

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

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