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Naturalist?

Naturalist

Not surprisingly, some aspect of the natural sciences will run through the Naturalists 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.

Sectors
Source: National Skills Bulletin

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

2,050
registered fishing vessels in 2017
666
million worth of seafood exported in 2017
361k
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.

Career Opportunities in the Sea Food Industry

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. The modern Seafood Industry includes a wide range of specialisations and career opportunities to suit every skill set.

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Posted by Bord Iascaigh Mhara
Career Opportunities in the Sea Food Industry
Career Opportunities in Marine

The marine industry is a global one with many opportunities to travel and work abroad through careers in offshore services, seafarers & shipping and marine science and research.

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Posted by Marine Institute
Career Opportunities in Marine
Qualifications Required in Marine

Marine education is provided primarily through the third level education system in Ireland.

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Posted by Marine Institute
Qualifications Required in Marine
About this Sector

The Irish Seafood industry is currently valued at 1.1bn euro and employs 11,000 people, mainly in coastal counties from Donegal to Louth.

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Posted by Bord Iascaigh Mhara
About this Sector
About the Maritime Sector

The ocean is a national asset for Ireland, supporting a diverse marine economy, with vast potential.

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Posted by Marine Institute
About the Maritime Sector
Career Advice

Many of those involved in fishing and aquaculture have the entrepreneurial drive to develop and manage their own businesses, be it trawler, fish-farm processing business or retail unit.

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Posted by Bord Iascaigh Mhara

In This Sector...

Bord Iascaigh Mhara
Career Opportunities in the Sea Food Industry

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. The modern Seafood Industry includes a wide range of specialisations and career opportunities to suit every skill set.

Read More
Bord Iascaigh Mhara
About this Sector

The Irish Seafood industry is currently valued at 1.1bn euro and employs 11,000 people, mainly in coastal counties from Donegal to Louth.

Read More
Bord Iascaigh Mhara
Career Advice

Many of those involved in fishing and aquaculture have the entrepreneurial drive to develop and manage their own businesses, be it trawler, fish-farm processing business or retail unit.

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Career Interview 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

David Fleming - Sub Lieutenant - Navy
Posted by Defence Forces

David Fleming - Sub Lieutenant - Navy

Ivan Toole & Paul O'Sullivan - Fisherman / Skipper
Posted by Bord Iascaigh Mhara

Ivan Toole & Paul O'Sullivan - Fisherman / Skipper

College Course Videos...

Seafood - Bord Iascaigh Mhara
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Seafood - Bord Iascaigh Mhara