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.
There are several industry sectors closely related to shipping, these include using Ireland’s ports to welcome cruise ships, offshore exploration for gas, as well as the construction and maintenance of platforms and building or repairing ships.
Sea fishing is an important focus of economic life in communities all along Ireland’s coast, providing jobs, income and investment, while playing a key role in local identity.
Fish farming, also termed aquaculture, is the activity of raising marine life in enclosures, primarily for use as food.
Ireland has several centres engaging in research of the marine environment and the life contained within it. These centres are important hubs of technological development and scientific inquiry.
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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.
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.
The Irish Seafood industry is currently valued at 1.1bn euro and employs 11,000 people, mainly in coastal counties from Donegal to Louth.