Six Donegal companies shortlisted for BIM National Seafood Awards

first_imgSix Donegal based companies have been shortlisted for awards at the inaugural BIM National Seafood Awards. Donegal is the county with the highest number of finalists in Ireland.BIM is hosting the inaugural Awards to celebrate Ireland’s €1 billion Seafood Sector which employs 11,000 people across the island. The shortlist features 38 finalists from across the seafood industry in the fishing, fish farming, seafood processing and retail sectors.The finalists have been selected for their outstanding contributions in the areas of Skills, Sustainability, Innovation and Competitiveness and the overall winners in each category will be revealed by at a Gala Awards ceremony in the Clayton Hotel, Ballsbridge, Dublin on the 17th November 2016.The Donegal companies shortlisted are:Island Seafoods Ltd, Killybegs. Staff of Island SeafoodsCategory: Sustainability – Green Processor of the YearIsland Seafoods is a family-owned and run business based just outside Killybegs, Co. Donegal. A verified member of Bord Bia’s Origin Green programme, their fish are fully traceable from “net to fork” and are caught in the North East Atlantic. Island Seafoods was the first company in Ireland to be RSS (Responsibly Sourced Standard) certified by BIM.Managing Director, Mick O’Donnell has been responsible for and integral in driving the green initiative within Island Seafoods. The company has a “squeaky clean carbon footprint” they say as they have their own Hydro-electric plant which saves over 350 tonnes of greenhouse gases a year. They are also moving into wind energy. Their state-of-the-art waste water treatment plant was commissioned in 1996 and is now seen as the standard for the industry.In addition to the above, Island launched a range in the last couple of years called “Atlantic Treasures” – this features ready-to-cook products such as Smoked Mackerel infused with Ginger, Chilli & Lime or Honey & Mustard. This range has won numerous Blas na hEireann, Chef’s Choice and Great Taste awards.Marine Harvest Ireland, Letterkenny. Category: Sustainability – Aquaculture, Environmental and Social ResponsibilityFounded in 1979, Marine Harvest Ireland (MHI) is a fully integrated salmon farming, processing and sales company based in Letterkenny, Co. Donegal.In 2015, MHI became the first salmon farm to attain the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) salmon standard for its sea site at Deenish Island, Ballinskelligs Bay, Co. Kerry – this is one of the highest international environmental and social sustainability standards in the fish farming sector. This year, two additional sites were added to the ASC certified farms list – Ahabeg in Bantry Bay and Inishfarnard, Co. Cork. MHI is aiming for 100% ASC certification by 2020.MHI’s environmental management system complies with ISO 14001:2015 and the Global Gap Integrated Farm Assurance Standard, Aquaculture Base. The company is also a verified member of the Bord Bia Origin Green programme since 2013. They are an active member of geographically-relevant CLAMS (Co-ordinated Local Aquaculture Management Scheme) groups and actively encourage staff to participate in the An Taisce Clean Coast campaign.MHI’s objective is to be a global leader in sustainable seafood production for the future and they established Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for fish meal used to feed their fish. They, and the salmon industry, have been able to reduce the dependency of marine raw materials in salmon feeds by around 50% over the last ten years. MHI is a member of the Global Salmon Initiative (GSI).McBride Fishing Co. Ltd., Letterkenny.Category: Competitiveness – Fishing Enterprise of the YearMcBride Fishing employs 60 staff in Letterkenny, Co. Donegal. The company has developed a new and hitherto unsupplied customer base in Asia and has targeted new customers higher on the value chain in Europe and Asia in order to achieve greater financial return.McBride Fishing has developed a direct supply system from vivier vessel to specialist holding tanks to packaging to airfreight facility. This ensures only the top quality crustaceans are selected. Storage in the holding system conditions the crab for airfreight and the transport time is minimal resulting in a premium product delivered to customers.The company has specially designed vessels which incorporate an automatic pot handling system to reduce labour and manual handling. An Olex Seabed mapping system has been introduced across the fleet so they can now target dedicated fishing grounds for more efficient fishing operations. Foyle Warrior Ltd, Greencastle. Category: Innovation – Best New Fishing Practive AwardFoyle Warrior Ltd. has introduced new mesh netting on its vessel the Foyle Fisher, in a mixed demersal fishery in the Celtic Sea. The introduction of the new T90 mesh has resulted in major reductions in catches of undersize whiting therefore complying with new regulations.The quality of the catch is also greatly improved and the crew has to spend less time picking and sorting the catch. Less time spent handling the catch means more time fishing and greater profitability. Substantial improvements in fish quality also add value to the catch.Marty McGing, Killybegs. Category: Sustainability – Responsible Fisherman of the YearMarty McGing works off the “Olgarry SO591” which is based at Killybegs, Co. Donegal. His vessel is registered to BIM’s SEMS (Seafood Environment Management System) and RSS (Responsibly Sourced Standard) and is also MSC certified for mackerel, blue whiting, Atlanto Scandian herring and Celtic sea herring.They own and use a grid that is placed between the net and the brailer which diverts small, undersized fish out of the net and allows them to swim away safely. New meshes and ropes keep the net open wider for longer which reduces drag and fuel consumption. Marty also added a new 10.8m section to the boat, which as well as improving carrying capacity, is anticipated to improve fuel efficiency by 10%. William Spense, Downings.Category: Sustainability – Responsible Fisherman of the YearWilliam Spence skippers “MFV Amy Jane II” which is based at Downings, Co. Donegal. The vessel has been used for trials for the EU-funded project, EfficientShip which aims to demonstrate reduction in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by converting waste heat into energy. When with his previous boat, “Heather Jane II”, William was responsible for the vessel meeting targets and maintaining records which became the basis for BIM’s Responsibly Sourced Standard (RSS).Amy Jane II’s catch is removed carefully from pots and stored in vivier tanks (which monitor oxygen and toxin levels) and these are maintained to a very high standard to minimise mortality. Crustaceans which don’t meet market requirements are returned to the sea as quickly as possible.William’s commitment to waste management on and off shore is demonstrated by the fact that he has waste oil recycled by a local firm which generates power for the local mussel grading plant.BIM’s Chief Executive, Tara McCarthy comments, “We, in BIM, are delighted to announce a shortlist of talented individuals and companies who have all excelled and contributed to a diverse industry that is the cornerstone of Ireland’s agri-food portfolio. As an Island nation, the Irish Seafood Industry is the lifeblood of our coastal communities and it has the potential for significant growth in the years ahead. This is an exciting time to work in seafood and the BIM National Awards is a great opportunity to recognise and honour the many leaders and shining lights in this vibrant sector’Six Donegal companies shortlisted for BIM National Seafood Awards was last modified: November 4th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more