BIM is returning as headline sponsor for Irish Skipper Expo this year. The trade show event has moved to Limerick this year and is being held in the Sports Campus on the grounds of the University of Limerick on the 13th and 14th of March, 2020.
BIM’s recent study of the economic impact of the Irish seafood industry on the country’s 10 main ports will form the focus of a breakfast seminar at this year’s event.
The BIM stand this year will include live demonstrations of the digitised version of the fisheries management chart. Up until now, the chart has been produced on an annual basis in paper form and this will continue to be the case. The printed chart and its online counterpart feature key regulations such as quota and technical conservation measures that are applicable to the fishing industry in Ireland.
Examples of selective gear will be suspended over the BIM stand as underwater footage taken during recent gear trials with members of the Irish fishing industry plays on screens.
The coastal training unit will be on site at the entrance to the show throughout the two days. Water and fire safety at sea are among the safety training planned.
Visitors to this year’s Irish Skipper Expo will also be encouraged to sign up to the Clean Oceans Initiative and BIM staff will be on hand throughout the two-day event to provide support and information on fleet and training grant aid.