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Alongside the stream of exhibitors and visitors filing into Castletroy for the Irish Skipper Expo, the area will also welcome two of the industry’s leading conferences on the eve of the show.

IFA Aquaculture’s Annual Conference and AGM

Taking place at the Kilmurry Lodge Hotel on Thursday 24th February, the IFA Aquaculture’s annual conference and AGM will provide members with a great opportunity to attend the conference and visit the many stands at the show offering products and services to improve the aquaculture sector.

A full agenda for the day will be issued in advance of the event but will include an update on the next EMFAF programme, the National Strategic Plan for Sustainable Aquaculture, along with a brief on relevant issues relating to the sustainable development of Irish Aquaculture.

Details on registration for the event and information regarding the AGM for IFA Aquaculture members will also be issued in advance of the event.

NMCI’S Seafarer’s Conference

At the opposite side of the village, the Castletroy Hotel will host the NMCI’S Seafarer’s Conference on Thursday on the same day.

With the theme of ‘Thriving Fishing, Thriving Offshore Wind, Thriving Ports,’ the conference, sponsored by Simply Blue Group, will once again bring together representatives from Ireland’s maritime industry, supply chain workforce, and training & education institutions to explore the opportunities that exist to support and grow the fishing and offshore wind industries in Ireland in tandem.

Speakers at the event will include Caroline Bocquel, Interim CEO, BIM, Noel Cunniffe, CEO Wind Energy Ireland, Brian Hogan, Chief Surveyor Marine Survey Office, and Norah Parke, Project Coordinator Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation Ltd. Further speakers will be announced soon.

Among the topics for discussion include what the fishing industry needs to thrive; the policy regime for renewable energy; implementation of the ‘future skills needs report’; the ecosystem impacts of offshore wind farms; and the future for Ireland’s fishing ports.

To register to attend this conference in-person see here https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/nmci-seafarers-conference-2023-in-person-attendance-tickets-476456342747

or online https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/nmci-seafarers-conference-2023-virtual-attendance-tickets-477288010287