Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), Ireland’s seafood development agency is returning as main sponsor to Irish Skipper Expo 2020 next spring. The trade show, being held in Limerick next year, is set to be the biggest yet. More than 3,000 members of the fishing sector attended last year’s show in Galway.
Sustainability will underpin BIM activities at the trade show next year. Last month BIM was announced as one of 12 champions for the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The UN SDGs, launched just over three years ago, have been established as a call to action for world leaders to address the global issues to reduce hunger, poverty and climate change by 2030. Other SDG Champions include the GAA, An Post and the Women’s Council of Ireland.
Jim O’Toole, CEO BIM said: “The environment, economic and social sustainability of the Irish seafood sector is central to BIM’s strategy. BIM is proud to be among 12 leading and quite diverse organisations in Ireland take on the role of SDG in the first year of this exciting programme to drive sustainability.”
A team of BIM staff will be on hand to provide information and advice on the latest developments with net gear technologies, Clean Oceans Initiative activities, including fishing for litter and the circular economy of fishing gear and grants and funding specific to sustainable fishing practices.
Live demonstrations of the new interactive fisheries management chart online will also be given throughout the two day event.
Ian Lawler and Ronán Cosgrove, BIM talk to visitors at last year’s Irish Skipper Expo