Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) launched a new certification standard to drive sustainability in the Irish Fishing Sector, at the Skipper Expo International trade show in Galway today (3 March).
The BIM Responsibly Sourced Seafood Standard is a third party accreditation that certifies fishing vessels that adhere to strict criteria regarding Care of the Catch, Traceability and Provenance, Training, Welfare and Social Sustainability.
Michael Keatinge, Interim CEO, BIM said: “The Irish Seafood Sector and in particular the catching sector understands the ever increasing need to actively demonstrate their commitment to responsible fishing practices.
“With 7 fishing vessels certified under the updated Responsibly Sourced Seafood Standard and a target of 40 by year end; this standard will provide an independently certified raw material source that links in with the sector’s sustainability charter, Origin Green.
“This integrated approach to Irish seafood is vital for competitiveness, especially on our existing and emerging export markets, where sustainability is a key criterion for business.”
With seafood exports valued at €557 million in 2016 and domestic sales of seafood reaching €239 million, the demand for seafood continues to grow. BIM is working directly with fishermen, fish farmers, processors and retailers through an integrated sustainability programme to ensure the Irish sector operates responsibly and profitably.
For more information on any of the sustainability initiatives, visit Bim.ie
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