Bord Iascaigh Mhara (The Irish Sea Fisheries Board (BIM)) is the Irish State agency with responsibility for developing the Irish Sea Fishing and Aquaculture industries. BIM aims "to promote the sustainable development of the Irish seafood industry at sea and ashore and support its diversification in the coastal regions so as to enhance the contribution of the sector to employment, income and welfare both regionally and nationally”.
A primary objective of BIM policy is to expand the volume, quality and value of output from the seafish and aquaculture sectors. BIM provides a range of services including advisory, financial, technical, marketing and training supports to all sectors of the Irish seafood industry. The four development divisions of BIM; Fisheries Development Division; Market Development Division; Aquaculture Development Division and Marine Services Division deliver these services through a number of integrated programmes.
BIM links directly with Irish fishing vessels through onboard handling programmes and with seafood companies, through marketing intelligence and training. BIM have strong links with many institutions including the Ashtown Food Research Centre (AFRC) under the Seafood Innovation Link (SIL), which assists seafood companies with all aspects of market-led product development, packaging, ingredients technologies and with the development of nutraceutical products from raw material of marine origin and by-product utilisation.
BIM’s clients are fishermen, fish farmers, processors and all those engaged in marketing Irish seafood. All activities at BIM promote the production of quality Irish seafood to an extremely high standard with due diligence and responsibility for the environment