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Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM)

BIM is the State agency with responsibility for developing the Irish sea fishing and aquaculture industries (excluding aquaculture industries in the Gaeltacht areas).

The programmes to pursue this mission are determined by the Board of BIM and are set out within the framework of Ministerial policy outlined in the National Development Plan 2007-2013 (NDP), EU policies and available resources.

A primary objective of BIM policy is to expand the volume, quality and value of output from the fisheries and aquaculture sectors. BIM's approach is to focus on the opportunities for growth in these sectors while seeking to alleviate constraints that impede development.

BIM provides a range of services including advisory, financial, technical and training supports to all sectors of the Irish seafood industry. The three development divisions of BIM deliver these services through a number of integrated programmes. The programmes are funded from the Exchequer, the European Commission and charges for services.

EU Co-Funded Schemes supported by BIM under the European Fisheries Fund (EFF). The co-funded schemes form part of the co-funded Seafood Development Operational Programme 2007-2013 and include the following:

  • Fleet Decommissioning;
  • Seafood Environmental Management and Certification Scheme;
  • Lobster V-Notching, Shellfish Discard and Live Return Reduction;
  • Marine Environment Protection Measure.

National Exchequer funded schemes supported by BIM at present include the following:

  • Fleet Safety Scheme.

For further details contact: B.I.M., P.O. Box 12, Crofton Road, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin. Tel: 01 2144100, Email: .