Oireachtas Committee to discuss BIM report

Representatives from Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) will go before the Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine to consider their agency’s 2011 Annual Report.

Committee Chairman Andrew Doyle TD says: “The seafood industry is worth about €750 million to the Irish economy annually and Bord Iascaigh Mhara is the State agency responsible for supporting and developing the industry across a range of sectors. Much of this economic activity takes place in peripheral coastal communities. The 2011 annual report outlines the agency’s contribution to efforts to reach the Harvest 2020 targets of €1 billion in revenue, which includes a 78 percent increase in aquaculture volume production. Our Committee looks forward to exploring with BIM representatives tomorrow how the sustainable harnessing of our seafood potential can assist in Ireland’s economic recovery.”

UPDATE: Due to the late sitting of the Dáil last night, the meeting has been rescheduled for 12:30pm today (11 July) at 9:30 am. Committee proceedings can be followed live here.