Participants of this year’s BIM aquaculture workshop Photo: BIMParticipants of this year’s BIM aquaculture workshop Photo: BIM

Ten start-ups from backgrounds including technology and artificial intelligence have taken part in this year’s Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) Aquaculture Workshop.

This year’s event, run by Hatch and supported by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund, was hosted online owing to the Covid-19 pandemic. The workshop ran from 5 to 16 October.

Richard Donnelly, BIM salmon and shellfish manager, highlighted the innovation needed to power the aquaculture sector today. “The aim of these workshops is to continue to position Ireland as a leader in the next phase of aquaculture innovation by helping to speed up the development of promising start-ups,” he said.

Transparency in seafood production and trade, energy-saving technology for land-based systems and wastewater expertise are just some of the areas of focus for the 2020 participating businesses.

Wayne Murphy, chief operating officer at Hatch, commented on the range of skills. “We were incredibly pleased with the quality of participants and range of technologies applying,” he said.

“Sessions with the Hatch team ranged from the global aquaculture landscape industry pain points, venture capital with Aquaspark, strategy and planning, investor readiness and to the protection of IP, making it a busy and productive week,” he added.

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