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Wild Atlantic Shellfish a finalist in National Seafood Awards

Wild Atlantic Shellfish in Lissadell is a finalist in the inaugural National Seafood Awards, organised by Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), the winners of which will be announced on 17th November.

BIM is hosting the Awards to celebrate Ireland’s €1 billion Seafood Sector which employs 11,000 people across the island.  The finalists have been selected for their outstanding contributions in the areas of Skills, Sustainability, Innovation and Competitiveness.

Wild Atlantic Shellfish is shortlisted in the “Aquaculture Enterprise of the Year” category (Competitiveness).  It is owned and operated by the four primary producers of oysters in Sligo Bay – Lissadell Shellfish hatchery, Atlantic Clams Ireland, Armada Shellfish and Coney Island Shellfish.   Previously known as the North West Clam Marketing Group, it was rebranded and restructured in January 2015 to focus on marketing, packaging and sales with a particular focus on exports.

The company’s competitive advantage is their closed system of management whereby all seed is sourced from their on-site hatchery, ensuring that Sligo Bay has remained free of viral and bacterial infections commonly found on sites where seed is imported.

Exports to South East Asia started in June 2015 and exhibiting at the Seafood Expo Global 2016 in Brussels and at FHA 2016 in Singapore generated significant orders for the company.  They were granted membership of the Bord Bia Origin Green programme in October 2015.  www.wildatlanticoyster.com

The shortlist for the first ever BIM National Seafood Awards features 38 finalists from across the industry in the fishing, fish farming, seafood processing and retail sectors. The panel of ten judges was chaired by Joe O’Flynn, Director of AgriFood Business Partners.   Winners will be revealed by MC, Des Cahill at the Gala Awards ceremony in the Dublin on the 17th November 2016.