Caroline Bocquel, chief executive of BIM, will deliver a keynote speech at the annual conference.

Minister and seafood agency chief are lined up for Irish aquaculture conference


IFA Aquaculture, the fish and shellfish arm of the Irish Farmers’ Association, has opened registration for its annual conference in Limerick next month.

Charlie McConalogue, Ireland’s minister for agriculture, food and the marine, and Caroline Bocquel, chief executive of Ireland’s seafood development agency Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) are the keynote speakers.

Agenda items include an update from government officials on aquaculture policy and licensing; offshore renewable energy and Irish aquaculture; nature restoration law and Irish aquaculture; and an update on funding programmes and upcoming European Maritime Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund (EMFAF) schemes.

The conference and annual general meeting will be held at Kilmurry Lodge Hotel, Castletroy, Limerick, from 10am to 4.30pm on Thursday, February 22, and there will be an IFA Aquaculture dinner that evening from 7pm.

Tickets for the conference & AGM only are €20 each, and dinner is an additional €40. Bookings can be made here.