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IFA Aquaculture today (26th September) hosts its inaugural Aquaculture Conference and Annual Meeting at the Connacht Hotel, Galway. The event is supported by Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) who will host ‘Taste the Atlantic – Celebration of Irish Aquaculture’ later today.

Opening the conference IFA President, Joe Healy said, “Significant work has been undertaken by the IFA Aquaculture Committee over the past number of months to develop a consolidated approach that best represents the interests and concerns of the aquaculture industry in Ireland. Today’s conference will formalise this”.

In addition, attendees will hear from industry stakeholders on matters such as; the recent aquaculture licencing review, the new HABS database and current market trends.

Later today, BIM will launch a new app for the sector to aid industry identify and record invasive species.

IFA Aquaculture Chairman, Michael Mulloy said, “Events such as these are a great opportunity for stakeholders from all aspects of the Irish aquaculture industry to come together and share knowledge, expertise and experience. I’d particularly like to thank BIM for its support in delivering this conference and look forward to continuing to work with all parties for the success of the sector”.

The Chairman of IFA Aquaculture Michael Mulloy has criticised the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine’s lack of support and failure to promote Irish aquaculture production in light of a report which shows output levels plummeting here.

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IFA Aquaculture has announced the appointment of Teresa Morrissey to the role of Aquaculture Executive.

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IFA’s shellfish farming sector Chairman, Michael Mulloy, said today that the latest report by the EPA showing a dramatic increase in breaches of sewage treatment regulations around the coast must be acted upon immediately if Ireland is to retain its reputation for safe quality seafood.

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IFA President, Joe Healy has welcomed the publication today of the report of the Independent Aquaculture Licence Review Committee (IALRC) which was set up under FoodWise 2025 by Minister Creed to address the serious delays and flaws in the aquaculture licencing system managed by his Department.

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