A career in the seafood industry with Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM)

By Anne Sexton - Last update

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Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) runs training courses for fishing careers. BIM is the state agency responsible for the development of the fishing industry. Their mission is to grow a thriving Irish seafood industry, as well as add value and create sustainable jobs.

Bord Iascaigh Mhara helps to develop the Irish seafood industry by providing:

  • Technical expertise
  • Business support
  • Funding
  • Training
  • Promoting responsible environmental practices


BIM courses include:

  • Electronic Navigation Systems (Fishing)
  • Skipper Full Certificate of Competency
  • Commercial Fishing QQI Award (Major) Level 5 – Further Education + Training
  • ELearning Navigation and Stability QQI Award (Minor) Level 5
  • Navigation Control Course (Fishing)
  • Second Hand Full
  • Second Hand Limited

BIM certificates are necessary to work in the fishing industry. Fishermen and women generally begin as deckhands on fishing vessels. Their duties include loading and repairing fishing nets, catching, sorting and gutting fish, as well as keeping the boat and machinery clean and in working order. In addition, they may need specialists skill as bigger fishing vessels also have high-tech equipment.

Skippers have many responsibilities. They plan voyages and are also in charge of the overall operation of the vessel. This includes navigation, the maintenance of equipment, the catch, as well as the safety of the vessel and crew. They must also be familiar with international regulations. Finally, skippers try to ensure that each fishing trip makes a profit.

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Anne Sexton

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