Learn everything there is to know about seafood at the Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) and Bord Bia Seafood Experience. Dynamic exhibits and virtual reality displays will explain how Irish seafood is sustainably caught and farmed.

View up-close a variety of live fish and shellfish species from Irish waters, such as lobsters, Dublin Bay prawns, spider crabs, oysters, scallops and other common seafood species. Watch BIM’s customised animation featuring Professor O’Mara who will explain how fish and shellfish are sustainably farmed. As a brand new exhibit for 2018, take a virtual reality stroll under the sea to meet the creatures of the deep in a thrilling immersive experience unlike anything you will have seen before.

Informative exhibits will also showcase how fisherman around the coast are playing their part to reduce marine litter through BIM’s Fishing for Litter initiative. BIM will also promote the importance of safety at sea with live demonstrations of the latest compact personal flotation devices for fishermen in a custom made pool outside the exhibit.

For seafood lovers, some of Ireland’s best known chefs will prepare culinary delights using sustainably-sourced produce. Enjoy live cookery demonstrations from Galway restaurateur JP McMahon, Michael O’Meara of Oscar’s Seafood Bistro in Galway and author of the top-selling Sea Gastronomy and Oliver Dunne, the youngest Irish chef to be awarded a Michelin star.

BIM’s Young Fishmongers of the Year, Scott Smullen and Anne Stephens, and the 2016 Young Fishmonger of the Year George Stephens will show you how easy it is to prepare fish and seafood at home.

Friday 29th June
2.15pm Fishmonger
3.30pm Michael O’Meara
4.45pm Fishmonger

Saturday 30th June
11.00am Fishmonger
11.45am Michael O’Meara
1.00pm Fishmonger
2.00pm JP McMahon
3.30pm Fishmonger
4.15pm JP McMahon
5.30pm Fishmonger

Sunday 1st July
11.00am Fishmonger
11.45am Michael O’Meara
1.00pm Fishmonger
2.00pm Oliver Dunne
3.30pm Fishmonger
4.15pm Oliver Dunne
5.30pm Fishmonger

Speak with Joan Mulloy, the first Irish female sailor to compete in the world-famous Solitaire du Figaro race. Joan’s yacht will be on display outside the BIM/Bord Bia Seafood Experience, see first-hand how she will undertake this sailing challenge.

Joan is also the daughter of mussel producer Michael Mulloy of Blackshell Mussels, and with the support of BIM, Joan will be promoting Ireland’s connection with the sea and the seafood producers on BIM’s Taste the Atlantic – a Seafood Journey trail on the Wild Atlantic Way.

So whether you want to know more about our fishing industry or you simply want to taste delicious locally caught seafood from our many dedicated seafood producers – make sure you look out for BIM’s Big Top on the Dock!