While shortlisted candidates across 16 categories will have to wait until the night of the Marine Industry Awards 2017 to be held at the Radisson Blu Galway on June 29th to find out if they are successful, one winner has already been named.
Sean O’Donoghue will receive the Marine Industry Leader 2017, sponsored by the National Maritime College of Ireland, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the growth of the marine industry in Ireland.
Sean is a graduate of Civil Engineering from University College, Cork.
He has been the CEO of Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation since 2000. He has a long and established career in fisheries management and has worked across a wide array of areas such as the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and state seafood agency, Bord Iascaigh Mhara.
He joined Bord Iascaigh Mhara as fisheries development manager in 1998 and was one of the main architects of the Government’s £70 million (€88.8 million) renewal programme for the whitefish fleet.
He continues to play a key role in a number of important issues concerning fisheries issues such as the renewed Common Fisheries Policy, fleet restructuring, quota management and a range of other Common Fisheries Policy issues. He is actively involved in standing up for Irish fishermen in terms of Brexit and he is also a founding member of the European Fisheries Alliance (EUFA).
He is a key player in a number of important fisheries areas both at national and European level and has been influential in ensuring the interests of the fishing industry are represented as necessary.
Sean was a board member of the Marine Institute from 2001-2007. He was also a board member of BIM from 2010-2016.
He is a former Chairman of the Federation of Irish Fisherman (FIF) and is the current Chairman of Bio-Marine Ingredients Ireland Ltd (BII).
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