Friday 31 July 2015

World's largest marine foods plant to be built in Donegal

Published 02/04/2014 | 11:25

Minister for Agriculture, Marine and Food Simon Coveney
Minister for Agriculture, Marine and Food Simon Coveney

THE world's largest marine food ingredients plant is set to be constructed in Killybegs, it has been announced.

The plans were announced by the Killybegs Fishermen’s’ Organisation and a Norwegian partner company.

The plant is set to become fully operational by January 2017,  and will produce valuable high-end marine protein for human consumption.

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney has welcomed the plans, a boost to the fishing industry in the region.

"This facility will become a ‘game-changer’ in the seafood sector.  It will position Killybegs and Ireland as a global leader in supply and research around new products and benefits from protein, oils and calcium associated with the sea." He said.

"I am delighted that the new food ingredients project will maximise the value of a significant part of this fishery and centre the associated economic activity and jobs in the heartland of Ireland’s fishing community.

The Minister was speaking at the BIM National Seafood Conference today in Dublin.

Minister Coveney said at the Conference that Ireland should take full advantage of the resources off the coast:  "Ireland may currently be a small player in the context of world seafood, however, given the huge resources around our coast  it is clear that we should have major ambitions for sustainable growth of our seafood sector."

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