Irish government announces new investments in seafood companies, including salmon processors

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The Good Fish Company and Kerry Fish to get government of Ireland/European Union co-funded boost.

In a statement on Friday, Ireland’s Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Charlie McConalogue announced EUR 4.9 million in new investment in nine seafood processing companies, two of which process salmon. The investment is topped up with the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund Programme, which has provided a EUR 1 million grant.

Kerry Fish is getting EUR 185,775 for the reconfiguration of its high care department as well as towards the purchase of an automated smoked salmon slicing line. The smoker gets its organic salmon from a local supplier on the Iveragh Peninsula. It has received EUR 723,746 in total.

The Good Fish Company, a major fish processor and salmon smoker based at Carrigaline Co. Cork, is getting EUR 42,228 for a new management information system. It has received EUR 140,759 overall.

Announcing the grants, Minister McConalogue said that he was pleased to support seafood businesses.

“These are particularly challenging times with both Covid and Brexit impacting on markets and the ongoing capital investment by our seafood sector is evidence of its resilience and its optimism for future growth prospects,” he said.