Ireland’s only commercial turbot farm scales up production –

Ireland’s only commercial turbot farm scales up production Published:  03 March, 2004

A DELEGATION from Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), led Mr. Hugh Byrne, BIM chairman, visited Ireland’s only commercial turbot farm, Turbard Iarthar Chonamara Teo (TIC Teo) in Letirmor, Co. Galway in late February.

Údarás na Gaeltachta and BIM have worked in close co-operation with TIC Teo, which has seen steady growth from its pilot phase to full scale production, reporting a harvest of 50 tonnes of turbot in 2003 worth almost €400,000. They also received funding from the Aquaculture Implementation Programme of the FIFG.

With the addition of a new €100,000 water system provided by BIM, turbot production will be scaled up to a planned output of 300 tonnes at a value of €2.5 million over the next three to five years. BIM and Údarás na Gaeltachta are currently assessing the potential for Black Sole and Halibut and plan to begin farming these additional species in the near future.

TIC Teo are also working towards accreditation to the world class EN45011 quality scheme, which will enable them to join BIM’s Quality Seafood Programme. They also plan to gain organic certification.

Congratulating TIC Teo on their success, BIM Chairman, Mr. Hugh Byrne said: “BIM are delighted to have worked closely with Údarás na Gaeltachta in assisting TIC Teo through their development stages. The new water unit will open up diversification opportunities for them, and allow all-important traceability and quality systems to be put in place. On behalf of the Board I congratulate TIC Teo on their foresight, innovation and market-led approach to developing their business and wish them continued success into the future.”