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Ocean of opportunity for Inishowen's seafood sector 21.06.22

SAFER has launched an open call for new, fully funded technology pilots aimed at organisations operating in the seafood sector, including Inishowen.

SAFER is a transnational innovation project, co-funded by the Interreg Atlantic Area Programme 2014-2020, that aims to improve the innovation performance of the seafood industry by increasing technology adoption and transnational cooperation. The project, led by ERNACT, brings together academia, public authorities, and marine organisations across 5 countries, to implement and improve manual processes utilising innovative technological solutions.
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The first phase of project SAFER saw four successful pilot initiatives implemented in the Northwest, with researchers at the ATU Donegal WiSAR Lab and Údarás na Gaeltachta collaborating with the Loughs Agency, Irish Fish Canners and seafood giant MOWI.

Academic Director of the WiSAR Lab at ATU Donegal, Dr Nick Timmons, highlighted the strong impact of the previous SAFER pilots.
“Since the project commenced in 2017, WiSAR has worked with various organisations operating in the blue economy including two separate pilot initiatives with the Loughs Agency, a cross-border organisation, that aims to provide sustainable economic and environmental benefits through the development of marine resources in the Foyle and Carlingford Areas. These pilot initiatives included the development of a remote, oyster farm monitoring solution and an oyster bag tagging app, for sustainable oyster fishing.”

Project leader, Jose Manuel, of ERNACT, said that “We are delighted to launch this new open call for pilot initiatives under SAFER, building on the previously successful implementation of several pilots and we would encourage all organisations operating in the seafood industry across Donegal and the Northwest to get in touch with us to explore the potential to improve a process, service or product and drive greater efficiencies”
“It has been a very challenging time for the sector in navigating the challenges posed by Brexit and Covid-19, and this new SAFER call is a great opportunity for organisations to revaluate processes and enhance competitiveness.”

Dr Nick Timmons appealed to local seafood organisations to take advantage of the new SAFER pilot call in response to the ongoing uncertainty within the sector.
“The adoption of new technologies can increase the efficiency and moreover, the sustainability, of the marine economy, which is crucial to many local economies, including Donegal.”
“This new pilot call presents a timely and unique opportunity for local seafood organisations to mitigate the ever-increasing challenges posed by the global marketplace without the need for in-house expertise or capital commitments.”
I would urge all seafood organisations in the Northwest to consider applying for this new SAFER pilot call before the closing date on June 30th.”

To apply for the new SAFER pilot call visit or for more information email .
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