Maritime, Fishing & Aquaculture


As an island nation the Maritime, Fishing & Aquaculture sector is extremely important to Ireland. All of our goods come in from overseas, often through our ports. Fishing is the bedrock of many coastal communities, with fish farming adding to the employment from sea fishing. Ireland’s waterways are a major tourist attraction, especially for anglers.


  • communication
  • active listening
  • geography
  • health and safety
  • health and safety
  • maintaining machinery
  • managing resources
  • animal care
  • operating machinery
  • people management
  • physical fitness
  • physical fitness
  • physical labour
  • problem solving
  • teamwork
  • technology

Key Facts

About This Sector

Labour Market & Jobs

The Irish seafood sector employs over 14,000 people and is worth €1.15 billion to the economy. Although a growing sector over the last 7 years, the United Kingdom's decision to withdraw from the European Union poses many challenges for the seafood sector. Future access to fishing grounds, quota allocation, and regulatory divergence are but some of the issues, unique to seafood, that remain unresolved.

There were 104,600 working in agriculture and fishing combined at the end of 2018, 54.6% of national employment, a reduction on the 111,700 people employed in sector in 2017. The vast majority (95%) of this employment was in the core agriculture activities of crop and animal production. Forestry, fishing and other agriculture activities made up the remaining 5%.       

Current Jobs