Assisting Irelands fisheries for the better

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Ocean Focus aims to assist and educate Ireland’s fisheries, whilst offering support to families across the country who have lost loved ones due to fishing tragedies.

I spoke with Gillian Miles, the founder of Ocean Focus about its purpose, and aim to make a positive impact on the fishing industry.

We began, by discussing Gillian’s background and what led her to start Ocean Focus:

I began a work career in tourism PR (Bord Failte). My background in sailing led to connecting with the marine sector.

I entered the media world following the publication of an article in the Irish Independent: ‘Hooked on Hookerism’ (experiences of sailing the Galway Hooker timber boats). I then was a Contributor to ‘Classic Boat’; and a reporter and editor for 5 yrs at the Irish Skipper.

I co-founded Inshore Ireland Publishing Limited and created Inshore Ireland (now Ocean Focus) as a bymonthly magazine published as a supplement with the Irish Farmers Journal for five years.

In the space between 2010 and 2020, we moved between independent publishing, to rebranding as Ocean Focus and moving online.

Gillian spoke of how her background was logical for her current projects at Ocean Focus:

“Looking back it was a logical progressing given my passion for traditional boat sailing and writing about traditional boats”.

We spoke about the last year, and what she considers her biggest successes, and also what she would have done differently:

“In truth, it’s been extremely difficult but we believe that specialist, niche media platforms have a place and can compete against in-house social media marketing. To have made the change sooner insofar as we would have been ahead of the ‘coronavirus curve’ and recission impact symptoms. It takes time to build connections.

She referred to her current work, and its relevance during COVID-19:

“We can help businesses to connect with customers in the marine, maritime, seafood, and freshwater sectors. We provide daily news on these sectors that we communicate through our media channels”.

We finished up, by discussing Gillian’s goals, and going forward, the issues that she and Ocean Focus want to cover:

“The offshore renewable energy sector is on a major growth trajectory given Ireland’s targets in line with European directives. Our objective is to be a recognised media channel for Ireland’s ORE sector; to communicate their stories and to be a platform for their businesses.

For the future, we want Ireland to be recognised as a world leader in marine research and development and as an offshore floating wind resource”.

To find out more about Gillian’s work, feel free to follow her on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/gillian-mills-00a94b12/.

and be sure to get to know Ocean Focus through its website:
https://oceanfocus.ie/


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