Shines Seafood was set up in 2015 by Marianne & John Shine. I was a fisherman for over 20 years & we ran a fish and chip shop in Donegal. We decided to explore a business idea that we had for over 10 years and we were offered a place on the next Food Academy programme in Carrick on Shannon, Leitrim. We completed the programme and armed with the knowledge to go to the next step, we started to set up our business.
My experience in the fish business helped us to source Irish Albacore Tuna direct from the Irish boats. We have established a brand for Irish Tuna. This will improve the price that Irish fishermen obtain for their product and is a positive development for Irish fishermen and their communities. The journey started in October 2014 and our product was on the shelves in Supervalu stores some months later. Today, we are in over 200 stores nationwide. 2016 is going to be a very busy year for the Shine family.