At the Ocean Wealth conference were Simon Coveney, TD, Minister for Agriculture Food and the Marine with Dr Peter Heffernan, CEO, Marine Institute, An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, TD, Miguel Margues, PricewaterhouseCopper and John Killeen, Chairman, Marine Institute. Photo: Jason Clarke Photography
At the first launch of the Ocean Wealth strategy this week, Simon Coveney, TD, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine outlined the significant progress made to date in implementing the Government’s 2012 Harnessing Our Ocean Wealth: An Integrated Marine Plan for Ireland.
The Government plan has been assisted by the Irish Marine Federation. IMF Board member Brian O’Sullivan from Tralee, County Kerry contributed to the marine tourism aspect of the strategy. The Dublin Castle launch of the initiative was attended by IMF board members Paal Janson and Bernard Gallagher from Dun Laoghaire marina in County Dublin and Greystones marina in County Wicklow respectively.
The Minister said “today’s event brings together some of the most important figures in the Marine sector, and places it firmly in the spotlight as an industry with a significant economic and social contribution to make. It provides us with an opportunity to take stock of what has been achieved since Harnessing Our Ocean Wealth was published and to consider how to meet future opportunities and challenges”.
Minister Coveney said that “I have spoken today about the many initiatives which have flowed directly or indirectly from HOOW. Integrating our marine policy is leading to significant results already but this is not a short term strategy. The target of doubling the percentage of GDP contributed by marine sector is an ambitious one but is more than achievable. Reaching those targets will depend on public and private sectors working collectively to make our ambitions for the sector a reality. We must be bold and radical in our ambitions for the sector and open to a range of new ideas”.
Read more on the Ocean Wealth conference on Afloat.ie
Pictured are (left to right) Pat Ward, Dublin Port Company's Head of Corporate Services Lord Mayor of Dublin, Oisín Quinn. Paul Cooper, Deputy Officer in Charge, Irish Coast Guard - Howth Station
The first phase of a safety sign roll out in Dublin Bay has just been launched. This phase involves 31 signs located along the north Dublin coastline at Ring Buoys and Bathing Shelters. Each sign will have its location displayed; this aims to improve the efficiency of the response of the emergency services when they receive an urgent call for help. A problem often encounter by the Coast Guard is knowing where the exact location of an emergency is, if a casualty is in the water or on a beach directing a lifeboat, helicopter or ground crew to a scene needs to be done without delay. The project is a joint initiative between Dublin Port Company, the Irish Coast Guard and Dublin City Council and is hoped will save time and lives in rescues on the Dublin Bay coastline. More here from Afloat.ie
Richie Fearon, former Clipper Skipper prepares to welcome the Clipper fleet to Derry
25 Days to Go!.. Richard Fearon of Lough Swilly Yacht Club is getting excited about the homecoming of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race during the Legenderry Maritime Festival in Derry from 21-29 June. Richie himself skippered one of the Clipper Yachts in the 2009-10, 40,000 mile race.
The fleet of twelve 70ft Clipper ocean racers will arrive beneath the Foyle Bridge from Saturday 21st June for the week-long festival in Derry~Londonderry, before setting off on their final race leg from Greencastle Co Donegal on Sunday 29th June, along with a stunning display from the RAF Red Arrows. Richard is pictured with Anna Dalton and Meghann McKeever.
Legenderry Maritime Festival website here
Eleven member Marinas met in Howth Yacht Club to discuss a number of issues including current business conditions, Blue Flag Marina Scheme, development plans in County Kerry, the rigid interpretation of Habitat 2000 regualations.
The Government initiative, Our Ocean Wealth, towards an Integrated Marine Plan for Ireland was discussed in regard to a submission by the Irish Marine Federation.
Failte Ireland’s Ethna Murphy, Manager, Destination Development, gave a presentation on the development of a marine leisure tourism policy and the research that is on going. Ethna shared some of the tourism statistics around Adventure Tourism and how the marine leisure product is very much part of this growing tourism sector.
The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD will officially open the new Cork Harbour Marina, Monkstown, Co. Cork on Saturday April 7th. at 2.30pm.
The board and the members of the Irish Marine Federation and the Irish Marina Operators Association wish Cork Harbour Marina every success in the future.
Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney, TD, launches Consultation Process
Simon Coveney TD, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, today launched a public consultation process on how to harness the potential of Ireland’s vast marine resource to tap into a Trillion Euro global market for marine products & services (including seafood, tourism, shipping, oil and gas, renewable ocean energy and new applications for health, medicine and technology).
Launching the public consultation ‘Our Ocean Wealth’, Minister Coveney said, “We need to change the way we in Ireland think about the sea and look for new opportunities to harness the potential of our 220 million acre marine resource. This government is determined to generate the momentum to drive forward a new era of sustainable economic development across the maritime sectors – we must avail of these opportunities to assist in our recovery. We want your help to shape our plan, to shape our future and to assist in our drive towards our nation’s economic recovery”.
This public consultation represents a significant step in a process to develop an Integrated Marine Plan for Ireland and move from generating only 1.2% of GDP from this vast and diverse marine resource, which covers an area 10 times the size of Ireland’s land mass.
Minister Coveney added “We need an Integrated Marine Plan to harness our ocean wealth, get the environment right for investment and use the potential of our marine economy to create jobs in a sustainable manner”.
Get informed about the issues and join the debate at ouroceanwealth.ie.
The consultation phase will be open until 31st March 2012 and it is envisaged that an Integrated Marine Plan will be published during summer 2012.