18th December

Looking to the United States for innovation and cluster development initiatives

 

Dr Valerie Cummins has returned to Ireland following a seven-week programme in the U.S. to investigate ways to improve the maritime economy of Ireland.  Dr Cummins was sponsored by the prestigious U.S. Eisenhower Fellowships programme, chaired by General Colin L. Powell, U.S.A (Ret).

Dr Valerie Cummins with General Colin Powell

Dr Valerie Cummins with General Colin Powell

An expert in maritime development, coastal zone management, and sustainability science, Dr Cummins directs IMERC – the Irish Maritime and Energy Resource Cluster. IMERC unites Ireland's largest maritime institutions – University College Cork; the Cork Institute of Technology, (including the National Maritime College of Ireland) and the Irish Naval Service – to establish Ireland as a leader in marine energy and maritime industries.

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Summer of marine science & technology

Lisa Fitzpatrick, Marine Institute

All eyes will be on Irish marine science this summer during two prominent events. The first will be held in Galway at the Ocean Wealth Showcase in the Volvo Ocean Race Global Village, June 30-July 8. The second takes place the following week at the European Science Open Forum (ESOF) 2012, Convention Centre Dublin from July 11-15.Dr Peter Heffernan; David Fahy, ESOF; Minister Simon Coveney; Ciara Backwell, An Taoiseach Enda Kenny; Jim Fennell, and Lydie Dieval

Dr Peter Heffernan; David Fahy, ESOF; Minister Simon Coveney; Ciara Backwell, An Taoiseach Enda Kenny; Jim Fennell, and Lydie Dieval

The Ocean Wealth Showcase opens with fun activities for the family scheduled for the weekend. The focus then shifts to marine information and communications technology (ICT) and how we can get the most from our marine resource through marine technology.

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Taoiseach’s support for new marine plan seen as strong political statement

HARNESSING OUR OCEAN WEALTH, the government’s much-anticipated Integrated Marine Plan has been unveiled by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny who says that no effort will be spared implementing it.

Subtitled a roadmap ‘for integrated actions’ the plan expects to see Ireland, for the first time, evolve ‘a system of policy and programme planning’ for its maritime affairs. Nevertheless, it cautions that it will have to be achieved ‘within the over-riding medium term fiscal framework and budgetary targets adopted by the Government’.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny launches Harnessing our Ocean Wealth. Photo Dave Ruffles

Taoiseach Enda Kenny launches Harnessing our Ocean Wealth. Photo Dave Ruffles

The plan sets the ambitious twin target to increase the turnover from Ireland’s ocean economy to more than €6.4bn by 2020, and to double the value of its ocean wealth to 2.4% of GDP by 2030.

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News from the seabed…

 Dr Anuschka Miller (SAMS) & André Cocuccio (MCA)

Since January 2011, a European Union funded project has been surveying areas including Dundrum Bay and SE Mourne Coast, Carlingford Lough and Approaches and Dundalk Bay, to gather information on the depth, shape and sediment type of the seabed. The project is also responsible for gathering data off the west coast of Scotland. 

Multibeam echosounder image of newly discovered 113m long and 1.3m high shipwreck lying in Dundalk Bay at a minimum depth of 17.9m. Image courtesy of Chris Martin, Marine Institute

Multibeam echosounder image of newly discovered 113m long and 1.3m high shipwreck lying in Dundalk Bay at a minimum depth of 17.9m. Image courtest of Chris Martin, Marine Institute

With first results beginning to emerge, a previously unknown shipwreck has just been discovered in Dundalk Bay.  So far, researchers have been unable to find any records relating to the wreck, which appears to lie upside down. Comprising a bulky rectangular object with a flat top surface and a long mast-like structure protruding from it, the wreck looks like a giant spade sitting on the seabed.

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GeoSeas implements e-infrastructure of marine geological and geophysical data centres

Koen Verbrugggen, GSI

The GeoSeas Full Network meeting took place on April 18-19 in Santorini, organised by NOA – Oceanographic Agency of Greece.The Geo-Seas project is implementing an e-infrastructure of 26 marine geological and geophysical data centres located in 17 European maritime countries.

Users are enabled to identify, locate and access pan-European, harmonised and federated marine geological and geophysical datasets and derived data products held by the data centres through a single common data portal.

EMODnet Project

EMODnet project

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Dawn breaks on an Integrated Marine Plan for Ireland

In an exclusive interview with Inshore Ireland, Minister Simon Coveney outlines some of the finer points of the government's document Our Ocean Wealth, which invites public opinion on new ways, new approaches and new thinking to develop Ireland’s maritime resources.

Why has government undertaken this public consultation process?
A number of months ago we embarked on putting together an integrated marine plan for Ireland, and one of the things I wanted to do was to dramatically increase the priority and focus on the marine resources that we have.

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Simon Coveney, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine launches Our Ocean Wealth. Photo Gillian Mills

Taking our seabed into account, Ireland is one of the largest states in the EU with sovereign or exclusive rights over one of the largest sea to land ratios at ten: one. Our land resource is 90,000 km2, but our marine resource is 900,000 km2. And at 7,500km, our coastline is longer than that of most European countries.

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