Harnessing our Ocean Wealth
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Harnessing our Ocean Wealth
Archie Donovan - INFOMAR Project Manager

The first annual ‘Our Ocean Wealth Conference’ took place in Dublin Castle on June 18th with the aim to review the progress of Ireland’s first Integrated Marine Plan for Ireland, Harnessing Our Ocean Wealth.
Ocean Wealth Conference
Archie Donovan, Project Manager for INFOMAR, at the Ocean Wealth conference
with Karl Brady, Underwater Archaeology Unit of National Monuments Service.

The conference, attended by five Government Ministers and the An Taoiseach demonstrates the Government approach to drive the three goals of Harnessing Our Ocean Wealth – a thriving maritime economy, healthy ecosystems and engaging with the sea.

Various topics were addressed during the conference including marine and fisheries sectors plans, new tax regime for offshore petroleum taxation, the development of Wild Atlantic Way (Ireland’s first long-distance touring route, stretching along the Atlantic coast from Donegal to West Cork) and the development of a new Marine Spatial Planning system.

Dr Peter Heffernan, CEO Marine Institute highlighted the key role of research and innovation in delivering the goals of Harnessing Our Ocean Wealth. Dr Heffernan also highlighted Ireland’s successful performance in international marine research including EU earnings.

Minister Coveney
Simon Coveney, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine
speaking at Our Ocean Wealth Conference

The Conference was attended by over 400 delegates from the public and private sector. The Marine Institute, the GSI and the INFOMAR programme were well represented at the event with various interactive stands. This was a great opportunity to meet important stakeholder across various marine sectors.