Thirteen coastal local authorities are to receive €2.2m for development and repair projects at 52 harbours and slipways nationwide. The package will cover maintenance and repair works in addition to supporting development and enhancement of facilities and marine leisure initiatives.
Kilmore Quay, Co Wexford to receive €48,750 towards harbour lighting and upgrade of electrical bollards at the marina
Funding for State harbours is "essential" to the wellbeing of rural coastal communities, remarked Michael Creed, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine.
Former Irish President Mary Robinson is confirmed as the key note speaker at this year's marine summit in Galway, June 29&30.
Now in its fifth year, 'Our Ocean Wealth' forms a key part of Government's integrated marine plan Harnessing our Ocean Wealth and is a key event for the marine sector and related industries, offering a platform for discussion on the future of Ireland's marine sector.
Scientists from both sides of the Irish Sea have completed a week-long expedition that explored extensive submerged landscapes been Ireland and Britain, and sampled sediment from 20 sites in Liverpool and Cardigan Bays.
Scientific crew of RV Celtic Voyager, l-r: Dr Martin Bates; Rosie Everett; Eithne Davis; Dr C Richard Bates and Kevin Kearney
IT Sligo, University College Cork and the Marine Institute joined the University of Bradford's 'Europe's Lost Frontiers' on board the Marine Institute's Celtic Voyager to study a 'palaeolandscape' of plains, hills, marshlands and river valleys 'in which evidence of human acivity is expected to be preserved', according to project team.
The European Commission has published a stakeholder survey as part of a follow up to the EU Strategy on Plastics scheduled for adoption in January 2018. The objective is to provide input, opinions and data to prepare follow-up to the strategy particularly from single-use plastics and fishing gear.