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Marine Minister Launches Consultation on Marine Research & Seafood Sector

4th December 2013
Marine Minister Launches Consultation on Marine Research & Seafood Sector

#marine – The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD, today launched a public consultation process on the preparation of a Marine Research and Seafood Sector Low Carbon Roadmap. This sectoral roadmap is being prepared in connection with the Minister's proposed obligations under the Climate Change Action and Low Carbon Bill.

The Minister is inviting views from stakeholders to contribute to the formulation of this sectoral roadmap, which will in turn contribute to a national low carbon roadmap.

In launching the consultation Minister Coveney said "It is long recognised that marine science is a critical part of our understanding of climate change. The Gulf Stream and other Atlantic currents have a direct impact on the weather we experience both on land and at sea. The Marine Institute has been engaged in longstanding research on the effects of climate change observed in Irish waters. Through the development of Ireland's Integrated Marine Plan, Ireland is poised to harness our ocean wealth by utilising marine research and innovation to boost Ireland's marine economy.

Ireland's sustainable seafood credentials are increasingly important to the consumer and to the long-term development of the sector. The resources of our marine environment, which our fishermen and seafood producers rely on for their livelihoods, are particularly vulnerable to the changes in our climate and sea-level rise. For these reasons it is important to give stakeholders an opportunity to participate in the development of their sectoral roadmap."

Ireland's seafood and fisheries sectors have high-growth potential and are critically important to the Irish economy. The seafood sector currently employs 11,000 people with annual sales of €700 million. Under Food Harvest 2020, it is planned to increase revenue to €1 billion and employment to 14,000 by 2020.

This preliminary stakeholder consultation runs until Friday 27 December 2013.

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Marine Science Perhaps it is the work of the Irish research vessel RV Celtic Explorer out in the Atlantic Ocean that best highlights the essential nature of marine research, development and sustainable management, through which Ireland is developing a strong and well-deserved reputation as an emerging centre of excellence. From Wavebob Ocean energy technology to aquaculture to weather buoys and oil exploration these pages document the work of Irish marine science and how Irish scientists have secured prominent roles in many European and international marine science bodies.

 

At A Glance – Ocean Facts

  • 71% of the earth’s surface is covered by the ocean
  • The ocean is responsible for the water cycle, which affects our weather
  • The ocean absorbs 30% of the carbon dioxide added to the atmosphere by human activity
  • The real map of Ireland has a seabed territory ten times the size of its land area
  • The ocean is the support system of our planet.
  • Over half of the oxygen we breathe was produced in the ocean
  • The global market for seaweed is valued at approximately €5.4 billion
  • · Coral reefs are among the oldest ecosystems in the world — at 230 million years
  • 1.9 million people live within 5km of the coast in Ireland
  • Ocean waters hold nearly 20 million tons of gold. If we could mine all of the gold from the ocean, we would have enough to give every person on earth 9lbs of the precious metal!
  • Aquaculture is the fastest growing food sector in the world – Ireland is ranked 7th largest aquaculture producer in the EU
  • The Atlantic Ocean is the second largest ocean in the world, covering 20% of the earth’s surface. Out of all the oceans, the Atlantic Ocean is the saltiest
  • The Pacific Ocean is the largest ocean in the world. It’s bigger than all the continents put together
  • Ireland is surrounded by some of the most productive fishing grounds in Europe, with Irish commercial fish landings worth around €200 million annually
  • 97% of the earth’s water is in the ocean
  • The ocean provides the greatest amount of the world’s protein consumed by humans
  • Plastic affects 700 species in the oceans from plankton to whales.
  • Only 10% of the oceans have been explored.
  • 8 million tonnes of plastic enter the ocean each year, equal to dumping a garbage truck of plastic into the ocean every minute.
  • 12 humans have walked on the moon but only 3 humans have been to the deepest part of the ocean.

(Ref: Marine Institute)

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