Our Ocean Wealth
Taking our seabed area into account, Ireland is one of the largest EU states; with sovereign or exclusive rights over one of the largest sea to land ratios (over 10:1) of any EU State.
Our ocean is a national asset, supporting a diverse economy, with vast potential to tap into the global marine market for seafood, tourism, energy, and new applications for health, medicine and technology. In parallel, our marine resource gives us many non-commercial benefits; for example, amenity, biodiversity and our mild climate.
In recognition of the under-utilisation of our ocean wealth, the Inter-Departmental Marine Coordination Group (MCG), on behalf of the Government, has developed Harnessing Our Ocean Wealth - An Integrated Marine Plan (IMP) for Ireland.
Harnessing Our Ocean Wealth - An Integrated Marine Plan for Ireland
Harnessing Our Ocean Wealth sets out the Government’s Vision, High-Level Goals, and Key ‘Enabling’ Actions the Government will take to put in place the appropriate policy, governance and business climate to enable our marine potential to be realised.