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:
• 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.
The Inter-Departmental Marine Coordination Group (MCG), on behalf of the Government, has developed Harnessing Our Ocean Wealth - An Integrated Marine Plan for Ireland (HOOW).
HOOW was informed and shaped by a consultation process in 2012 'Our Ocean Wealth: Seeking Your Views: New Ways; New Approaches; New Thinking'.
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 to put in place the appropriate policy, governance and business climate to enable our marine potential to be realised.