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2016 Conference

Global leaders in the maritime sphere convened in Galway on Friday 1 July 2016 for the third Annual Our Ocean Wealth Conference which will took place in the National University of Ireland, Galway.

The Conference provided delegates with an update on the progress in implementing Ireland’s Integrated Marine Plan, Harnessing Our Ocean Wealth. A copy of Harnessing Our Ocean Wealth - Review of Progress 2015 is available for download from the Publications section of this website.

The Conference theme was “Into the Blue – Innovating for Our Marine Future”. Three sessions investigated how Ireland can innovate in each of the three goal areas of Harnessing Our Ocean Wealth, namely: A Thriving Maritime Economy, Health Ecosystems and Engagement with the Sea.

A copy of the programme is available for download here.


Our Ocean Wealth Conference Video Recording
Conference Welcome& the Subsea Cabled Observatory Launch Watch Video
Harnessing Our Ocean Wealth, Update and Progress
Michael Creed TD, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Watch Video
Denis Naughten TD, Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Watch Video
Seán Kyne TD, Minister of State for Gaeltacht Affairs and Natural Resources Watch Video
Video Insert - Baselines Project Watch Video
Video Insert - Into the Blue Economy Watch Video
Into the Blue Economy
Tara McCarthy, CEO, Bord Iascaigh Mhara  
Mary L. Shelman, Global Food and Agri-food Thought Leader  
Bill Morrissey, Principal Officer, Petroleum Affairs Division (PAD), Department of Communications, Energy & Natural Resources  
Panel Discussion
Alan Ahearne, Professor and Head of Economics, NUI Galway
Liam Lacey, Director, Irish Maritime Development Office
Adrian Boyle, CEO and Co-founder, Cathx Ocean
Ian Venner, Audit Partner in Assurance Services, EY
Video Insert - Map, Observe, Predict Innovating in the Atlantic Watch Video
Into the Blue: Map, Observe, Predict, Innovating across the Atlantic
Peter Heffernan, CEO, Marine Institute  
Sigi Gruber, Head of Marine Resources Unit, DG Research Innovation, European Commission  
Gerald Fleming, Head of Forecast Division, Met Éireann  
Panel Discussion
Craig N. McLean, NOAA Assistant Administrator for Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, USA
Ciara Jackson, Director, Agri-Food and Beverage Practice Leader, Aon Risk Solutions
Louise Allcock, Lecturer in Zoology, Ryan Institute, NUI Galway
Koen Verbruggen, Director, Geological Survey of Ireland
Video Insert -  Our New Relationship with the Sea Watch Video
Into the Blue: Our New Relationship with the Sea
Simon Coveney TD, Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government Watch Video
Linda Rosborough, Director, Marine Scotland  
Cecil Beamish, Assistant Secretary General, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine  
Panel Discussion
Anne Marie O’Hagan, Senior Research Fellow, MaREI Centre, Environmental Research Institute, UCC
Sue Barr, External Affairs Manager, OpenHydro Group Ltd.
Catherine McConnell,A/Director of Services for Planning, Community, Enterprise and Economic Development, Galway County Council
Jim Gannon, Chief Executive Officer, Sustainable Energy Authority or Ireland
Conference Keynote
“A Sea Story”
Craig N. McLean, NOAA Assistant Administrator for Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, USA
Watch Video