Isabel Glasgow: A leading light who will be sadly missed

We are very sorry to circulate news from the Clyde Marine Planning Partnership about the death of Isabel Glasgow. Isabel chaired the second ISMF biennial conference which took place in the Tall Ship in Glasgow in 2013. She was a kind supporter of ISMF activities. Her presence and encouragement will be sadly missed.

Updates on Welsh and Irish Marine Plans

Over the past month there have been updates released regarding both the Irish and Welsh Marine Plans.

Update on Welsh Marine Plan

In Wales on 12 November the Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths published Wales’ first Marine Plan. This sets out Welsh Government’s policy for the next 20 years for the sustainable use of our seas. We also publish with the plan:

Summary of Changes to plan following draft WNMP
Habitats Regulation Assessment
Sustainability Appraisal and Addendum
Updated Portal

Public Consultation on the Draft National Marine Planning Framework for Ireland

In Ireland Ministers Eoghan Murphy and Damien English have published the Draft National Marine Planning Framework (NMPF) for Ireland. The Draft NMPF is Ireland’s first marine planning framework. The Draft Plan is now available for public consultation. Details are available here:

https://www.housing.gov.ie/planning/marine-planning/public-consultation-draft-national-marine-planning-framework

Regional public events are being held to promote awareness and facilitate public and stakeholder participation on the Draft NMPF. Details of the events arranged to date can be found on website listed above.

Conference papers and photos

The conference workshop papers have just been uploaded to our website! Thank you to everyone who participated and contributed some great ideas. You can find the papers in the resources section of the website under documents or by following this link.

Photos from the day have also been uploaded to the photo gallery which you can find here or in the resources section under photo gallery.

Conference presentations

The presentations from speakers and projects from our conference in Cardiff are now available to view and download online in the events section of our website!

Please follow this link for more details.

For any queries please contact us at info@irishseamaritimeforum.org

Conservation in the Irish Sea

Protecting our seas and coastline is vital to ensure a sustainable future for marine stakeholders and sea users. Part of the ISMF’s vision is to ensure we promote “a healthy marine environment” which is why developing a better understanding around the benefits of Marine Protected Areas in so important. To find out more visit our MPA page where you can find information on MPAs in the Irish and Celtic Seas.

MPAs will also be one of the key subjects discussed at our Biennial Conference in January. Don’t forget to register here.

For any further information please contact us at: info@irishseamaritimeforum.org

Irish Sea Projects Update

With our Biennial Conference only a few weeks away at the Pierhead Building in Cardiff, the ISMF team have been making progress on updating the Irish-Sea-Maritime-Forum-Biennial-Conference-2019-Programme and reaching out to relevant projects and partners around the Irish Sea.

For more information on projects around the Irish Sea please follow this link.

Don’t forget to register for the ISMF Biennial Conference via Eventbrite!

For any further information please contact us at: info@irishseamaritimeforum.org

image courtesy of cardiff.ac.uk

 

ISMF Steering Group Meeting

This week we held our first ISMF Steering Group meeting on the Isle of Man where we were welcomed by the Minister for Enterprise Development Hon. Lawrence Skelly, and linked up with colleagues from the new Irish Sea Centre and the Isle of Man government.  Hosted by the Department of Enterprise, the meeting allowed our steering group members to discuss an array of important topics including our upcoming 2019 ISMF Biennial Conference to be held in the Pierhead Building, Cardiff.

Over the two day meeting, our steering group also had the opportunity to undertake an excursion organised by the Irish Sea Centre to various sites that are of significance to the Irish Sea. Please follow the links below for further information:

You can also visit the photo gallery for images from the day.

For any further information on our recent steering group meeting, you can visit our resources section where you will find our new documents section.

Don’t forget to sign up to the next ISMF Biennial Conference which will take place in Cardiff in January 2019. You can register by following this link. For any further information please contact us at: info@irishseamaritimeforum.org

 

Update: Irish Sea Maritime Forum Biennial Conference

IRISH SEA MARITIME FORUM BIENNIAL CONFERENCE, Pierhead  Building, National Assembly for Wales, Cardiff – Tuesday 15th of January 2019, 10.00am to 4.00pm.

We welcome you to join us for the first Irish Sea Maritime Forum Biennial Conference to be held in Wales. We are delighted to have the opportunity to host this in the spectacular Pierhead building that is part of the National Assembly for Wales estate in Cardiff. The event aims to bring together stakeholders from across the Irish Sea to learn about and discuss issues of current and shared interest.

The morning session provides an update from across the Irish Sea on marine planning (including the forthcoming Welsh National Marine Plan) and the development of the network of Marine Protected Areas. Over lunch delegates will be able to view an exhibition of Irish Sea related projects and meet some of the partners that have been involved with these. The afternoon session spotlights climate change and associated activity in the Irish Sea region including the response of coastal authorities in Wales associated with their duties under the 2015 Wellbeing of Future Generations Act. The day concludes with a presentation on the new Irish Sea Centre that is being established in the Isle of Man and plans for the ISMF conference that will be held in the Isle of Man in 2020.

The conference is free of charge. We gratefully appreciate the support of David Melding AM Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Housing, Heritage, Culture and Media in sponsoring this event in the Pierhead building.

To register for the event please click here

The conference programme can also be downloaded below:

Irish Sea Maritime Forum Biennial Conference 2019 Programme

For any further information please contact info@irishseamaritimeforum.org

Summer Newsletter

We have now published our newsletter for Summer 2018. This includes news on:

  • The continuing role of Senator Gerry Horkan as ISMF Chairman;
  • The Future Celtic Seas Collaboration workshop which took place last year and follow-up activities, such as the
  • ISMF Key Stakeholder Review;
  • European Maritime and Fisheries Funding (EMFF) applications; and
  • The 2018 Irish Sea Maritime Forum Biennial Conference, to be held in Wales in Autumn 2018.

You can download the newsletter here: ISMF Newsletter Summer 2018