Happy New Year from the ISMF! We hope you are all coped what was a challenging 2020 and what continues to be a challenging 2021. Despite all of the challenges faced over the past year a number of exciting activities took place in the Irish Sea over the past year, including consultations run on England’s Draft North West Inshore and Offshore Plans, Consultation on Ireland’s Draft Marine Planning Framework, and a survey on Ireland’s Seascapes run by the Marine Institute. ISMF members were also involved in a number of conferences and events which due to restrictions had to be held online, which notwithstanding the challenges faced proved to be hugely successful and informative. November saw a number of events organised by the CCAT project; the ESRC Festival of Science 2020: Exploring the impact of climate change in coastal communities in Ireland and Wales and the Coastal Communities Adapting Together Exchanging Knowledge and Best Practice Across Borders Conference. Both of which were well attended and of great interest. Links to live recordings of both events are available via the links above. The Solway Firth Partnership produced a number of fascinating digital resources available to view via their website and YouTube channel, providing much needed access to the coast from home during these difficult times.
We are sure that despite continuing restrictions there will still be plenty going on in the Irish Sea in 2021 and we very much look forward to all of the upcoming activities. The results of the Irish Sea Survey conducted last year are soon to be published and we can’t wait share these with you in our Spring newsletter. If you have any news or events you would like published in our upcoming newsletter or highlighted on the website please do not hesitate to get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shared Visions for Marine Planning
Insights from Israel, South Africa & the United Kingdom
9th & 10th March 2021
09.00-13.00 on both days (UK time)
This interactive workshop is being organised by Israel Institute of Technology (Technion),
Nelson Mandela University, and Liverpool Institute for Sustainable Coasts and Oceans (LISCO).
It will bring together authorities, researchers and practitioners covering the themes of:
Relationships between marine planning, marine protected areas and Ecosystem Based Management
Multi-disciplinary and cross institutional collaboration
Roundtable discussions: Enlisting interdisciplinary collaboration for improved marine management
The three main topics will be covered through ten-minute presentations
followed by Q&A and discussion
The event will be held online on Zoom
Registration is free
To register please go to
For further details and full agenda please visit the Event page or please contact: email@example.com
We look forward to seeing you online!
Would you like to help identify, classify and describe Ireland’s seascape character? If so, your participation in a study seeking to deepen understanding of Ireland’s Seascapes Character would be very welcome. The survey responses will help identify, classify and describe Ireland’s seascape character, and support the implementation of Ireland’s National Marine Planning Framework.
In addition to the online survey, the research team welcomes the opportunity to facilitate small group based discussions on the draft Seascape Character Areas over the month of July, using online resources. If you are interested in getting involved, please register your interest (Name/interest/organisation) by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information please visit the Marine Institute website. The survey can be accessed here.
The ISMF Summer Newsletter 2020 is now available for download. The newsletter contains updates from Irish Sea projects and partnerships, details of recent and ongoing consultations, details on the Irish Sea survey and much more. Continue reading
The Irish Sea Maritime Forum, supported by the University of Liverpool, is conducting an Irish-sea wide survey to look to the future and the changing context of the Irish Sea in the 2020s. We want to develop a comprehensive picture of the future for the Irish Sea and its communities on a whole Irish Sea scale by asking about current and future issues and opportunities, key Irish Sea projects, and what Brexit and recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic might mean for the Irish Sea and its communities. The survey draws on the 2013 Irish Sea Issues and Opportunities Report and the 2015 Blue Growth Prospectus, both of which were developed with wide stakeholder input, and results will be presented at the 2021 Irish Sea Maritime Forum conference on the Isle of Man (date tba). We welcome responses from all sectors and communities around the Irish Sea. More background information can be found here. Please feel free to share the survey with others. You can access the survey by following this link.
The Draft North West Inshore and Offshore Marine Plan will help to make sure the right activities occur in the right place, at the right time, and in the right way placing sustainable development at the centre of all decisions. The plan will provide a framework that will shape and inform decisions over how the areas’ waters are developed, protected and improved over the next 20 years. In doing so, the draft plans will help to safeguard and enhance the marine environment, improve the well-being of coastal communities and support a strong marine economy. The Draft Marine Plan will contribute to achievement of the Marine Policy Statement.
North West Inshore and Offshore marine Plan Poster
Ireland are currently in the process of consulting on the Draft National Marine Planning Framework and would welcome feedback from ISMF members. The consultation will close at 12:00 noon on Thursday 9th April 2020. All documents are available online: https://www.housing.gov.ie/planning/marine-planning/public-consultation-draft-national-marine-planning-framework.
The Department for Housing, Planning and Local Government are holding the following series of regional public events:
12/02/2020 18:00 – 20:00 Arklow Bay Hotel, Arklow, Co.Wicklow, Y14 DX02 Offshore Renewable Energy
17/02/2020 11:00 – 13:00 St Laurence’s, Technological University Dublin, Grange Gorman, Dublin, D07 E244 Marine Environment
02/03/2020 18:00 – 20:00 School of Tourism, Letterkenny Institute of Technology Campus, Shore Road, Killybegs, Co. Donegal, F94 DV52 Fisheries
23/03/2020 18:00 – 20:00 Kinsale Hotel and Spa, Rathmore, Co. Cork, P17 F542 Fisheries
31/03/2020 18:00 – 20:00 Wexford Town Library, Mallin Street, Ferrybank South, Wexford, Y35 AY20 Ports and Harbours
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.
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
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:
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.
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.