Biennial Conference 2016 – Registration now open!

Registration is now open for the Irish Sea Maritime Forum’s Biennial Conference which will take place on Wednesday 28th September 2016 at the dlr LexIcon, Dun Laoghaire, Ireland. The themes for this year’s Conference are Maritime Spatial Planning and Managing Dynamic Coasts. For more information on the Conference and to register to attend please see our Biennial Conference page.

Tying the Celtic Knot – creating lasting partnerships for the Celtic Seas, Dublin 18-19 October 2016

Registration is now open for the third and final international workshop of the Celtic Seas Partnership project. The event will take place at Croke Park in Dublin on 18th and 19th of October 2016.

The event will showcase the final outputs of this exciting project and find ways of ensuring that the work that’s been developed with stakeholders during the project is sustained beyond the life of the project. Delegates will have the opportunity to:

  • review a series of future scenarios and discuss what they mean for the management of the Celtic Seas
  • identify ways of continuing to work together at the Celtic Seas scale
  • put questions to a panel of policy makers and experts

There will also be an opportunity to showcase work and invite others to collaborate. The work should involve engagement with stakeholders, working across boundaries or sectors and relate to marine policy. The deadline for applications to exhibit is 31st August.

Full details, including the draft programme, and how to register are available here.

Save the Date – ISMF Biennial Conference

We are pleased to announce that the Irish Sea Maritime Forum’s Biennial Conference will take place this year on Wednesday 28th September at the dlr LexIcon, Dun Laoghaire, Republic of Ireland. The main themes for the conference will be Maritime Spatial Planning and Policies for a Dynamic Coast. The conference is being held one day after DG MARE’s Atlantic Stakeholder Platform event which takes place in Croke Park, Dublin.

Further information on the ISMF conference and how to register will appear here shortly.

Sea Scotland Conference

The Inaugural Sea Scotland Conference will take place in Dundee on 15th-16th June 2016. This aims to bring together 150 stakeholders for Scotland-focussed dialogue and knowledge exchange to support a progressive approach to marine planning. The Conference will feature talks (including one from Charles Ehler of Ocean Visions Consulting), presentations and opportunities for networking with other organisations. For further information on the event and registration click HERE.

Irish Consultation on draft Regulations to transpose the Maritime Spatial Planning Directive into law

The Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government has recently opened an online consultation on draft regulations intended to transpose the European Union’s Maritime Spatial Planning Directive (2014/89/EU) into national law. The Directive obliges all coastal Member States to establish maritime spatial plans by 2021. Member States must transpose the Directive into national law by 18th September 2016.

DECLG is now inviting submissions on the draft regulations and have prepared a guidance document showing the relationship between the articles of the Directive and the regulations.This consultation on the transposing regulations is the first of a number of opportunities for participation that will arise during the MSP life cycle. Further details on the consultation, documents and where to send comments can be found on the DECLG website. This consultation will close on Friday 6th May 2016.

Marine Planning in North West England – Drop-In Events

As part of the roll-out of new Marine Plans for the North West of England a number of drop-in events for members of the public to attend are being held by the Marine Management Organisation from 18th-20th April. The events are an introduction to marine planning, for you to meet your local marine planner and to find out more about what marine planning involves, and how you can get involved. The MMO will also be demonstrating their Marine Information System and the evidence base where you can view some of the evidence they have already gathered for your area.

The events are open sessions, including a number of scheduled presentations on marine planning. These will be held hourly, beginning at the start times shown below.

As part of the events you will also be able to find out more about our consultations on the Statement of Public Participation and the Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report. The Statement of Participation includes details on how and when and to whom the MMO will engage with through the marine planning process. The Sustainability Appraisal assesses the social, economic and environmental impacts of a marine plan.

To find out more details and to register please click HERE

(Similar events are also being held for the North East, South East and South West Marine Plan areas)

Marine in Planning in England: Latest from the MMO

In their latest Marine Developments blog, the Marine Management Organisation has begun to set out how it will undertake the process of developing marine plans for the remaining English regions – this includes the Irish Sea-facing area of North West England. Marine plans for the remaining four areas (North West, South West, North East and South East) will be prepared simultaneously, with consultation on Statements of Public Participation and Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Reports expected to begin in April. You can read the full blog from the MMO here. We will provide more updates on marine planning in the North West as the process gathers pace.

New Board Members sought for North West IFCA

The Marine Management Organisation are currently recruiting two new voluntary Board Members for the North West England Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority.

The members of the IFCA contribute their knowledge and experience to provide sustainable management of the inshore marine area of their IFCA district. They guide the IFCA to deliver its mandate under the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009 and in line with Defra guidance.

Details of the application process and criteria for the appointments can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/marine-management-organisation/about/recruitment.  The closing date for applications is 15th February 2016.

Irish Consultation on Measures for the Marine Strategy Framework Directive Launched

On 27th November Mr Alan Kelly T.D., Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, welcomed the publication of a public consultation document entitled ‘Marine Strategy Framework Directive Ireland Programme of Measures Public Consultation Document’. This document presents the elements being considered by Ireland for inclusion in a finalised Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) National Programme of Measures, the objective of which is to achieve good environmental status (GES) in Irish marine waters.

The overall aim of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive is to achieve or maintain GES of the European Union’s marine environment by 2020.

The finalised Programme of Measures proposal is due to be submitted to the European Commission by 31 March 2016.

The Minister said that the purpose of the public consultation process is to foster community engagement with, and to heighten awareness of, the aims of MSFD and its on-going implementation in Ireland. A Public consultation process has already been completed in relation to the ‘Initial Assessment’ and ‘Monitoring Programme’ phases of the Directive and input from interested parties is now welcome in relation to the actions needed to achieve compliance with provisions of the Directive.

Submissions and comments are invited on the draft Programme of Measures, on or before Friday, 29 January 2016. A dedicated email address, msfd@environ.ie has been set up to facilitate feedback from stakeholders including eNGOs, industry, the general public and other interested parties.

Further information on the consultation and the Marine Strategy Framework Directive click HERE.

Implementing the Atlantic Action Plan – 2nd UK National Workshop on Funding and Project Development

Wednesday 9th December 2015
Merseyside Maritime Museum, Albert Dock, Liverpool

Organisers: DG MARE, Irish Sea Maritime Forum and the UK Support Team for the Atlantic Action Plan.

This free-to-attend event will provide an update on the Atlantic Action Plan and the role of the UK Support Team in assisting stakeholders to develop project ideas for funding, an update of those funding opportunities (including INTERREG) and an update on blue growth in the UK. Contact points for funding bodies will be present at this event, and participants will also have the opportunity to meet other stakeholders with an interest in developing projects of relevance to the Atlantic Area. The afternoon will consist of parallel workshops and the organisers are seeking expressions of interest from stakeholders wishing to organise/contribute to the workshop sessions.

For more information and to register your place follow this link.

Background to the event:

The UK has huge potential for blue growth, both in creating jobs and contributing to economic development. The European Commission’s Atlantic Strategy is all about capitalising on these opportunities – the aim is to create sustainable growth in coastal regions and drive forward the ‘blue economy’ whilst preserving the environmental and ecological stability of the Atlantic Ocean. The Atlantic Action Plan is designed to help stakeholders implement the aspirations of the Atlantic Strategy.

In 2014 the Irish Sea Maritime Forum ran its Annual Conference on the theme of Blue Growth. This brought people together to discuss and explore project opportunities, and resulting in the development of a Blue Growth Project Prospectus. This Prospectus outlines some of the key ideas discussed at the Conference and calls for expressions of interest in taking the ideas forward into concrete funding bids.