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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

Stay Connected

New General Data Protection Regulations come into force on 25th May 2018. These will provide you with greater certainty about how your data is kept and used. For more information see https://ico.org.uk/for-the-public/. The new Regulations mean that the Irish Sea Maritime Forum must have your consent to store your personal data. We will be contacting people on our mailing list to ensure that you would like to keep in touch, so please look out for our email and remember to respond as soon as possible.

Forthcoming Events: Atlantic Action Plan Workshop on Project Funding and Development (12th July) and Future Celtic Seas Collaboration (13th July)

Implementing the Atlantic Action Plan – Workshop on Project Funding and Development @ Merseyside Maritime Museum, Liverpool, Wednesday 12th July
The Atlantic Action Plan, put in place to implement the Atlantic Strategy, has been widely promoted in the UK in order to draw attention to stakeholders of both the opportunities it presents in the UK and also for collaboration with other EU Atlantic Member States (France, Ireland, Portugal and Spain). Following on from the National Event that was held in Liverpool in December 2015, and a series of roadshows that are being organised by the Support Team for the Atlantic Action Plan, a workshop is being planned to help stakeholders develop project ideas. The event, taking place on the 12th July, at the Mersey Maritime Museum in Liverpool, will provide stakeholders with an opportunity to meet others with an interest in developing projects of relevance to the Atlantic Area. Some Interreg Programmes are moving towards final calls for project proposals and this workshop has been designed to help stakeholders develop project ideas.

During the morning session, stakeholders will get a chance to hear about developments in the Atlantic Action Plan, an update on funding opportunities and the experience of projects that have already received funding from the Interreg Atlantic Area programme and other sources. The afternoon session will provide an opportunity for stakeholders to discuss how they might develop project ideas for submission to the final round of calls under the current Interreg programmes.

For more information on the Atlantic Action Plan event and to register please click HERE

Future Celtic Seas Collaboration Event, Thursday 13th July @ University of Liverpool
Following on from the successful Celtic Seas Partnership project and ongoing work through the SIMCelt project and Irish Sea Maritime Forum, the ISMF will be hosting a discussion on future work on Thursday 13th July at the University of Liverpool. This discussion aims to bring stakeholders together to develop mechanisms for future collaboration at the Celtic Seas scale. The agenda will cover:

  • An introduction to the Celtic Seas area
  • Key messages from the PISCES, Celtic Seas Partnership and SIMCelt projects and the Irish Sea Maritime Forum
  • Next steps for Celtic Seas collaboration

To register for the Celtic Seas Future Collaboration event please click on the link below.
Eventbrite - Future Celtic Seas Collaboration Workshop

MSP Platform website launch

www.msp-platform.eu was launched on the 1st September 2016. The website is the entry to a comprehensive service point for Maritime Spatial Planning in Europe. Users can find an array of information on MSP from all EU Member States and Sea Basins as well as searchable databases on practices, projects and funding opportunities from around all EU Member States and sea basins. The status and content of MSP processes from all European coastal Member States are highlighted on the MSP Platform as well as comparative overviews of national MSP and sea basin overviews. The EU MSP Platform website also features comprehensive and continuously updated News, Events and Training opportunities.

Biennial Conference 2016 – Registration now open!

Latest news: 27th September 2016
Registration for this event has now closed.

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 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.