ISMF Survey

Irish Sea Maritime Forum Issues and Opportunities 2020


In 2013, following a workshop at the 2012 Irish Sea Maritime Forum inaugural conference and later consultation, the Irish Sea Maritime Forum published the Irish Sea Issues and Opportunities Report summarising stakeholder views on the main issues and opportunities for the Irish Sea region at that time. The report can be found Issues and Options Report ISMF May2013. The survey will update these for the 2020s, bringing in themes that were explored during the 2014 ISMF conference on Blue Growth and issues currently headlining, to provide a more comprehensive forward view.

The Irish Sea Maritime Forum, established in 2012, aims to:

  • provide a broad-based forum for all Irish Sea users and provide an opportunity for voices to be heard
  • facilitate marine planning knowledge exchange and capacity building across all administrative areas and sectors
  • facilitate sharing of data and information
  • encourage and maintain political support for transnational partnership working in support of marine planning, with the aim of promoting sustainable development in the Irish Sea region
  • facilitate a more coordinated, efficient planning process for transnational issues/projects and good working relationships among Irish Sea partners
  • It is managed by a voluntary Steering Group with representatives from all 6 Irish Sea administrations, including Government agencies, universities, NGOs and industry representatives. Our current Chair is former Irish Senator Gerry Horkan. A small voluntary secretariat is provided by Liverpool University and the North West Coastal Forum.

    To participate in the current survey which is taking place until 31st August 2020 please follow this link