ISMF – Nominations for new Chair and Vice-Chair open

A key development for the Irish Sea Maritime Forum in 2013/14 will be the appointment of a Chair and Vice Chair to help steer our activities and raise the profile of the Forum.

Details on what the roles of Chair and Vice Chair involve and nomination forms can be downloaded here (MS Word Document).

The deadline for nominations is 16th August, and the Steering Committee will then vote for their preferred candidates for both positions.

Planning Scotland’s Seas: Marine consultation launched

On Thursday 25th July the Scottish Government launched a joint consultation that will help decide how Scotland’s seas are managed in the future.

The consultation covers Scotland’s first National Marine Plan, which will provide a single framework to manage all activity in Scottish waters, proposals for a network of new Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) which if designated would increase protection for Scotland’s iconic marine species and habitats, and draft sectorial marine plans which will guide Scotland’s offshore renewable energy industry.

To read the full press release, which includes links to consultation documents and details of consultation events taking place around Scotland, please click HERE (opens in new window)

The consultation runs for 16 weeks until 13th November 2013.

Annual Conference – Thanks to all who took part!

Yesterday we held our Second Annual Conference at the Tall Ship, Riverside, Glasgow, with approximately 70 delegates coming along to hear speakers talk about marine spatial planning activity in each of the jurisdictions around the Irish Sea, alongside the latest developments in European Policy and examples of EU-funded projects.

In addition we also launched our “Irish Sea Issues and Opportunities” Report – you can read more about this in the ISMF Documents pages.

Copies of the presentations from our speakers will be available online soon.

Thanks to our chair, Lady Isabel Glasgow, our speakers and delegates for their contributions, questions and making our Second Conference a lively and informative day.

2nd Annual Irish Sea Maritime Forum Conference, Glasgow, 21st May 2013

Following the very successful inaugural conference of the Irish Sea Maritime Forum in Belfast in June 2012, this is the second ISMF annual conference and is open to all with an interest in the Irish Sea. It will provide stakeholders with the latest news on marine planning from administrations around the Irish Sea including the forthcoming National Marine Plan for Scotland. It will also highlight a range of EU supported developments that are significant for Irish Sea stakeholders, not least the EU’s Atlantic Strategy and draft Marine Spatial Planning and Integrated Coastal Management Directive, plus INTERREG funding opportunities post 2014. The day will conclude with an overview of ISMF activities in its first year of operation, the launch of the stakeholder informed Irish Sea Issues and Opportunities report, and an opportunity to contribute to the planning and delivery of the ISMF’s 2013/14 programme. The conference is free to attend.

Click here for more details and registration.


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