Irish Sea Projects

Here you can find a list of projects that are of relevance to the Irish Sea. Although not directly associated with the Irish Sea Maritime Forum, these are projects which are of relevance to the region.

UK Seas 

A WWF-lead project (funded in partnership with Sky Ocean Rescue) which focusses on two case study areas: the Outer Hebrides and North Devon. The project aims to help develop the right protection for seas in the UK to ensure a sustainable future for sea users including industry, communities and nature. This project will help share lessons across the UK and on an international level.

To find out more please visit the UK Seas project website.

Irish Sea Portal Pilot*

The ISPP aims to test the feasibility of a larger project for a platform for knowledge and information flow to promote growth in the fisheries and aquaculture sectors in the Irish Sea. The project focuses on broadening the understanding of shellfish life cycles and larval movement within the Irish Sea.

To found out more about the project please visit their website here.


Ecostructure is a project which aims to raise awareness of eco-engineering solutions for climate change adaptation in coastal areas. By incorporating societal and ecological benefits into coastal defence and renewable energy infrastructure, Ecostructure aims to achieve environmental, social and economic benefits coastal areas within Wales and Ireland, including the Irish Sea.
For more information you can visit their website here.


BlueFish, led by Bangor University, is a territorial cooperation project between Ireland and Wales, focussing on climate change, community engagement and cross-border cooperation in the Irish and Celtic Seas. Key areas of interest include addressing knowledge gaps with regards to the effects of climate change on commercial fisheries and shellfisheries, as well as the effects this will have on communities within the area.
For further information, please follow this link to their website.


Climate Heritage &a Environments of Reefs, Islands and Headlands or CHERISH aims to increase cross-border knowledge of the impact climate change will have on these environments and habitats. As climate change progresses, it increases the number of storm and extreme weather events which can have a significant impact on the culture heritage of these sites. By addressing knowledge and management gaps, this project will raise awareness of the impacts of climate change on local heritage as well as aim to train citizen scientists.

To find out more about CHERISH, please follow this link.


Acclimatize is a project that will bridge the knowledge gap regarding pollution in at-risk urban and rural bathing waters across Ireland and Wales. Through stakeholder engagement and cutting edge scientific techniques, the project will identify pollution streams and develop a strong evidence-base to widen knowledge on the impacts of climate change on Irish and Welsh coastal waters.

Click here to find out more about the project.


piSCES is a Smart Cluster Energy System for the fish processing industry. By using Smart grid technologies, it aims to reduce both cost and carbon footprint of Energy Networks used in the fish processing industry. This will be achieved by modelling fish processor’s energy network usage profile and optimising it against the wholesale energy market and energy generation that is available on-site. This will give fish processors who are usually based in remote port areas, a competitive advantage in the market they did not previously possess.

For more information please click here.

*These projects are part of Interreg and funded by the EU

SMILE project

Solway Marine Information, Learning and Environment is a project with the aim of updating the 1996 “State of the Solway Review”. By using innovative communication methods to gather a range of information from stakeholders across the estuary the project will help develop a better understanding of the local ecosystem.

To learn more, please follow this link.

Irish Sea Rim

isr-logoThe Irish Sea Rim has been initiated to explore the potential for growth, innovation & collaboration around the Irish Sea; encompassing 3 nation states, 6 countries, and a wealth of public and private sector linkages. The Irish Sea Rim can drive socio-economic growth across national boundaries and develop regional excellence through increased collaboration and an integrated network that cross-cuts sectors. The Irish Sea Rim will operate as an umbrella organisation and portal for regional programmes, investment and projects to over 18m people. With Energy a key sector, the Irish Sea Rim has the ability to develop as a regional economic counterbalance to London (centric-ness) that is often quoted as dominating UK politics and its economy.