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Title: Issues and Recommendations for the Development and Regulation of Marine Aggregate Extraction in the Irish Sea
Authors: O'Mahony, C
Sutton, G
McMahon, T
Ó Cinneide, M
Nixon, E
Keywords: MEHS
Issue Date: 2008
Publisher: Marine Institute
Citation: O'Mahony, C., Sutton, G., McMahon, T., Ó Cinneide, M., Nixon, E., "Issues and Recommendations for the Development and Regulation of Marine Aggregate Extraction in the Irish Sea", Marine Environment and Health Series No. 32, Marine Institute 2008
Series/Report no.: Marine Environment and Health Series;32
Abstract: This report details the work undertaken as part of the INTERREG IIIA Irish Sea Marine Aggregates Initiative (IMAGIN) project which aims “to develop recommendations for a strategic policy framework for an administrative and regulatory process, and operational guidelines under which dredging for marine aggregates in the Irish Sea can be sustainably managed.” It considers policy and regulatory issues from an Irish context. Aggregates in the form of sand and gravel deposits are a vital natural resource, providing essential material to support societal needs for infrastructure and the construction industry. Thus, the importance of aggregate supply to the economy of many nations cannot be understated. As a result of Ireland’s economic boom since the early 1990s, the national consumption of aggregates per head of population in Ireland has spiralled upward and is currently standing at four times the European average. At present, all aggregate used in the Irish market is extracted from terrestrial sources. This project set out to examine the marine extraction option for current supply and future Irish demand.
ISSN: 1649-0053
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