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Marine NDP (2000-2006) Research Publications

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  • Irish Short Sea Shipping Inter–European Trade Corridors

    Marine Institute (Irish Maritime Development Office, 2004)
    The study in this report is focused on 12 economies in the North European and Baltic area. All are now members of the EU. In addition to drawing conclusions and providing recommendations, the work in this report can be divided into three main elements. The first is to provide a mapping of the structure of freight flows to and from Ireland, to provide projections of changes in Ireland’s trade with other countries in the study area, and to examine the determinants of this structure. The second is to examine the cost variables in relation to this structure and to estimate the potential for imminent developments to affect this structure. The third is to examine the nature of the logistics sector in Europe and to provide indications of the potential response of this sector to changes in the policy and economic environment.
  • Feasibility Study on the Establishment of a Large Scale Inshore Resource Mapping Project

    Parsons, A.; Barton, K.; Brown, C.; Berry, A.; Curtis, J.; Emblow, C.; Hartnett, M.; Nash, S.; Rooney, S. (Marine Institute, 2004)
    In 1999 the Irish Government allocated €27 million to survey all of Ireland’s territorial waters. The National Seabed Survey involves the acquisition and processing of 850,000sq.km of multibeam sonar swath bathymetry, sub-bottom seismic reflection, gravity, magnetic and ancillary geological and water column data in water depths of 50m to 4000m. The area is divided into Zone 3 (water depths 200m to 4000m), Zone 2 (50m to 200m) and Zone 1 (0m to 50m). By 2003, the Geological Survey of Ireland (GSI) had completed Zone 3 data acquisition and the Marine Institute had mapped a large area offshore northwest Ireland (especially Donegal Bay) as part of its Zone 2 responsibilities. Mapping in Zone 2 will continue until 2006, by which time Ireland will be in possession of one of the most comprehensive seabed data sets in oceanic waters. During the planning of the National Seabed Survey, it was obvious that the mapping requirements for Zone 1 (0m to 50m) were more complex than those in deeper waters. This was because of the technical difficulties in mapping Ireland’s variable coastline, its economic importance and the diversity of potential stakeholder interests in Zone 1 waters. As a consequence, the Geological Survey of Ireland and the Marine Institute focused on mapping Zones 3 and 2 respectively, where data could be collected easily and rapidly in spite of the large area. In the meantime, the Marine Institute commissioned this feasibility study to cost and prioritise a comprehensive mapping programme for Zone 1 as the final phase in the Government’s commitment to map Ireland’s entire offshore resource.
  • Oceans of Opportunity - Exploring Ireland’s Marine Resources: Review of Projects 2000–2005

    Marine Institute (Marine Institute, 2006)
    This publication gives an overview of projects and some of the achievements of the research and development activity funded under the Marine RTDI in the current National Development Plan (2000–2006). Approximately €52 million was originally committed to the programme and although the funding period is not fully complete, it is timely to look at the range of projects that have been supported and developed under the National Development Plan.
  • Strategic Review and the Feasibility of Seaweed Aquaculture in Ireland

    Werner, A.; Clarke, D.; Kraan, S. (Marine Institute, 2004)
    The National Seaweed Forum, commissioned by the Minister for the Marine and Natural Resources in 1999, evaluated the current status of the Irish Seaweed Industry, investigated the potential uses of seaweeds and identified measures to be undertaken for developing the different industrial sectors. Seaweed aquaculture was identified as a key area for the development of the Irish Seaweed Industry to meet growing market demands and to create attractive and high–skilled jobs in peripheral communities in coastal areas. Following these recommendations the Marine Institute commissioned this present study to investigate the feasibility of seaweed aquaculture in Ireland. Its objectives are to: Review the current status of seaweed aquaculture worldwide and in NW Europe, identify seaweed species, their potential uses and economic value, which would lend themselves to aquaculture in Ireland. Assess Irish expertise capable of supporting a national seaweed aquaculture programme. Identify priority RTDI projects necessary for supporting a development programme. Assess the availability of suitable sites for seaweed aquaculture. Develop an outline strategy for a national seaweed aquaculture programme over the next ten years.
  • Marine Recreation and the Process of Rejuvenation of Small Ports and Harbours

    Martin, A.; Martin, B. S.; Wilkinson, A. (ed) (Marine Institute, 2004)
    The main objectives of this report are: To raise awareness of the opportunities afforded by marine recreational activities to assist in the regeneration/rejuvenation of small ports and harbours (SPHs); To explore the background and issues surrounding the use of marine leisure in securing the rejuvenation of SPHs; and To offer some guidance on the integration of marine recreational activities in the rejuvenation process. The report is aimed primarily at potential local initiators and facilitators operating in coastal areas, particularly in areas where there are opportunities to assist the rejuvenation of SPHs through investment in marine leisure/recreation activities. However, the audience for the report will include: government departments; local authorities; port and harbour authorities; local community groups, tourism and leisure interests; harbour users generally; environmental interests as well as potential developers, and all those who are likely to be in a position to influence the process of integration of marine recreation in the rejuvenation of small ports and harbours.
  • Disposal and Re-utilisation of Fish and Fish Processing Waste (including Aquaculture Wastes)

    Pfeiffer, N. (Marine Institute, 2003)
    The following report results from a desk study conducted by Nautilus Consultants for the Marine Institute as part of the Marine RTDI Measure. The objectives of the study are to further the debate regarding the improved utilisation of fish waste and specifically to: 1) Describe the current. a) National and International regulations on the disposal of fish/aquaculture waste. b) Practice for disposal of fish/aquaculture waste. 2) Describe the current national infrastructure for handling of fish/aquaculture waste and identify future requirements. 3) Quantify by region, season and source, current fish/aquaculture waste arising. 4) Estimate trends in amount of waste. 5) Reduction at Source a) Assess realistic options for minimisation of fish/aquaculture waste arisings at source. b) Outline where such an approach could be applied and c) evaluate obstacles for the implementation of such a strategy. 6) Realistic options for reuse and recycling of fish/aquaculture waste arisings. 7) Guidelines and site selection criteria for disposal at sea (in certain emergency situations), taking into account potential transfer of fish diseases.
  • Marine RTDI Measure Interim Report 2000-2002

    Marine Institute (Marine Institute, 2002)
    The Marine RTDI Measure Programme, developed by the Marine Institute for and on behalf of the Department of Communications, Marine & Natural Resources, is fully consistent with government strategy on marine resource development and builds on and develops the strategies outlined in “A Marine Research, Technology, Development and Innovation Strategy for Ireland – A National Team Approach” (Marine Institute 1998). The purpose of this Report is two fold. Firstly, consistent with best practice in RTDI management and NDP procedures and guidelines, an independent analysis of progress (Mid–Term Review) in the implementation of Productive Sector Operational Programme will take place in 2003. This Report is designed to summarise and report on activities, achievements and expenditure during the period 2000–2002 and as such, provides an important contribution to the Mid–Term Review process. Secondly, the preparation of this report provides an opportunity to report on the many achievements and activities supported under the NDP Marine RTDI Measure during the period 2000–2002.
  • Review and Evaluation of Marine Environmental Impact Indicators and their Application in Ireland

    Boelens, R.; Gray, J.; Parsons, A. (Marine Institute, 2004)
    This report, the first of its kind commissioned in Ireland, explains why national administrations responsible for marine environmental protection, and those who monitor the sea and its resources, need to consider carefully the choice of marine environmental indicators. This is because our understanding of the health of the oceans comes almost entirely from monitoring patterns and trends in particular marine features, according to the indicators selected. It is therefore evident that indicators are also important instruments of marine policy formulation and review.