• A Development Strategy for Marine Leisure Infrastructure

      Marine Institute (Marine Institute, 2001)
      In July 1999 the Marine Institute published an Investment Strategy for the Water-based Tourism and Leisure Sector in Ireland 2000-2006. The strategy recommended a programme of investment aimed at; (1) the provision of new infrastructure and facilities strategically positioned around the coastline (2) the development of high quality integrated clusters of water-based tourism and leisure activities which would attract overseas and local visitors. These recommendations were incorporated into the National Development Plan 2000-2006 where investment will be provided via a range of initiatives administered by: the Department of the Marine and Natural Resources (Marine Tourism Measure); Central Fisheries Board (Tourism Angling Measure); Bord Fáilte (Tourism Measure); Local Authorities and Sports Council (Culture, Recreation and Sports and Local Development Measures). Specifically, financial provisions have been made within the NDP to contribute towards the development of new and existing infrastructure for the leisure sector. The Marine Institute has published “A Development Strategy for Marine Leisure Infrastructure” to assist in targeting investment decisions so as to ensure that new developments meet the needs of three key target groups: • Overseas tourists • Domestic tourists • Local residential populations for sport and recreation. The report sets out the criteria which can be used as a guide in the evaluation of future development projects. The report applies these criteria in a national context to produce a balanced development strategy which addresses user demand, scale and spatial and environmental considerations. The economic or technical feasibility of developing any of the proposed locations was not examined in detail. All proposed development will require a full feasibility study. The Marine Institute believes that in order to achieve maximum benefit from the investment programmes that exist, there must be a coherent national plan which seeks to integrate the development requirements of the marine leisure sector with the requirements of other marine sectors. This report should be seen as a contribution to the debate on how best to develop our significant coastal resources for tourism and leisure.
    • Ocean Energy in Ireland

      Marine Institute; Sustainable Energy Ireland (Department of Communications, Marine and Natural Resources, 2005)
      Ireland has a target of supplying 13.2% of its electricity consumption from renewable sources by 2010. The majority of this target is likely to be supplied from wind energy. It is likely that targets will increase in the longer term. This will require large deployments of other forms of renewable energy. Ocean energy, both wave and marine current tidal energy, may have a role to play in meeting longer term targets in Ireland. The resource, particularly the wave energy resource, is vast. Before these technologies become commercially viable researchers and developers must overcome the challenge of developing low cost, highly reliable, integrated systems. Given current efforts to develop technology, ocean energy may be deployed in small scale demonstrations by 2010; however it is not expected to contribute significantly to Ireland’s electricity supply before 2020. It is proposed to implement an ocean energy strategy to advance the speed at which ocean energy technologies are deployed in Ireland by increasing the capacity for research and development, both within academic institutions and commercial entities developing devices in Ireland. A structured and phased strategy of development supports may enable Ireland to utilize its ocean energy resource within a decade. The result could also see Ireland positioned with the potential to become a world leader in the manufacture and use of ocean energy systems.
    • Options for the Development of Wave Energy in Ireland: A Public Consultation Document

      Marine Institute; Sustainable Energy Ireland (Marine Institute, 2002)
      The potential for development of wave, ocean current and tidal energy is the subject of growing international investigation. This document focuses on the status and development potential of wave energy in Ireland. While recognising that this technology is not in a position to contribute to national renewable energy targets within the Kyoto timeframe, it is oriented towards the longer term prospect of Ireland becoming a world-leading developer and manufacturer of the technologies that will enable the harnessing of ocean energy resources.
    • Veterinary treatments and other substances used in finfish aquaculture in Ireland

      Marine Institute (Marine Institute, 2007)
      Over recent years the finfish aquaculture sector has contracted in Ireland. The bulk of this sector is accounted for by marine salmon production. A number of substances are used in finfish farming that may give rise to discharges to the aquatic environment.
    • Water-based Tourism - A Strategic Vision for Galway

      Marine Institute (Marine Institute, 2002)
      Water-based Tourism – A Strategic Vision for Galway is a report commissioned by a consortium of Agencies in collaboration with Ireland West Tourism. The terms of reference were to undertake a study which would: - evaluate the potential to develop the water-based tourism and leisure resource in Galway City and County; - identify the potential and provide a development strategy for at least six pilot water-based tourism and leisure initiatives in selected geographic locations throughout Galway; - recommend further phased development options which would enhance and sustain economic progress of the water-based tourism and leisure sector in Galway. Tourism Development International were contracted to undertake the study, the results of which are presented in this report.