The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD, and the Marine Coordination Group would like to express their gratitude to all those who took the time to engage with and contribute to the consultation process.
A total of 191 submissions were received and over 4,000 visits to the website were made during the consultation period.
A summary of the breakdown of respondents is below:
Government / State Organisations: 21
Private Individuals: 106
Local Community Groups: 8
Industry/ Trade & Professional organisations: 17
Higher Education Institutions / Research Consortia: 11
Political Organisations / representatives: 2
Taking your views on board, the Marine Coordination Group is currently drafting "Actions that will deliver an Integrated Marine Plan for Ireland".
The objective of the actions will be to move from generating only 1.2% of our GDP from the ocean resources, to get the environment right for investment and use the potential of our marine economy to create jobs in a sustainable manner.
The publication "Actions that will deliver an Integrated Marine Plan for Ireland," is due to be launched at the end of July 2012.
For further information see www.ouroceanwealth.ie