A major celebration of Ireland's ocean wealth will take place in Cork this summer. A two day event, 10th and 11th July, is planned for Ringaskiddy and Haulbowline in association with IMERC and with support from Beaufort Laboratory, UCC, the National Maritime College of Ireland, the Naval Service and the Marine Institute.
The event, held under the auspices of the inter-departmental Marine Coordination Group Chaired by Minister Simon Coveney, is an initiative of Ireland's Integrated Marine Plan – Harnessing Our Ocean Wealth. It will build on the first annual Our Ocean Wealth Conference which took place in Dublin Castle last July attended by about 500 delegates.
This year the organisers hope to attract a wider audience over the two day event which will include a conference, marine technology expo, investor events, workshops, a seafood festival, family fun, and competitions.
By broadening its scope to include a range of activities open to families as well as business and potential investors, the event aims to highlight the social, cultural and economic benefits of Ireland's marine sector and provide a platform for public engagement with Ireland's marine resource.
This event is also an action in the Government's recently launched Action Plan for Jobs 2015.
A 'save the date' announcement has just been published on www.ouroceanwealth.ie and more information on the programme of events will be available at that address ahead of the event.