A deep dive into Ireland’s Seascapes

Walk by the Coast, Bray, Wicklow. Photo Daniel Farrell and Ann Robinson, Coast Monkey.6 July 2020 - To deepen our understanding of Ireland's Seascapes, the Marine Institute invites you to complete an online survey. The survey responses will help identify, classify and describe Ireland's seascape character, and support the implementation of Ireland's National Marine Planning Framework.

Seascapes are an important part of our sense of identity and culture. Our experience of the character of Seascapes includes coastal and marine history, folklore, art, nature and recreational and commercial activities that take place on and close to the sea. Seascapes can also include views from land to sea, from sea to land and along the coastline. When we describe seascape character, we are essentially talking about a sense of place - what makes one part of our sea and coast distinctive and different from another?

Often this relates to natural influences such as the rock type, depth of sea and coastline, the force of the sea and how humans have settled and interacted in and along our seascapes – from the earliest inhabitants on this island right up to today.

The Marine Institute has commissioned Minogue and Associates to carry out this study to deepen our understanding of Ireland's Seascapes Character. The final report and maps will support implementation of Ireland's National Marine Planning Framework. The combination of seascape character assessment along with future or complementary technical analysis for proposed marine developments, such as visualisation tests, will ensure a fit for purpose decision-making process.

The research team would like to get a better understanding of how Irish people value the coast and seas. The short online survey aims to capture your thoughts and comments about the seascapes that you are familiar with and ask you to indicate on a map where these are. This survey is completely anonymous and the information will be used only to identify draft Seascape Character Areas. The online survey is available at http://map-me.org/sites/seascapes

In addition to the online survey, the research team welcomes the opportunity to facilitate small group based discussions on the draft Seascape Character Areas over the month of July, using online resources. If you are interested in getting involved, please register your interest (Name/interest/organisation) by emailing ruth@minogue.ie

This project is financed by the Irish Government and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) 2014-2020, Blue Growth & Marine Spatial Planning Scheme.

Ireland's European Structural and Investment Funds Programmes 2014-2020European Maritime and Fisheries FundDepartment of Agriculture, Food and the Marine


Ireland's National Marine Planning Framework
Led by the Department of Housing Planning and Local Government, Ireland's National Marine Planning Framework sets out long-term planning objectives and priorities for the management of our seas. The Marine Institute is providing scientific and technical services in support of the national Marine Spatial Planning processes and other projects aimed at fulfilling the Goals of Harnessing Our Ocean Wealth. This work is supported by the European Maritime Fisheries Funds (EMFF) administered through the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine.

The Marine Institute
The Marine Institute is the state agency responsible for marine research, technology development and innovation in Ireland. It provides government, public agencies and the maritime industry with a range of scientific, advisory and economic development services that inform policy-making, regulation and the sustainable management and growth of Ireland's marine resources.