Marine Institute launches new five-year strategy to tackle national and EU policy goals in sustainable seafood production, ocean science and management, environment and biodiversity, maritime transport, offshore renewable energy and climate action.
26th May, 2023: The Marine Institute has launched its new five-year corporate strategy (2023-2027) which sets out eight strategic priorities centring on transforming the Institute’s knowledge, advice and services to benefit people, policy and planet.
Ocean Knowledge that Informs and Inspires sets out a roadmap to enable Ireland to deliver on national and EU policy goals on sustainable seafood production, ocean science and management, environment and biodiversity, maritime transport, offshore renewable energy and climate action.
Speaking today Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Charlie McConalogue TD welcomed the Marine Institute’s new strategy saying, Ireland’s future is “dependent on a healthy and sustainable ocean”.
“Much like the rest of the world, Ireland is at a crossroads where challenge meets opportunity in marine research and knowledge. However, under the stewardship of the Marine Institute, I am confident that we can navigate the next horizon of change together. My Department is committed to ongoing investment in marine scientific research, international cooperation and building skills capacity in this evolving sector.
“Technology is a fundamental lever of innovation, and I am pleased to see that digital ocean transformation is a key priority in this strategy. While expansion and growth are themes, the focus is most definitely sustainability. The Marine Institute and this government are working towards a climate-neutral, knowledge-based blue economy for Ireland,” Minister McConalogue added.
The period up to 2030 is a critical time for humanity to address global challenges including advancing food and energy security, decarbonisation, and reducing and adapting to climate change. The strategy has been developed in this context and aligns with the priorities set out in the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, recognising the essential role of ocean science in finding solutions to these complex global challenges.
Dr John Killeen, Chairperson of the Marine Institute, says “The work of the Marine Institute is at the centre of how we navigate through the major challenges facing society around food security, climate, and energy:
“Our new corporate strategy sets out an ambitious agenda for the development of the Institute and its service delivery to the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and key clients in a way that informs Government policy and inspires stakeholders and society to understand, value, protect and develop our maritime area and resources.”
Ocean Knowledge that Informs and Inspires supports a sustainable future for Ireland’s marine environment and blue economy, while enabling the Institute to meet new challenges and embrace new opportunities.
Eight priority areas
Each of the eight strategic priority areas includes a clearly defined ambition along with a targeted set of outcomes (See below)
The new strategy has been developed in close consultation with Government, industry and civil society stakeholders and we thank them for their valuable inputs.
Sinéad Coyne, Marine Institute e. email@example.com m. +353 (0) 87 947 7090
Notes to the Editor:
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. www.marine.ie