Discussion on the socio-economic aspects of the artisanal fisheries and aquaculture, challenges and opportunities for sustainable policies

20 September 2022

On July 18th 2022, Prof Stephen Hynes of SEMRU, Whitaker Institute was part of a panel discussion at the Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries of the European Commission Policy Day held in Vigo, Spain. The event was held in collaboration with the 20th Biennial IIFET conference. The theme of the Policy Day was “Socio-economic aspects of the artisanal fisheries and aquaculture, challenges and opportunities for sustainable policies”. Prof Hynes was invited by the Commission to be part of a high-level panel discussing “Challenges and opportunities for sustainable policies in artisanal fisheries and aquaculture”. The other panel members were Ernesto Penas, former director at the Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries of the European Commission, Amber Himes Cornell of the UN Fisheries and Aquaculture Division (UN FAO) and Will Symes of the OECD Fisheries Committee Secretariat. Angel Calvo, Deputy Head of Unit, Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries of the European Commission, moderated the session.

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Ireland's Ocean Economy Survey 2022

23 June 2022

The Marine Institute and SEMRU at NUI Galway, are conducting a survey of marine and marine-related businesses as part of the regular reporting on Ireland's Ocean Economy. Although the CSO and other State organisations provide some data on marine related economic activity, there is a need to supplement this data with company surveys across a number of sectors (advanced marine technology products and services, offshore renewable energy, marine commerce and legal services, marine manufacturing, construction and engineering).

Previous ocean economy reports are available on the reports section of our website. The survey will be open over the months of June and July with the results published later this year. The survey is available at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/OceanEconomy2022Offshore.

In addition to general economic figures collected, this year's survey includes a section on the impact of COVID-19 and other external factors affecting marine businesses.

If you have any queries, please contact Marie-Christin.Lanser@Marine.ie or stephen.hynes@nuigalway.ie

Oyster reefs and nature-based solutions to coastal damage

4 May 2022

An article based on research by Prof. Stephen Hynes has been recently published by Afloat. The article highlights the findings of a study on the costs and benefits of natural-based solutions versus grey infrastructures to protect coastal amenities from climate change-related events. The study was based on the Rinville coastal trail (Co. Galway) that is subject to coastal flooding. By analysing the recreational value of the coastal trail and the costs of green and grey infrastructures, the research found that oyster reefs, as a nature-based solution,  are cost-effective and provide additional benefits in terms of biodiversity and marine habitat restoration. The Afloat article can be seen here and the journal paper that the article is passed on can be downloaded here.

Four new Whitaker Institute Policy Briefs from SEMRU

31 March 2022

Four Whitaker Institute Policy Briefs from the SEMRU team have been issued in the past month. The papers highlight the recent research outputs from the unit. Policy Brief no 92 discusses findings from a recent study that examined public preferences for the development of offshore wind farms incorporating electricity trade.  Policy Brief no 93 reviewed a recent paper that looks at the role of economic valuation and appraisal in marine policy making. Policy Brief no 94 summarizes the results from a regional assessment of the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic restrictions on the distribution of employment in the Irish ocean economy while Policy Brief no 94 reviews the findings from a recent study that examined the costs and benefits of protecting a coastal amenity from climate change-related hazards. More information on each policy brief can be found under the Policy Briefs section on the SEMRU Publication web pages.

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SEMRU co-edit special journal issue focused on the evolution of the ocean economy research agenda

28 February 2022

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A special issue of The Journal of Ocean and Coastal Economics that featured eleven papers drawn from the International Symposium on the Oceans in National Income Accounts hosted by the Whitaker Institute last year has been launched.  Prof Stephen Hynes of the Socio-Economic Marine Research Unit (SEMRU), Whitaker Institute and Prof Charles Colgan of the Center for the Blue Economy, Middlebury Institute of International Studies, Monterey, California were co-editors of the special issue. The symposium was held on the 24th and 25th of March 2021. In line with the presentations at the symposium the papers in the special issue cover the current status of defining the ocean economy within national accounts, the expansion of ocean accounting to include environmental economic values, and methodological tools to assist the integration. The introductory paper to the special issue, authored by the co-editors “From Monterey to Galway: Evolution of the Oceans in National Income Accounts” reviews the evolution of thinking on ocean economy and environment accounting since the first symposium held back in 2015 and also provides an overview of the selected eleven papers.

The symposium was supported with funding from the European Regional Development Fund and the EU Interreg Atlantic Area Programme via the SEMRU led MOSES project (EAPA_224/2016). The special issue is available to download here: Journal of Ocean and Coastal Economics, Volume 8, Issue 2 while the presentations from the Fifth International Symposium on the Oceans in National Income Accounts are available watch here