Rising to the Challenge, July 2020

15 July 2020

Researchers at the Whitaker Institute have responded to the COVID-19 crisis with innovative research projects and impactful contributions to the national effort to respond to the pandemic. As part of this drive, SEMRU have been looking at major global economic developments that will have the greatest impact on the performance of Ireland’s ocean economy industries in the near- and medium-term, including the COVID crisis. The research explores the case for increased public and private investment in ocean economy industries, with the COVID crisis posing both challenges and opportunities for Ireland’s ocean economy. Prof. Alan Ahearne and Dr. Stephen Hynes presented preliminary findings from their research to the Inter-Departmental Marine Coordination Group (MCG) convened by the Department of the Taoiseach on 11th June 2020. Read more here: https://spark.adobe.com/page/YkoY2V9bex3Ok/?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fwhitakerinstitute.ie%2Fwhitaker-institute-covid19-response-group%2F&embed_type=overlay&context=lightbox-expand

SEMRU launches a new report valuing domestic coastal and marine tourism and leisure activities in the Republic of Ireland, 18th MAY 2020

18 May 2020


SEMRU has released a report that presents estimates of the value of domestic coastal and marine tourism and leisure activities in the Republic of Ireland. This current report is a compliment to the overseas marine tourism report launched by SEMRU last September. For the current report SEMRU carried out a household survey of domestic residents in 2019, funded by the Marine Institute through its Marine Research Programme. The purpose of the survey was to examine participation rates amongst domestic residents in a variety of marine activities; to examine where Irish residents go for overnight coastal visits and to provide estimates of domestic coastal and marine tourism expenditures for the reference year 2018. The full report is available to download at the following link: A survey of domestic coastal and marine tourism an leisure activities in Ireland. For more information, please contact stephen.hynes@nuigalway.ie.