Marine jobs growth in Ireland
IRELAND has seen a 16 per cent growth in marine employment, boosted by strong performance in the aquaculture, sea fisheries, shipping and marine tourism industries.
The direct economic value of Ireland’s ocean economy now stands at € 2 billion or approximately one per cent of GDP, which represents a 21 per cent increase on 2015 figures.
Fisheries minister Michael Creed welcomed recent positive growth trends and told delegates at the annual Our Ocean Wealth summit in Galway last month that it represented a ‘joined up approach to growing Ireland’s blue economy’.
‘The 2017 estimates suggest that our blue economy continues to grow at a faster pace than the general economy,’ he said.
‘A really encouraging statistic is the growth in employment for the marine sector which has risen from 27,888 (FTEs) in 2015 to an estimated 32,509 (FTEs) in 2017, an increase of 16.6 per cent.’
The summit forms a key part of the government’s integrated plan for Ireland’s marine sector and brings together national and international expert speakers, industry leaders, business development agencies and the Irish business and marine research community.
This year’s discussions focused on the overall theme of ‘Investing in Marine Ireland’.
Above: Fishmongers in Cork City, Ireland