Ma­rine jobs growth in Ire­land

Fish Farmer - - European News -

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

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