The Irish Marine Federation says barriers to investment and sustainability around the Irish coastline have for ‘too long stymied growth’

The new chairman of the Irish Marine Federation (IMF) has said barriers to investment and sustainability around the Irish coastline have for ‘too long stymied growth in the marine sphere’. Paal Janson made the remarks as the IMF presented its submission on Marine Spatial Planning framework this month.

Ireland is preparing a framework for new legislation said to be one of the most significant pieces of national maritime law for several decades. The new regulations will deal with when and where human activities can take place at sea and ensure these activities are as efficient and sustainable as possible.

The IMF is the national organisation representing both the leisure and commercial sectors of the marine industry in Ireland and is part of the government’s Advisory Group on Marine Spatial Planning.

As well as many opportunities, the proposed legislation brings a number of possible threats to recreational craft users.

The steps towards delivering a planning system for the seas around Ireland were set out by government in 2017.

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