Economic impact from expansion of the Irish aquaculture sector

As part of the European Union (EU)’s Blue growth Strategy to create sustainable growth and employment in the marine economy, aquaculture has been identified as a sector with high growth potential. In Ireland, the Strategic Plan for Sustainable Aquaculture Development (NSPSAD) sets out a target of achieving production levels, for all aquaculture sub-sectors, at or… | Read on »

No panaceas in sea fisheries management

This research involved an evaluation of fisher’s preferences for various management measures proposed under the EU Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) reform process, but the conclusions have wider relevance as similar measures are used by comparable fleets in fisheries globally. The choice experiment survey was conducted with fishers involved in mixed pelagic and demersal fisheries in… | Read on »

Stem courses key to Ireland making gains post-Brexit

Universities’ initiative aims to create highly skilled workforce for high-tech sector. The British general election result has done little to assuage Irish fears for industry here post-Brexit but with a booming Stem (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) sector, Ireland is well placed to make gains. According to leading economist Prof Alan Ahearne of the Whitaker… | Read on »

Consultation and compensation may be required to ease farmers’ concerns about Greenway land acquisition

There are ambitious plans for an extensive network of off-road walking and cycling routes, known as Greenways, across the island of Ireland. Research has shown that Greenways can bring wide-ranging benefits to rural communities, providing peaceful routes for school-children, recreationalists and tourists alike. Successful Greenways have opened in Mayo, Waterford and elsewhere, generally using State-owned… | Read on »

How Brexit will hit your pocket – and ways to help ease the pain

Brexit will have a more permanent impact on Ireland than the financial crisis which rocked the country in 2008, a top economist has warned. “The shock from Brexit won’t be as deep as the 2008 financial crisis – but it will be more permanent,” said Alan Ahearne, director of the Whitaker Institute in NUI Galway,… | Read on »

Irish marine environment shown to have high value as a recreational angling resource

Sea anglers are one of the main marine recreation user groups in Ireland. Within Ireland, an estimated 127,000 people go sea angling every year along Ireland’s 5,600 kilometres of coastline (Inland Fisheries Ireland, 2015). However, as an activity, sea angling is often over-looked in debates related to the sustainability of commercial fisheries, tourism and impacts… | Read on »

Protecting multiple types of innovation

Engaging in multiple types of innovation with different time horizons and risk levels has been found to be important for organisational performance. However, organisations face particular challenges when they engage in more than one type of innovation such as radical, incremental, customer-oriented, and technological innovation. Typically, innovations with a greater likelihood of short-term success command… | Read on »

Full House for the Whitaker Institute PhD forum 2017

On 24th May 2017, the Whitaker Institute hosted its second forum for NUI Galway PhD students in the Hardiman Research Building.  Targeted at students at all stages of their PhD, the event was full, with 65 students attending. The event was opened by the Director of the Whitaker Institute, Professor Alan Ahearne.  The day was… | Read on »

Minister Creed meets SEMRU researchers at the cutting edge of marine research in Ireland at the Marine Institute

On Wednesday last, the Minister for Agriculture Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, met the researchers who were successful in winning research funding through the most recent round of the Marine Research Measure. The Whitaker’s Socio-Economic Marine Unit was awarded €523,000 for the research project Valuing and understanding the dynamics of Ireland’s Ocean Economy, a project that aims… | Read on »