€15m allocated to seabed mapping programme

The government has committed €15m over the next five years to national marine mapping programme.

The INFOMAR project covers 125,000 square kilometres of underwater territory by producing new mapping and integrated products covering the Irish maritime space.

It provides seabed surveys, which are used in all activities from planning for offshore renewable energy projects to ensuring shipping lanes are safely charted.

Over the past eight years, the project has conducted detailed surveys along the SouthWest, South and East coasts and completed mapping of most Irish bays and harbours including, Dublin, Cork, Shannon and Galway.

The Minister for Natural Resources, Fergus O'Dowd, today announced details of upcoming INFOMAR projects which he says is "the most valuable resource for marine research and development in Ireland."

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