Irish Sea Marine Leisure Network

Irish Sea Marine Leisure Network

Aims & Objectives

ISMLKN aims to develop an integrated Irish Sea marine leisure sector to provide a knowledge based network for the industry.

The project will take a 4-strand integrated approach, with the following objectives:

Marine Leisure Industry (MLI) Sector Commercial Development

  • Pan-Irish Sea research to establish private sector commercial needs
  • Further research into skills needs, in partnership with education bodies (eg. Marine Colleges, HE & FE Institutes, etc.), to identify detailed need & gaps
  • Develop & deliver sector-specific commercial support, using both internal resource & where appropriate, external resource available from Ireland/ Wales structural business development programmes
  • Develop & introduce industry-led training & up skilling packages in partnership with marine colleges, vocational training consultancies & specialist bodies ( led by NWW)
  • Act as ‘catalyst’ to industry growth, including integration with other aspects of marine leisure, sector-specific training, clusters, best practice, entrepreneurial development, etc.

Marine Events and Festivals

  • Mapping of existing maritime events
  • Explore opportunities for development of existing & new events
  • Identify & quantify economic impact of events to MLI & regions
  • Marine events & competitions management resource development

Collaborative Marketing and Communications

  • Establish ISMLKN, incl. on-line knowledge resource & website, using internal & external resources, via
  • Joint marketing & promotion of project to the industry, public sector, & stakeholders
  • Ongoing communications with the industry, public sector & stakeholders
  • Engagement with associated bodies to project (eg. Visit Wales, Failté Ireland, British Marine Federation, RYA, marine colleges, communities, Irish Marine Federation, IMOA, ISA, IUC)

Identifying Opportunities for Growth

  • Research & input of MLI’s contribution to Irish Sea Marine Leisure policy at top level
  • Input MLI’s contribution to ICZM policy at top level
  • Identify, collate & assess MLI’s impact on eco & socio development
  • Collate & analyse existing data on pan-Irish Sea MLI & identify gaps
Partner ERDF (€) Total Project Budget (€)
Pembrokeshire Business Initiative LP 60,420 80,559
Irish Marine Federation 292,489 389,985
South West Wales Marine Leisure 340,554 454,072
North Wales Watersports 393,302 524,404
Total 1,086,765 1,449,020
Location in Ireland and Wales where the project is carried out

Counties in Ireland where the project is carried out:

Carlow, Dublin, Kildare, Kilkenny, Meath, Tipperary, Waterford, Wexford, Wicklow

Counties in Wales where the project is carried out:

Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Conwy, Denbighshire, Gwynedd, Isle of Anglesey, Pembrokeshire


Name Organisation Email Telephone
Jo Brindley - Lead Partner Pembrokeshire Business Initiative (PBI), Havens Head Business Park, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, SA73 3LD, Wales.
Steven Conlon - Irish Federation of Marine Industries (IMF), 2, Lower Glenageary Rd, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin, Ireland.
Richard Roberts - North Wales 1b Llys Onnen Parc Menai Bangor, Gwynedd, LL57 4DF
David Reed - Encompass Consulting trading as South & West Wales Marine Leisure (EC) (SWWML), Havens Head Business Park, Milford HAVEN, Pembrokeshire, SA73 3LD, Wales.