Dáil Éireann - Volume 609 - 08 November, 2005
Written Answers. - National Seabed Survey.
Mr. Perry Mr. Perry
372. Mr. Perry asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources the amount of Government funding that the national seabed survey will receive in 2006; the funding the survey will receive over the coming years; if the team behind the survey will be given the time they want to finish the project in view of the huge progress which has so far been made; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32877/05]
Mr. N. Dempsey Mr. N. Dempsey
Mr. N. Dempsey: The geological survey unit of the Department of Communications, Marine and Natural Resources has agreed a joint programme of work with the Marine Institute. The programme, Integrated Mapping for the Sustainable Development of Ireland’s Marine Resource, or INFOMAR, will be a successor to the Irish national seabed survey. A memorandum for Government has been circulated to Departments for comment. It is hoped to refer the memorandum to the Government shortly. The INFOMAR programme is a 20-year programme but Government funding will be sought for an initial three-year period, 2006-08,  with a review in 2008. The level of funding for 2006 and subsequent years has yet to be finalised.
Dáil Éireann 609 Written Answers. National Seabed Survey.