The Irish Ocean Literacy Network (IOLN) aims to bring together relevant institutes, agencies, researchers, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), non-governmental organisations (NGOs), individuals and educators who are working towards the vision of “achieving an ocean literate society across the island of Ireland”.
An ocean literate society is one which understands the ocean’s influence on us and vice versa - therefore, an ocean literate citizen:
· Understands the importance of the ocean to humankind
· Can communicate about the ocean in a meaningful way
· Can make informed and responsible decisions regarding the ocean and its resources.
The activities of the group support the 3 key goals of Ireland’s Our Ocean Wealth strategy: to create a thriving maritime economy, to support healthy ecosystems and promote engagement with the sea, in addition to those of the UK’s Marine Policy Statement in Northern Ireland.