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Advisory group points to marine research potential

Development of Ireland’s marine potential could create up to 10,000 jobs between now and 2020, says the latest report from the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs.

Launched on 1 May, the report shows that research-driven activity could account for a substantial number of these jobs, including jobs in food research, marine biotechnology and bioprocessing, and hi-tech marine products and services.

More than 16,000 people are employed in all facets of the maritime economy, says the report, but it notes that there is a lack of awareness about potential careers in the sector for engineers, marine biologists, maritime lawyers and environmental scientists.

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