The foreshore is the seabed and shore below the line of high water of ordinary or medium tides and extends outwards to the limit of twelve nautical miles (approximately 22 to 24 km).
The Marine Institute undertakes marine environment data collection activities include seabed habitats, benthos, and water quality of interest to the renewable marine energy sector. This data is available to view and download from Ireland's Marine Atlas and the Marine Institutes Data Repository.
The Offshore Renewable Energy Development Plan (OREDP) which was published in February 2014 identifies the opportunity for the sustainable development of Ireland’s abundant offshore renewable energy resources.
Ireland's offshore marine energy resource is considered substantial by European standards and there is significant potential in harnessing these resources to generate electricity.
Over 83% of Ireland's designated shelf area has been mapped to date, resulting in one of the largest resources of multibeam bathymetric data in the world.