LIMERICK docks is one of nine strategic sites earmarked in a new plan for the future development and management of marine-related industry and tourism along the Shannon estuary.
Minister for Planning, Jan O’Sullivan, will launch a major Strategic Integrated Framework Plan (SIFP) for the Shannon estuary at The Inn at Dromoland on Thursday.
The launch will be attended by 19 stakeholders engaged in the development and management of the estuary.
The land and marine-based plan, the first of its type to be developed in the country, has been commissioned by a multi-agency steering group comprising Limerick City and County Councils, Clare County Council as lead authority, Kerry County Council and Shannon Foynes Port Company.
Over the coming months the SIFP will be incorporated into the relevant County and City Development Plans in counties Limerick, Clare and Kerry.
The Shannon Estuary features 500km of navigable water running from Loop Head and Kerry Head as far as Limerick City, a distance of 100km.
The estuary is Ireland’s premier deepwater port, routinely catering for ships up to 200,000 deadweight tonnage, with key ports at Limerick and Foynes.
It is home to a number of large industries and employers, including ESB Moneypoint, Aughinish Alumina, Tarbert Power Station and Shannon Airport.
Meanwhile, the Estuary supports a variety of economic uses but is also rich in natural resources, wildlife and ecosystems.