The Iceland Ocean Cluster are happy to announce a new cooperation with Nua na Mara, Marine Innovation Development Centre, Ireland.  Our two organisations have agreed to build cooperation by signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU).  This document was signed by Dr. Alexandra Leeper, head of research and innovation at the Iceland Ocean Cluster and by Cliodhna Ní Ghriofa, business development manager at Nua na Mara. This mutual commitment will build connections between the clusters and the entrepreneurs in both countries and support development in mutual interest projects.  Particular focus will be given to knowledge transfer and mutual development of 100% utilisation of seafood products, culture of seaweeds and marine biotechnology.

The Nua na Mara is an enterprise founded by Údarás na Gaeltachta and co-funded by Enterprise Ireland.  Nua na Mara supports the development of marine start-ups and businesses and seeks to bridge the gap between innovative ideas and commercialisation through business supports, facilities and consultation and linking to funding opportunities. They work in close collaboration with two Irish institutes, National University of Ireland, Galway and Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology as well as key marine stakeholders.  Nua na Mara will be located in a proposed dedicated marine business park called Páirc Na Mara which will boost marine innovation in Ireland. Nua Na Mara – Páirc Na Mara (

Like Iceland, Ireland has a long historical connection with the ocean and the blue bioeconomy is a key part of future development plans.  We look forward to future co-operation between our two organisations.