At the 2021 AGM the membership approved the change of the THS UK trading name to The Hydrographic Society UK & Ireland” (THS:UKI).
Commenting on the change, David Parker CEO said “Ireland has always been one of our regional chapters and was effectively treated as a region of the UK with this arrangement. For some time I have wanted to make what I see as a simple correction – to change our name to reflect the true situation. I believe this is long overdue as Ireland has been undergoing an expansion within the hydrographic sector, led by a burgeoning marine renewables sector and a world leading government seabed mapping programme undertaking combined hydrographic, geophysical and habitat mapping. Ireland’s marine Exclusive Economic Zone is more than ten times its land mass, so the potential growth in seabed mapping activity is substantial. We feel that the name change will help the Ireland Branch grow the Society in Ireland by seeking out new individual and corporate members.”