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Dr Niall McDonough, Director of Policy, Innovation and Research Services at the Marine Institute
Our Shared Ocean, a collaboration between Irish Aid-Department of Foreign Affairs and the Marine Institute, was launched in Lisbon yesterday by Irish Ambassador to Portugal, Ralph Victory, on board the Irish Naval Service Vessel, L.E. George Bernard Shaw, during the…
Ireland is being represented at the UN Ocean Conference in Lisbon, Portugal by Minister of State for Heritage and Electoral Reform Malcolm Noonan
The Fair Seas campaign has welcomed Ireland’s contribution of almost 10 million euro to address ocean challenges faced by developing countries, including small island developing states. The funding was confirmed earlier this week by Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney…
Dr. Paul Connolly, Marine Institute CEO, Dr Jorge Miguel Alberto de Miranda, IPMA, José Maria Costa, Portuguese Secretary of State for Maritime Affairs and Ralf Victory, Irish Ambassador to Portugal, attended the signing ceremony
The Marine Institute (MI - Ireland) and the Instituto Português do Mer e da Atmosfera (IPMA - Portugal) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in Lisbon today. The MoU will enhance cooperation in the Atlantic Ocean area between the…
Dr Maura Lydon of Queen’s University Belfast who has developed a sensor to detect
A new sensor to detect erosion of riverbeds and banks which can cause bridge collapse has been developed by a Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) researcher. The erosion, known as “scour”, is regarded as the leading cause worldwide of major structural…
The new Irish Marine Research Vessel Tom Crean pictured in May 2022 will be delivered to Galway in the Autumn
It is “on time and on budget”. That’s the Marine Institute’s new 25 million euro research ship, RV Tom Crean, due for delivery this autumn. Named after the Kerry polar explorer who worked with both Ernest Shackleton and Sir Robert Scott,…
The Marine Institute welcomes 13 undergraduate students who will expand their knowledge of marine science as part of the 2022 Marine Institute Summer Bursary Scholarship Programme. Their 8 to 12 week placements will be based at the Marine Institute’s Headquarters…
Dr Noirin Burke takes part in filming content on the seashore for the Explorers online teachers training course
The Explorers Education Programme has launched a new online teaching course that will enable teachers all over Ireland to learn about how to bring the ocean into the classroom. Presented in collaboration with the Mayo Education Centre, the online course…
World Oceans Day - The June 8th date was designated by the United Nations
The "underwater treasure" around over 3,000 km of Irish coastline is the theme of three talks hosted by Galway Atlantaquaria to mark World Oceans Day. As Dr Noirín Burke of Galway Atlantaquaria says, Ireland can “boast an incredible range of…
Isabella Lövin, chair of the Stockholm Environment Institute speaking at The Ocean Race Summit Stockholm on Wednesday 1 June
The Ocean Race Summit in Stockholm earlier this week brought together sailors, scientists, policymakers and adventurers to discuss the urgent need to protect Antarctica and the Southern Ocean. Addressing the summit on Wednesday (1 June), Isabella Lövin, chair of Stockholm Environment…
The ROV Holland 1 ready to be deployed at dawn from the RV Celtic Explorer
Tune into a live chat with Ireland’s marine scientists to celebrate World Oceans Day next Wednesday 8 June. The conversation will be broadcast live on the Marine Institute’s socials — Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube — at 10.30am. Join Marine…
In the lead-up to World Oceans Day next Wednesday 8 June, this week the Marine Institute’s Oceans of Learning series looks to the future of marine research with the arrival of Ireland’s new research vessel, the RV Tom Crean. Sea trials…
The harmless-looking goldfish is so voracious that attempting to save its life by releasing it into the wild could be “catastrophic” for native biodiversity, a new study suggests. A study by Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) scientists assessed the ecological impact…
As part of Seaweed Around the Clock 2022 the Marine Institute, in collaboration with Bord Iascaigh Mhara, Irish Seaweed Consultancy and Nua na Mara, will showcase the Irish seaweed sector: 'Ireland's Seaweed Success – Expertise, Innovation and Opportunity' on Thursday…
RV Celtic Voyager and RV Celtic Explorer
Oceans of Learning, a collaboration between the Marine Institute and Government departments and organisations across Ireland, this week focuses on Ireland’s national marine research vessels, the Celtic Voyager and Celtic Explorer. The RV Celtic Voyager came into service in 1997…
A new evaluation has found that 72% of fish populations are
Overfishing is declining in Europe, but progress is “uneven from region to region”, according to a new evaluation. The European objective of 100 per cent sustainable fishing by 2020 has “not been reached” and climate change is “inevitably” affecting fish…
Pupils from Kilglass National School with Seoltóir Na Gaillimhe – the Galway Sailor before its deployment from the RV Celtic Explorer last summer
Kilglass National School in Ahascragh, Co Galway has received the European Blue Schools Award for a mini-project that helped bring marine issues into the classroom. The award is in recognition of the school’s Seoltóir Na Gaillimhe – the Galway Sailor pilotless mini-boat…

Marine Science Perhaps it is the work of the Irish research vessel RV Celtic Explorer out in the Atlantic Ocean that best highlights the essential nature of marine research, development and sustainable management, through which Ireland is developing a strong and well-deserved reputation as an emerging centre of excellence. From Wavebob Ocean energy technology to aquaculture to weather buoys and oil exploration these pages document the work of Irish marine science and how Irish scientists have secured prominent roles in many European and international marine science bodies.

 

At A Glance – Ocean Facts

  • 71% of the earth’s surface is covered by the ocean
  • The ocean is responsible for the water cycle, which affects our weather
  • The ocean absorbs 30% of the carbon dioxide added to the atmosphere by human activity
  • The real map of Ireland has a seabed territory ten times the size of its land area
  • The ocean is the support system of our planet.
  • Over half of the oxygen we breathe was produced in the ocean
  • The global market for seaweed is valued at approximately €5.4 billion
  • · Coral reefs are among the oldest ecosystems in the world — at 230 million years
  • 1.9 million people live within 5km of the coast in Ireland
  • Ocean waters hold nearly 20 million tons of gold. If we could mine all of the gold from the ocean, we would have enough to give every person on earth 9lbs of the precious metal!
  • Aquaculture is the fastest growing food sector in the world – Ireland is ranked 7th largest aquaculture producer in the EU
  • The Atlantic Ocean is the second largest ocean in the world, covering 20% of the earth’s surface. Out of all the oceans, the Atlantic Ocean is the saltiest
  • The Pacific Ocean is the largest ocean in the world. It’s bigger than all the continents put together
  • Ireland is surrounded by some of the most productive fishing grounds in Europe, with Irish commercial fish landings worth around €200 million annually
  • 97% of the earth’s water is in the ocean
  • The ocean provides the greatest amount of the world’s protein consumed by humans
  • Plastic affects 700 species in the oceans from plankton to whales.
  • Only 10% of the oceans have been explored.
  • 8 million tonnes of plastic enter the ocean each year, equal to dumping a garbage truck of plastic into the ocean every minute.
  • 12 humans have walked on the moon but only 3 humans have been to the deepest part of the ocean.

(Ref: Marine Institute)

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