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Mackerel freshly caught and piled up for sale
Mercury levels of fish and shellfish landed by fishing boats at Irish ports are low and well within EU guidelines for human consumption, as underscored by a recent briefing from UCD’s Institute of Food and Health. However, as Derek Evans…
Jack Porter, Loughs Agency; Angela Dobbins, Deputy Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council; Mark Langtry (Mark the Science Guy); Zach James, Loughs Agency
Loughs Agency’s 'Water Warriors' events took place this week in the Foyle and Carlingford catchment areas. The events, which form part of the Agency’s Foyle & Carlingford Ambassador Programmes, attracted hundreds of post-primary pupils to partake in a 'fully immersive'…
President Michael D. Higgins was among the 160 guests at an event held in Cork Harbour on Friday to launch the European Union’s Mission to protect and restore ocean and inland waters in the Atlantic and Arctic regions by 2030. The National Maritime College of Ireland was the venue for the gathering which brought together Ministers and high-level representatives from Atlantic and Arctic countries, the Lord Mayors of Cork city and county and actors and stakeholders from government, academia, business and civil society
Cork has become the first city to sign up to the European Commission’s Charter to restore oceans and waters. Under the ‘Horizon Europe Programme,’ the Commission has launched several ‘Missions’ which it says are focused on “critical areas, to bring…
Kestutis Sadauskas, Deputy Director-General, DG Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Fiona Grant, MI  and John Bell, Director of Healthy Planet at the Cork Harbour launching of a major initiative to protect ocean and inland waters in the Atlantic and Arctic by 2030
President Michael D. Higgins was among the 160 guests at an event held in Cork Harbour on Friday to launch the European Union’s Mission to protect and restore ocean and inland waters in the Atlantic and Arctic regions by 2030.…
From left to right Dr. Ciaran Kelly, Director of Fisheries Ecosystems Advisory Services, Marine Institute, Mr. Charlie McConalogue T.D, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine and Dr. Paul Connolly, CEO, Marine Institute
Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue TD, visited the Marine Institute in Galway today and received the Marine Institute’s annual 2022 Fish Stock Book. The detailed annual publication provides the latest impartial scientific advice on the status…
The research vessel Tom Crean in port
Research survey TC22016 will be carried out in the southern Irish Sea off the Wexford/Wicklow coast by University College Dublin from next Wednesday 30 November to Friday 9 December, subject to weather and operational constraints. The aim of this research…
New LNG battery hybrid vessel in traffic at the Port of Gothenburg, Sweden - A newly built ship with special environmental and climate characteristics was christened at the Port of Gothenburg in November 2022. The vessel in question is an LNG/battery hybrid ship that already today meets IMO's 2030 target for shipping's carbon dioxide efficiency.
EU moves to ensure shipping uses low carbon fuels will have a “moderate” but not “dramatic” effect on the Irish economy, according to University of Galway economist Prof Alan Ahearne. As The Sunday Independent reports, research due to be published…
From left: Marine Institute chief executive Dr Paul Connolly with Michael Gillooly, director of oceans, climate and information services (OCIS) and Patrick O’Donovan, Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform at the Marine Institute’s headquarters in Oranmore, Co Galway on Monday 14 November
Earlier today (Monday 14 November), Patrick O’Donovan, Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform visited the Marine Institute’s headquarters in Oranmore, Co Galway. The minister met with the…
Waterways Ireland have shared their enthusiasm at once again being a part of Science Week, which runs this year from Sunday 13 to Sunday 20 November. The Learning Zone website will host ‘Explore Ireland’s Waterways’, an online workshop which takes…
Prof Dearbháile Morris of the University of Galway’s One Health team said that coastal waters are “important for tourism, fishing and recreational activities”
The impact of climate change on pathogens in coastal waters, which may pose health risks is the focus of a new EU-funded research project involving University of Galway scientists. The €10m Horizon Europe project involves scientists in 12 institutes across…
Two children on the shore watch the RV Tom Crean enter Galway Harbour
The Marine Institute, alongside the Explorers Education Programme, will be showcasing the new RV Tom Crean and its work in marine science at the 2022 Galway Science and Technology Festival this weekend. Families are invited to the Bailey Allen Hall…
The RV Tom Crean features on RTÉ Nationwide this Monday, 7th November on RTÉ One at 7p
Ireland’s newest national marine research vessel, the RV Tom Crean, will feature on RTÉ Nationwide on Monday, 7th November, at 7 pm on RTÉ One. Ireland’s latest marine research vessel is named the RV Tom Crean after the legendary Irish…
Jonny McNee of the DAERA marine plan team photographs the rotor and rotor blades of the discovered Royal Navy Dragonfly helicopter
The crash site of a rare Royal Navy helicopter lost in 1958 has been discovered as part of a scientific survey of the Northern Ireland coastline. Remnants of the aircraft were initially spotted in aerial photos of Lough Foyle as…
Tiger shark
Researchers from Trinity College Dublin are among a team of marine scientists that have used tiger sharks to discover the world’s largest seagrass ecosystem. According to The Irish Times, the team attached cameras to the sharks who inhabit the enormous…
Post-doctoral fellows at the symposium hosed by the Marine Institute in Rinville on the shores of Galway Bay on Tuesday 25 October
The Marine Institute hosted its first Post-Doctoral Fellowship Symposium on Tuesday 25 October where the fellows or their supervisors presented the progress and current research findings of their projects. These cover a wide range of topics, from the effects of…
Year Seven pupils participated in the freshwater habitat study against the backdrop of the historic Drumahoe Bridge
The Loughs Agency’s Education Team were recently invited to Drumahoe Primary School in Derry to facilitate a freshwater habitat study of the River Faughan. Over 50 Year Seven pupils participated in the activity against the backdrop of the historic Drumahoe…

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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