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Drones were used to capture overhead images of dolphins in the Moray Firth Special Area of Conservation
Pregnancies in bottlenose dolphins can now be determined from images captured by drone, according to new research. As the Irish Examiner reports, marine scientists from University of Aberdeen and Duke University have flown drones over the Moray Firth Special Area…
A number of exploratory mountaineering objectives have been chosen on Milne Land and Renland (above), within reach of the coast, using the yacht as a floating base.
In July 2022, the yacht ‘Danú of Galway’ will depart from Ireland for Scoresby Sound, East Greenland, the largest fjord in the world. The team will comprise of a small group of independent adventurers aiming to sail to and climb…
The foiling Persico 69F is making its debut on USA waters at the Bacardi Winter Series 2 at Miami
With an investment of €2.6 million under the Marine Institute’s 2021 Blue Carbon call, two Irish research teams led by Dr Grace Cott and Dr Mark Coughlan of University College Dublin, will undertake a substantial programme of research to investigate…
INFOMAR
INFOMAR will conduct a programme of hydrographic and geophysical surveys in the Celtic Sea, Atlantic Ocean, Irish Sea and western coastal areas between March and November this year. Covering some 125,000sqkm of underwater territory, INFOMAR (Integrated Mapping for the Sustainable…
Citizen Sea in Bangor Marina
Northern Ireland’s first boat-based environmental charity, Citizen Sea, will be presenting several events about the marine environment in Northern Ireland in Belfast from the 24th of February-10th March. Citizen Sea is a grassroots charity, empowering people to engage with and…
Genevieve Cain, Prof Pedro Andrade and the fisherman
Scientists have been able to use forensics to determine drowning in saltwater on prehistoric human remains for what they say is the first time. The research team led by the University of Southampton has confirmed saltwater drowning as the cause…
Women In Science
The Marine Institute is celebrating International Day of Women and Girls in Science on 11th February 2022, by highlighting the many brilliant women who play transformative and ambitious roles in understanding, exploring, protecting and sustainably managing the wealth of our…
The “maritime ambassadors” are part of Eurocean's Youth, a network created by the French Ministry of the Sea and Surfrider Foundation Europe
A team of young European “maritime ambassadors” has called for implementation of an EU-wide maritime surveillance and enforcement programme for the Common Fisheries Policy. Investment in reskilling of people employed in “disappearing sectors” is also one of 11 recommendations made…
Údarás na Gaeltachta and a number of stakeholders secured €2m in funding in 2018 under the Rural Economic Development Fund (REDF) via Enterprise Ireland to establish Nua na Mara
Nua na Mara is the name of a marine innovation development centre established in Conamara by state agency Údarás na Gaeltachta. Based in the State agency’s G-teic hub in Carna, Co Galway, Nua na Mara will provide “specialist training and…
Bluefin tuna in Donegal Bay
Experienced charter skippers can now apply for Ireland’s 2022 bluefin tuna scientific survey programme, as scientists confirm that over 1,100 of the largest tuna in the world have been successfully tagged and released through the programme in the last three…
Basking sharks are a regular visitor to Ireland’s shores in summer months
Queen’s University Belfast has released new research which has revealed that basking sharks overwintering in tropical waters off Africa experience cooler temperatures than those remaining in Ireland. The research, published in Environmental Biology of Fishes 2022, provides evidence to challenge…
The Explorers Ocean Champions project and awards highlights the Marine Institute’s aim to help encourage marine education and engagement at a community level
The Marine Institute’s Explorers Education programme has launched the Explorers We Are Ocean Champions School Project module and Awards this week, recognising the UN’s international education day - Changing Course, Transforming Education. The Explorers new school project module adopts an…
Scallops and a clam found on a plastic toy boat washed up on the Co Clare coast over five years ago represent the first records from European and north-east Atlantic waters
A collection of scallops and one clam found on a plastic toy boat washed up on the Co Clare coast over five years ago represent the first such specimens recorded in Irish waters, marine biologist Declan Quigley says. The eight…
NUI Galway scientist Dr Liam Morrison said the research confirmed that the ubiquity of microplastics is a “serious societal challenge”.
A leading Irish expert on microplastics has warned that the negative health effects may be more widespread, following publication of research linking microplastics with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). NUI Galway scientist Dr Liam Morrison said the research confirmed that the…
Marine Institute’s Bursary Programme 2022
The Marine Institute continues to invest in the next generation of ocean professionals, through the 2022 Summer Bursary Scholarship Programme, which provides third level students with work experience across a number of marine areas. The MI Bursary Scholarship Programme has…
Hauling a survey catch on the RV Celtic Explorer during the Irish Groundfish Survey
Fisheries research undertaken by Marine Institute scientists features in a new short documentary from Europe's leading international news channel. Produced by Euronews, ‘Where’s the catch? The fishery surveys keeping our seas sustainable’ follows the RV Celtic Explorer during the annual…

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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