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Collaborative Research Project Develops Marine Toxin Warning Network
The Marine Institute has collaborated with 10 European partners as part of the research project Alertox-Net: Atlantic Area Network for Innovative Toxicity Alert Systems for Safer Seafood Products. Alertox-Net has focused on developing a marine toxin warning network to facilitate…
Explorers Education Project Features in New ‘European Blue Schools’ Handbook
The Marine Institute’s Explorers Education Programme is pleased to be included in the publication of the European Blue Schools handbook for teachers. This handbook was recently released as part of the launch of the European Blue Schools project’s Find the Blue…
Deploying the SLOCUM Glider. The SeaMonitor project uses innovative marine species tracking technology to better understand vulnerable marine life in our oceans
Clew Bay and Achill, Co Mayo will be among the key study areas in SeaMonitor, a unique marine research project which is using innovative marine species tracking technology to better understand and protect vulnerable marine life in our oceans. The…
Plastic particles from the shores of Dhigurah island in the Maldives, home to a significant population of whale sharks
Next Tuesday 13 April the Cork Nature Network hosts a free talk in the impact of microplastics on the marine environment, and specifically on the largest fish in the sea. During this talk, Dr Alina Wieczorek will be presenting her…
The state-of-the-art scientific facilities at the Plataforma Oceánica de Canarias (PLOCAN) in Gran Canaria, Spain
The Marine Institute has announced funding of €0.24 million for the first two Eoin Sweeney PhD Scholarships to run over the next four years. This Scholarship Programme has been established by the Marine Institute and Plataforma Oceánica de Canarias (PLOCAN)…
Map for the PORO-CLIM survey to take place from 5-30 May
The Department of Transport has been advised that a marine geophysical survey will be carried out from 5-30 May southwest of Rockall Plateau and across the Porcupine Abyssal Plain and Porcupine Seabight. This survey is part of the Irish marine…
Tagged bluefin tuna in Donegal Bay during the first pilot programme in 2019
Building on the success of pilot programmes in 2019 and 2020, the Tuna CHART (CatcH And Release Tagging) fishery to collect scientific data on bluefin tuna will return in 2021, subject to COVID-19 restrictions. Tuna CHART is a collaborative scientific…
DB 500 data buoys like these will be deployed in Tralee Bay by TechWorks Marine for the next five weeks
TechWorks Marine advises that it is set to deploy two marine monitoring buoys in Tralee Bay as part of environmental oceanographic monitoring for Fenit Harbour. The DB 500 data buoys will be deployed tomorrow, Friday 26 March, weather depending, and…
The Irish Marine Data Buoy Observation Network (IMDBON) has provided crucial data for weather forecasting and safety at sea for the past 20 years
Today on World Meteorological Day, the Irish Marine Institute and Ireland's National Meteorological Service, Met Éireann, are celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Irish Marine Data Buoy Observation Network. The theme of this year's World Meteorological Day is 'The ocean,…
Wakame or Japanese kelp in Greystones Harbour in County Wicklow
Scientists from NUI Galway and Seasearch Ireland are asking divers and marina users to keep an eye out for Undaria pinnatifida, commonly known as Wakame or Japanese kelp. This species was first recorded in Belfast Lough, Northern Ireland in 2012,…
Irish Virtual Launch Event for Horizon Europe This Thursday
Running from 2021-2027, Horizon Europe will be the most ambitious research and innovation programme in the world with a budget of €95 billion. Building on the achievements of Horizon 2020, Horizon Europe offers a broad range of opportunities for Irish…
A launch off an app is to take place at the European Dynamic Positioning (DP) Virtual Conference next Wednesday, 24th March (09:00 - 13:00). For details of this payment ticketed event click below. Above: Operator's SubSeas 7's subsea installation construction (DP) vessel Seven Borealis which specilises in pipelay projects and is capable of heavy lift operations.
An App is to be launched at the European Dynamic Positioning (DP) Virtual Conference next Wednesday, 24 March (09:00 - 13:00) The event is a collaboration of the Nautical Institute (NI) and the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA).  (As Afloat…
A massive 2 tonne, 13ft buoy was dropped into the Celtic Sea off the coast of Baltimore, Co. Cork as part of Ireland’s first-ever real-time acoustic monitoring project of cetacean species (whales, dolphins and porpoise) to examine the impact rising ocean noise pollution has on Irish marine life. The buoy will spend the next 12 months recording whale species as part of the Smart Whale Sounds project carried out by Ocean Research & Conservation Association Ireland, supported by Rainforest Connection and Huawei Ireland through its TECH4ALL programme. Pictured is Dr Emer Keaveney, Marine Mammal Ecologist, Ocean Research & Conservation Association Ireland
Ireland’s first real-time acoustic monitoring project of cetacean species (whales, dolphins and porpoise) began this week off the South Coast of Ireland, with the goal of creating a near real-time detection model for these species and examining the impact rising…
 The new forecast system provides shellfish producers and official authorities with advance warning that allow them to take rapid mitigating measures to affected shellfish beds and, if necessary, post warnings in coastal areas where there is a direct health risk
As lead partners in a three year Interreg funded project Predicting the Impact of Regional Scale events on the Aquaculture Sector (PRIMROSE), the Marine Institute has developed a web portal that helps predict the risk and impact of harmful algal…
VIRTUAL VOYAGER: An 'online' view taken from RV Celtic Voyager's wheelhouse with below marine biology students ashore! taking in the 'live-streaming' from tutors while in Dublin Bay.
RV Celtic Voyager of the Marine Institute, Ireland's national agency for marine research, development and innovation, has been working in south Dublin Bay this week, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 31.4m ship to be replaced next year by a Spanish newbuild, to…
Mussel culture
The latest research has shown that the impacts of climate change are already evident in Irish marine waters, with the patterns of harmful algal blooms changing in recent decades. The research, undertaken by the Marine Institute, also indicates that the…

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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