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Solutions to climate issues on sea and land is the theme of the Young Reporters for the Environment (YRE) competition 2023
Budding young journalists interested in climate issues affecting the marine environment are urged to participate in a contest run by An Taisce. Solutions to climate issues on sea and land is the theme of the Young Reporters for the Environment…
Marine Institute's Research Facility in Furnace, Newport, Co Mayo
The Marine Institute's Research Facility in Furnace, Newport, Co Mayo, will open its doors to primary school students this month, and hold an Open Day for all on Sunday, 2nd April 2023, from 11 am to 4 pm. Pupils from…
A bluefin tuna caught, tagged and released in the Atlantic in September last year as part of 2022’s Tuna CHART programme
Ireland’s Tuna CHART bluefin tuna sea angling survey programme for 2023 has opened for charter skippers to apply. Anglers in Ireland will once again have the opportunity to catch and release bluefin tuna in 2023 through the continuation of the…
Ensuring a sustainable future for our ocean is one of the great missions of the next decade
After more than a decade of negotiations, the countries of the United Nations have agreed the first-ever treaty to protect the world's oceans that lie outside national boundaries. The UN High Seas Treaty places 30% of the world's oceans into…
Reaching more than 2.5 metres in length, the Flapper Skate (Dipturus intermedius) is one of the largest skate species in the world. Due to overexploitation in fisheries and habitat degradation, the Fapper Skate has been in decline for decades
Protection and management of the endangered skate is the focus of a conference in Galway this week involving international specialists. The Flapper Skate and Blue Skate are at risk and have been prohibited from commercial fishing for almost 15 years,…
Attending the SeaMonitor-STRAITS Conference at Derry’s Guildhall, from left: Ross McGill, principal project officer of SeaMonitor Project, Loughs Agency; Dr Joanne O’Brien, Atlantic Technological University; Dr Niall Ó Maoiléidigh, Marine Institute; Dr Fred Whoriskey, Ocean Tracking Network; Dr Colin Adams, University of Glasgow; Sharon McMahon, CEO of the Loughs Agency; Dr Oliver Ó Cadhla, Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage Ireland; Andrew King, Special EU Programmes Body; Colin Armstrong, Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs; and Dr Jonathan Houghton, Queens University Belfast
The Loughs Agency welcomed an international delegation of almost 100 marine scientists, academics and political representatives to Derry for the much-anticipated SeaMonitor-STRAITS Conference, which took place at the city’s Guildhall on Thursday 23 and Friday 24 February. The two-day event,…
Skate and ray surveys in Tralee Bay in Co. Kerry were one of the projects grant-aided last year
Citizen marine scientists and nature enthusiasts can apply for a grant of up to 5,000 euros to capture and record Ireland’s natural history. The National Parks and Wildlife Service manages applications for the scheme, which are being sought by Minister…
DiadESland is an interactive role-playing engagement tool tha gives stakeholders and managers an opportunity to discuss the impact of climate change on migratory fish, rivers and catchments
This Thursday 2 March, Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) in Waterford is hosting a workshop with a twist — to play a serious game called DiadESland, about managing diadromous fish species. DiadESland is an interactive role-playing engagement tool developed through the…
Ireland is to develop nature-based solutions in coastal areas to protect biodiversity, improve resilience to climate change and reduce the impact of pollution under a new programme of measures for the marine environment
Ireland is to develop nature-based solutions in coastal areas to protect biodiversity, improve resilience to climate change and reduce the impact of pollution under a new programme of measures for the marine environment Ireland’s plan to maintain or achieve “good…
Geological Survey Ireland (GSI) and the Marine Institute have issued their schedule of hydrographic and geophysical survey operations to be undertaken by INFOMAR in the Celtic Sea, Atlantic Ocean, western coastal areas and Irish Sea areas between March and November…
A proposed clean maritime innovation centre at the Middle Dock next to Harland & Wolff’s  Appledore shipyard, in north Devon, England has recently received £15.6mn in investment. Above Afloat adds today at the Centre for Future Clean Mobility (CFCM) at the University of Exeter, the MP Ben Bradshaw visited to learn about the centres role in reducing emissions in transport. “The work being carried out here clearly shows how research is making significant headway in cleaning up emissions from sectors such as maritime, off-highway and defence”.
In south-west England, Torridge District Council has received its largest ever investment of £15.6mn to boost and develop its proposed Clean Maritime Innovation Centre at Middle Dock located next to Harland & Wolff’s Appledore shipyard. The funding for the Centre…
The winning team “Power Up” Back row, L to R: Manuel Bruch, PhD student and event organising team, UCD; Ikechukwu Ogbu, ATU – Galway; Martin Walsh, Derek Thorton, Lecturer, ATU Galway, Dr Rick Officer, Vice President for Research and Innovation, ATU; and James Briton, PhD Student and event organizing team, UCD. Middle Row, L to R: Orla Skehill, learning Technologist, ATU; Damien Toner; Tenis Tanjan, Frank Kane, Gail Quinn, HR Leader & HRBP EMEA, Trane Technologies. Front row, L to R: Dr Jack Saad; Dr Carine Gachon, Head of Transcend and Event organising team; Edbin Ostilio Buezo Zuniga; Ontiretse Ishmael; Xing Ying Chuang; Dr Orla Flynn, ATU President; Peter Turley, Corporate Sales Speaker and Trainer.
A student team has won the Irish leg of an international contest for a design that draws on hydropower and wind power to generate electricity stored in a battery. The “affordable clean energy generator system” uses both hydropower and wind…
Juvenile giant limpets reproduced by University of Corsica Stella Mare research centre scientists
Marine scientists at the University of Corsica say they have mastered the reproduction of the giant limpet as part of a ten-year research programme on vulnerable species. This could “pave the way for a large-scale ecological restoration” in the Mediterranean…
RV Tom Crean at sea
PSE Kinsale Energy Limited will be carrying out pipeline and debris clearance surveys commencing on or around Friday 17 February, weather depending. The approximately 10 days of surveys will take place along the routes of decommissioned — but remaining in-situ…
Young scientists Faye Sweeney and Robin Troy looking for freshwater pearl mussels from the Marine Institute’s captive breeding programme at its research facility in Newport, Co Mayo
The Marine Institute has shared its pride in celebrating the International Day of Women and Girls in Science on Saturday 11 February and the important contributions made by women throughout the organisation. The theme for the eighth International Day of…
An Irish short film featuring communities who make a living from the sea is set to reach global audiences tonight (Tuesday, February 7th). Fair Seas: The Kingdom of Kerry has been selected for inclusion at the Festival of Ocean Films…

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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