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The final resting place of the SS Mesaba in the Irish Sea, as detected by Bangor University researchers
The ship which sent an iceberg warning to the RMS Titanic, before the ocean liner sank, has been identified lying in the Irish Sea by researchers from Bangor University in Wales. In 1912 the merchant steamship SS Mesaba was crossing…
New marine research ship to be named in a ceremony held in Dingle
RV Tom Crean, Ireland’s newest marine research vessel named after the Kerry explorer will be officially commissioned in Dingle next month, reports RadioKerry. At almost 53-metres RV Tom Crean will be used (by the Marine Institute) for ocean surveys, fishery,…
The mural of Shackleton by artist Eloise Gillard records Amundsen’s words on hearing of the Irish explorer’s death
A mural paying tribute to Irish and Norwegian explorers Ernest Shackleton and Roald Amundsen has been unveiled by Norwegian Ambassador to Ireland Mari Skåre in Athy, Co Kildare. The mural of Shackleton by artist Eloise Gillow records Amundsen’s words on hearing…
​ICES ASC 2022 Opening panel in Dublin: Moderator Glenn Nolan, Marine Institute, Gerard D. McCarthy, ICARUS, Maynooth University, David G. Reid, Marine Institute, Grace M. Cott, University College Dublin, and Eimear Manning, National Youth Council of Ireland
The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Charlie McConalogue has welcomed delegates to the annual conference of the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) taking place at Dublin’s Aviva Conference Centre Dublin from 19th- 22nd September.…
University of Galway expert Prof Dearbháile Morris - the current EU bathing water quality directive requires updating
Preliminary research into the impact of harmful organisms in bathing water suggests that regular sea swimmers leading a healthy life may have some protection. University of Galway expert Prof Dearbháile Morris cautions that the indications are preliminary, and require more…
County Kerry marine biologist Lucy Hunt
There is no greater community to understand the changes in the oceans and what needs to be done to protect them than sailors. From those like myself, a leisure sailor, to fishermen, to marine scientists, to the professional seafarers, greater…
A diagram illustrating the current and future types of marine wind turbines, the one in the shallowest sea has a solid 'pole' the second sits on a 'pylon-like' structure and the next two are anchored by chains to the sea bed
Oceanographers at Bangor University in Wales are calling for research into the environmental impact of turbulence caused by tidal flow past floating deep-water wind farms. New research is needed to fully understand how locating varying types of wind turbines could…
High Tide at White Rock, Killiney, County Dublin
The Marine Institute has published the report, New Connections IV - A Review of Irish Participation in EU Marine Research Projects 2014–2020. The report illustrates the success of the Irish marine research community in competitive European Union-funded programmes from 2014…
Danú of Galway in Rodefjord, eastern Greenland
You don’t want to run out of Marmite, butter or Guinness on board a yacht in a remote part of Greenland. One piece of advice from a very elated Richard Darley, who sailed the 3,300 nautical mile trip by Danú…
Peter Owens, his wife Vera Quinlan and two children, Lilian and Ruairí, along with family and friends celebrate the return of Danu at Parkmore
Irish yacht Danú of Galway received a musical welcome when it berthed in south Galway bay last evening after a successful scientific, sailing and mountaineering expedition to the world’s largest and deepest fjord system in Greenland. Musicians who play regularly…
Newport Research Facility
A research award targeted at early-career researchers has been granted to Dr Joshka Kaufmann of the Marine Institute to investigate and predict how quickly natural Atlantic salmon evolve to human-driven environmental change. The SFI-IRC Pathway programme, a new collaborative initiative…
The yacht is due into Parkmore pier outside Kinvara at about 7 pm this evening, where it will be given a warm welcome by family and friends.
Irish yacht Danú of Galway is due home this evening, September 1st, after a highly successful trip to the world’s largest and deepest fjord system, Scoresby Sound in east Greenland. The group of independent adventurers on board the 13m (43ft)…
The 13 undergraduate students in the marine institute's headquarters in Oranmore
Thirteen undergraduate students, participating in this year’s Marine Institute’s Summer Bursary programme, recently showcased their projects at a poster presentation day, held at the Marine Institute’s Headquarters in Oranmore. The Bursars presented the outputs of their projects to the staff…
The crew of the Killary Flyer (l-r) Jamie Young, Vincent Monahan, Marieke Lexmond, Ciaran Lennon, Pauline Jordan and Menno Westendorp
Three years ago, adventurer Jamie Young set sail for Greenland on his 15 metre (50ft) aluminium yacht, Killary Flyer as Afloat reported here. The 1500 nautical mile course aimed to take Young and his crew to the West Greenland coastline,…
Danú of Galway in Rodefjord, eastern Greenland
Irish yacht Danú which set off on a scientific, sailing and mountaineering expedition to the Arctic last month has reported a highly successful trip to the world’s largest and deepest fjord system, Scoresby Sound in east Greenland. The group of…
The school runs from October 28th to 30th
Wildlife cameraman Doug Allen and British maritime archaeologist Mensun Bound, who was part of the team which discovered Shackleton’s Endurance, are among speakers at this year’s Shackleton School, which takes place in person this autumn. Nicknamed the “Indiana Jones of…

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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