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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…
Apply now for the Marine Institute’s Summer Bursary Scholarship Programme 2023
The Marine Institute continues to invest in the next generation of ocean professionals through the 2023 Summer Bursary Scholarship Programme, which provides third-level students with work experience across several marine areas. The Bursary Scholarship Programme has been running for more…
Internal waves off Northern Trinidad this image was taken from the International Space Station
What do the Loch Ness monster, the El Nino effect and dead water at sea have in common? All may be associated with internal waves, a phenomenon of wave motion in which Dr David Henry of the School of Mathematical…
MAPFRE crew member Guillermo Altadill deploys a drifter buoy during Leg 7 of The Ocean Race 2017-18 from Auckland to Itajai
The forthcoming edition of The Ocean Race, which sets sail from Alicante on 15 January, is set to feature the most ambitious and comprehensive science programme created by a sporting event. Every boat participating in the gruelling six-month around-the-world race…
Celtic Mist - in a confused sea she can turn anyone's stomach
The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group are planning major modifications to their flagship, Celtic Mist. This is the former yacht of Charlie Haughey, which was donated to the Group by the Haughey family in his memory. The 56-foot motor sailing…
The performance of Ireland’s Ocean Economy
The Marine Institute, in partnership with the University of Galway’s Socio-Economic Marine Research Unit (SEMRU), has released the latest update on the performance of Ireland’s Ocean Economy. The report provides an update on Ireland’s ocean economy across three main economic…
The first of Ocean Infinity’s Armada fleet of robotic service vessels takes to the water in Vietnam in May 2022
A new ‘robotic’ ship that could be the future of offshore support vessels is currently undergoing sea trials in Vietnam after launching to sea this past summer. The first of the Armada class of 78m service and survey vessels is…
Cathal O’Donnell of UL’s Centre for Robotics and Intelligence Systems runs through checks on ROV Étaín before the launch of the €2-million SFI-funded underwater robot at Shannon Foynes Port Company dock in Limerick city in April 2018
Research survey TC22017 will be carried out in the Irish Sea in the vicinity of the Kish Bank Lighthouse by the University of Limerick (UL) in collaboration with the Marine Institute from this Sunday 11 to Friday 16 December, subject…
Sample of fin whale dorsal fins on the new Irish fin whale ID catalogue
The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) has combed through years of accumulated images to make a start on its new photo identification catalogue for fin whales in Irish waters. And the group is calling on anyone with good-resolution images…
Postgraduate students funded under the Cullen Scholarship Programme and Eoin Sweeney Scholarship Programme presented their marine research projects on a wide range of topics at the Marine Institute
The Marine Institute hosted a Postgraduate Scholarship Symposium on Wednesday, 30th November 2022, where the postgraduate students funded under the Cullen Scholarship Programme and Eoin Sweeney Scholarship Programme presented the progress and current findings of their marine research projects on…
The Aran island research station  - plans are being made for a permanent station on Inis Meáín
Scientists from Ireland and Europe plan to establish a permanent research station on the Aran islands dedicated to ocean science forecasting and climate change. The Aran Islands International Research Station (AIRS) may be located on Inis Meáin where a solar-powered…
The monitoring by Ireland’s Marine Institute has found that mercury levels of fish and shellfish landed at Irish ports are low and “well within the EU human-consumption tolerance level
Levels of mercury in fish landed in Ireland are very low and fish is safe for consumption by the general population, latest available data finds. This will be “comforting for the Irish seafood industry and consumers alike”, Prof Ronan Gormley…
Rescue and recovery of the limestone slab containing the fossil sea urchins at Hook Head, Wexford.
A group of sea urchins which died together on the seafloor almost 350 million years ago have been found in fossilised form at Hook Head, Co Wexford, by a team of scientists. "Experts from University of Galway’s school of natural…
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.…
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'…

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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