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Oceans of Online Learning Resources For Home-Schooling Families
Families schooling their children at home during the January lockdown can find a wealth of free online activities and resources from the Marine Institute’s Oceans of Learning series. According to Marine Institute chief executive Dr Paul Connolly, the series “highlights…
Back to the Source: Saving Europe's Biodiversity Starts in the Ocean
A coalition of environmental groups says there are “key marine policy gaps” in the EU’s Biodiversity Strategy 2030. “Tangible and binding” actions must be taken to ensure the proposed biodiversity strategy ensures “the long-term health” of oceans, the group of…
Stella Turk, MBE at work in Shang-ri La, her cottage in Camborne
The work of a marine scientist and conservationist who pioneered a response to the Torrey Canyon supertanker environmental disaster of 1967 has been marked by the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. The late Stella Turk, a leading expert on molluscs…
The Marine Institute Headquarters, at Rinville in Galway
The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine invites applications from suitably qualified candidates to fill four vacancies on the board of the Marine Institute. Candidates must have demonstrable experience relevant to the work of the Institute in one or…
The European flat oyster Ostrea edulis was last recorded in Belfast Lough in the Victorian era
Marine scientists have been baffled by the unexpected return of wild oysters to Belfast Lough, as the Guardian reports. The threatened shellfish species was last recorded in the Northern Ireland lough in the late 1800s before overfishing destroyed the native population.…
The wave buoy is  deployed in Brandon Bay on the 1, December 2020
A research project led by coastal and ocean scientists in NUI Galway and the Marine Institute involves the deployment of a combination of smart buoys and time-lapse imaging to measure storm impacts and support the development of coastal flood and…
Research Funders Review Ireland’s Progress in Marine Research & Innovation at Latest Forum Meeting
The recent sixth meeting of the National Marine Research Funders’ Forum on 26 November followed the launch this past summer of the new National Marine Research Database. Developed in collaboration with national funders, the database displays more than 500 marine…
Dr Niall McDonough will serve as Chair of the JPI Oceans Management Board for a three-year term.
Dr Niall McDonough, Director of Policy Innovation and Research Support Services at the Marine Institute, was recently elected Chair of the JPI Oceans Management Board. JPI Oceans is an intergovernmental platform that works to increase the alignment and impact of…
An EU project involving University College Cork (UCC) team of researchers has identified thousands of large dams and a myriad of weirs, culverts, fords, sluices and ramps
Europe has some of the "most fragmented" rivers in the world with at least 1.2 million instream barriers, according to a newly published study. An EU project involving University College Cork (UCC) team of researchers has identified thousands of large…
A Sperm Whale pod; Irish researchers have found the noise from deep-water trawling can upset whales
Whales are known to be disturbed by the noise of ships and oil and gas drilling, but now a new study says that bottom trawling can also upset marine mammals. As the Irish Independent reports today, scientists at NUI Galway’s…
Cushla Dromgool-Regan with Anna Quinn and Dr Noirín Burke from the Explorers Education Programme with the new workbook
A publication by the Marine Institute’s Explorers Education Programme that connects children, parents, teachers and the media with the seashore in Ireland has been highlighted at a major international conference. My Explorers Seashore Guide Workbook was recently presented at the…
Sperm whale at surface
Up to 380 sperm whales are living in deep waters off the Irish coast, a newly published study has found.  This makes sperm whales “one of the most abundant great whale species” in these waters, expert Dr Simon Berrow says. …
Kelp expert Dr KathrynSchoenrock
A leading specialist in the ecology of Irish kelp forests along the Atlantic coastline has been given an award by the Irish Research Council (IRC). NUI Galway marine ecologist Dr Kathryn Schoenrock has been given Early Career Researcher of the…
The UK's new polar royal research ship RRS Sir David Attenborough built by Cammell Laird on Merseyside has completed sea-trails based out of Holyhead Port in north Wales. This marks a milestone of the 15,000 tonne newbuild once dubbed 'Boaty McBoatface', as the new vessel was officially handed over to the Britain's Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). Also above in this October scene is a Royal Navy 'Archer' P2000 fast patrol/trainee boat HMS Biter arriving within the port to the boatyard of Holyhead Marine.
Cammell Laird a UK shipbuilder on Merseyside, has achieved its final milestone for the RRS Sir David Attenborough by formally handing over the new polar ship to Britain's Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). The royal research ship (RRS) to be operated by…
Dr Ciaran Kelly has been appointed Director of Fisheries Ecosystems Advisory Services at the Marine Institute
The Marine Institute has announced the appointment of two Directors to the state agency’s Senior Leadership Team. Dr Ciaran Kelly has been appointed Director of Fisheries Ecosystems Advisory Services and Joe Silke to the position of Director of Marine Environment…
Irish vessel Ocean Venture II landing into Dingle harbour, Co Kerry, where large quantities of warm water anchovies have appeared in the past week
Sea temperatures may seem bracing for swimmers, but shoals of warm water anchovies have appeared in large numbers off the south-west coast. “Astonishing” is how Kerry-based fish expert Dr Kevin Flannery describes the volume of tiny oily fish, widely used…

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.

 

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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.

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