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A whale shark in the Egyptian Red Sea, a busy shipping area
The world’s largest fish may be under threat due to collisions with ships in the oceans, a new study has claimed. As reported by RTÉ News, researchers in the Global Shark Movement Project set out to identify reasons for a…
Potential flooding areas in Dublin by extreme water levels by 2100
Mapping Ireland’s seabed, how scientists predict flooding and how to grow your own volcano are themes of an open day hosted by the Geological Survey of Ireland (GSI) and National Museum of Ireland this weekend. The free “Down to Earth”…
Natural oyster reef - Artificial oyster reefs along the US Gulf Coast are designed to protect and restore shoreline habitat and create living oyster reefs as a sustainable option for reducing erosion of coastal marshes and protecting communities from storm surge. A new study shows restoration of marshes and oyster reefs are among the most cost-effective solutions for reducing coastal flood risks
There are many reasons to love oysters, and now an NUI Galway scientist has suggested another one. Apart from its nutritional benefits, the shellfish also provides a cost-effective solution to the impacts of climate change. Natural reefs built from oysters…
Launching the National Biodiversity Conference 2022 (from left to right): Malcolm Noonan TD, Minister of State for Heritage and Local Government, Oonagh Duggan, Head of Advocacy, Birdwatch Ireland and member of the National Biodiversity Forum Anne Murray, Biodiversity Officer Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, member of the National Biodiversity Forum Professor Tasman Crowe, School of Biology and Environmental Science, University College Dublin and Chair of the National Biodiversity Forum
Fishers, scientists and environmental activists have been urged to participate in the Government’s national biodiversity conference in Dublin in June. Minister of State for Heritage and Electoral Reform Malcolm Noonan said the event at Dublin Castle from June 8th to…
Wong Cheuk Yin Cayden, a student at St Columba’s College in Dublin, combined digital animation with live action, scripting and voiceover to create his video for the EPA’s “ The Story of Your Stuff” competition
The negative impact of paper tissues on water consumption and pollution is the theme of the winning entry in an annual Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) contest for young people. Wong Cheuk Yin Cayden, a student at St Columba’s College in…
European Tracking Network’s annual meeting
This week the Loughs Agency welcomed Europe’s top marine scientists to the Northwest for the European Tracking Network’s (ETN) annual meeting, with delegates from across the continent attending the three-day event in Derry. The conference, which is funded by the…
Transition year (TY) students from Coláiste Iognáid participated in the first Ecoadvocates field trip with architect, environmentalist and broadcaster Duncan Stewart.
Community partnership Corrib Beo has initiated a series of educational field trips as part of its mission to promote the sustainable development of the Lough Corrib catchment in the west. Transition year (TY) students from Coláiste Iognáid participated in the…
Explorers Healthy Ocean School Project & Awards poster
More than 20 primary schools in 14 coastal counties around Ireland have been selected to complete Healthy Ocean projects to be in with a chance of winning a Marine Institute Explorers Ocean Champion Award. This award is part of the…
Minister of State for Overseas Development Aid and Diaspora Colm Brophy
Irish companies, researchers and NGOs involved in climate action supporting oceans and a “sustainable blue economy” in developing countries could qualify for grants under a new €1m government fund. Work in small island developing states may also qualify if related…
Fish for processing into FMFO at the Kartong plant
Nutritious wild-caught fish is being squandered if it continues to be used as feed for farmed salmon, a new study maintains. Scientists analysing the Scottish salmon farming industry calculate that an extra six million tonnes of seafood would be available…
Martin Heydon T.D., Minister of State with responsibility for Research and Development, Farm Safety, and New Market Development with Annaclare McCarthy, Marine Institute scientist
Martin Heydon T.D., Minister of State with responsibility for Research and Development, Farm Safety, and New Market Development at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM), visited the Marine Institute’s headquarters in Oranmore, Co Galway today. The innovative…
An Argo float deployed as part of the Marine Institute’s annual ocean climate survey
This weekend, Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 March, Galway Atlantaquaria and the Marine Institute support STEPS Engineers Week with a weekend of fun, facts and competitions at the national aquarium in Salthill. The weekend will be dedicated to the Argo…
Drones were used to capture overhead images of dolphins in the Moray Firth Special Area of Conservation
Pregnancies in bottlenose dolphins can now be determined from images captured by drone, according to new research. As the Irish Examiner reports, marine scientists from University of Aberdeen and Duke University have flown drones over the Moray Firth Special Area…
A number of exploratory mountaineering objectives have been chosen on Milne Land and Renland (above), within reach of the coast, using the yacht as a floating base.
In July 2022, the yacht ‘Danú of Galway’ will depart from Ireland for Scoresby Sound, East Greenland, the largest fjord in the world. The team will comprise of a small group of independent adventurers aiming to sail to and climb…
The foiling Persico 69F is making its debut on USA waters at the Bacardi Winter Series 2 at Miami
With an investment of €2.6 million under the Marine Institute’s 2021 Blue Carbon call, two Irish research teams led by Dr Grace Cott and Dr Mark Coughlan of University College Dublin, will undertake a substantial programme of research to investigate…
INFOMAR will conduct a programme of hydrographic and geophysical surveys in the Celtic Sea, Atlantic Ocean, Irish Sea and western coastal areas between March and November this year. Covering some 125,000sqkm of underwater territory, INFOMAR (Integrated Mapping for the Sustainable…

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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