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Solar Marine Energy chief executive and co-founder Eamon Howlin.
A Mayo based renewable energy startup Solar MarineEnergy is making plans to build Ireland’s first floating solar energy plant which it proposes to locate in Cork Harbour, writes the Irish Examiner. “We have secured permission from the Port of Cork…
NUI Galway researcher Dr Kathryn Schoenrock diving in a native kelp forest. She is appealing to citizen scientists to help find more examples of the rare golden kelp
Citizen science pinpointed the first samples of a rare kelp in Irish waters, and now NUI Galway researchers are hoping that sea swimmers, divers and kayakers may help to find more writes Lorna Siggins Samples of golden kelp (Laminaria ochroleuca),…
RV Celtic Explorer at the Port of Cork before departure
The RV Celtic Voyager departed early this morning (Thursday 1 August) from the Port of Cork on a multidisciplinary marine wildlife survey investigating the biological and oceanographic features of the 100m contour line between Cork to Galway. The survey team…
Dr Peter Heffernan
Marine Institute chief executive Dr Peter Heffernan has been selected as a member of the European Commission’s Mission Board for Healthy Oceans, Seas, Coastal and Inland Waters. He is one of two Irish appointees to the Mission Boards of Horizon…
Scientists found plastic at the bottom of a 2,125m-deep submarine canyon
Marine scientists from University College Cork have discovered plastic at the bottom of a deep submarine canyon while investigating cold-water coral habitats. UCC’s Marine Geology Research Group has been investigating cold-water coral habitats in the Porcupine Bank Canyon, some 320km…
Fionn Ferreira is the winner of the 2019 Google Science Fair
An ingenious technique of using magnetic fluids to filter microplastic from water has netted a West Cork student a major world science award, as The Irish Times reports. Eighteen-year-old Fionn Ferreira from Ballydehob topped a group of 24 finalists from…
Puffins on Little Saltee off Co Wexford
New research on Irish puffins has revealed that the sea birds swap the skies for the sea and make use of strong total currents to save energy when they search for food. The two-year study by MaREI and conservation charity ZSL…
Marine Institute Seeks New Chief Executive Officer
The Marine Institute, the State agency responsible for marine research, technology development and innovation in Ireland, is recruiting for a new chief executive to succeed Dr Peter Heffernan. Reporting to the chair of the board of the Marine Institute, the…
An Irish Argo float being deployed from the RV Celtic Explorer
A German Argo float deployed off Greenland in 2014 travelled 3,500km across the Atlantic Ocean and was recovered off the coast of Co Cork in 2018. The Marine Institute was able to trace the owner and help return the Argo…
Catherine Jordan will speak at tomorrow’s Soapbox Science event at Galway’s Spanish Arch
PhD student Catherine Jordan will bring her research on phytoplankton blooms to the third annual Soapbox Science even in Galway tomorrow afternoon (Saturday 29 June). She will be among 12 female scientists standing on their soapboxes to talk about their…
The RV Celtic Voyager had a day trip on Galway Bay for Ocean Sampling Day on Friday 21 June
Scientists and students at NUI Galway’s Ryan Institute enjoyed a day trip on the Marine Institute’s research vessel RV Celtic Voyager on Friday (21 June) to take part in Ocean Sampling Day 2019. Ocean Sampling Day is a simultaneous sampling…
Evelyn Cusack, Doug Allan and Ken O'Sullivan, speakers in the Marine Institute’s Wild Atlantic Theatre at SeaFest 2019
Ireland’s largest free family-friendly maritime celebration attracted thousands of visitors to the port and city of Cork this past weekend. Cork was transformed into a giant interactive ‘sea world’ for the three days of SeaFest 2019, and the port was…
Minister for Marine Micheal Creed and Dr Stephen Hynes co-author of the report and Director of SEMRU (NUIG) discussing the latest figures from the 2019 Ireland's Ocean Economy Report which was launched yesterday above at Cork City Marina.
The Socio-Economic Marine Research Unit (SEMRU) at NUI Galway has released its latest update on the performance of Ireland’s Ocean Economy. Coinciding with the Our Ocean Wealth Summit and the Government’s Annual Review of its Integrated Marine Plan – Harnessing…
Sean Canney, Minister of State with responsibility for the inland fisheries resource, at the River Erriff which is the National Salmonid Index Catchment
Sean Canney, Minister of State with responsibility for the inland fisheries resource, visited the River Erriff in Co Mayo recently to understand more about the current issues facing Ireland’s salmon. Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) has designated the River Erriff, one…
Inland Fisheries Ireland chief executive Dr Ciaran Byrne and Minister of State with responsibility for inland fisheries Seán Canney at the announcement of the new pilot programme for catch and release of bluefin tuna by a limited number of sea angling vessels
The rapid swimming migratory Atlantic bluefin tuna may be targeted by a limited number of Irish recreational craft under a pilot scientific research programme run by several State agencies writes Lorna Siggins. Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) and the Marine Institute are…
Ireland Collaborating With Cyprus On Centre Of Excellence For Marine & Maritime Research
A new joint initiative between Ireland and Cyprus for a Centre of Excellence for Marine and Maritime Research has been awarded a €15 million grant from the European Commission. The funding under Horizon 2020: Widespread’s Coordination and Support Action call…

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)

At A Glance – Figaro Race

  • It starts in June or July from a French port.
  • The race is split into four stages varying from year to year, from the length of the French coast and making up a total of around 1,500 to 2,000 nautical miles (1,700 to 2,300 mi; 2,800 to 3,700 km) on average.
  • Over the years the race has lasted between 10 and 13 days at sea.
  • The competitor is alone in the boat, participation is mixed.
  • Since 1990, all boats are of one design.

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