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A clownfish and a passing motorboat overhead
Everyone who has ever seen the Pixar film Finding Nemo knows what a clownfish looks like, but a new study gives some alarming insight into their response to human behaviour. A study by international scientists on the impact of motorboat…
Marine chemist Ken Buesseler (right) deploys a sediment trap from the research vessel Roger Revelle during a 2018 expedition in the Gulf of Alaska. Buesseler's research focuses on how carbon moves through the ocean. Buesseler and co-authors of a new study found that the ocean's biological carbon pump may be twice as efficient as previously estimated, with implications for future climate assessments.
The ocean’s biological “carbon pump” has been “drastically underestimated in its ability to capture carbon from the atmosphere, a new study has found writes Lorna Siggins Scientists with the US Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) have found that the depth of…
Dive Deep Into ‘Oceans Of Learning’ Online Resources
Dive deep into the oceans of learning resources available on the Marine Institute’s website via the Oceans of Learning series, which offers downloadable resources, videos and interactive activities exploring our marine resource and marine scientists’ vital work. As the institute’s…
Free Explorers Fun Ocean Facts & Lesson Plans For Primary School Pupils
The Marine Institute’s Explorers Education Programme outreach team are currently sharing their favourite marine facts and lesson plans about the ocean for teachers, parents and primary school children to use while learning from home. The ‘Meet the Explorers Team’ online…
"We are Islanders" - Ocean Literary Network Publishes List of Covid-19 Supports
The Irish Ocean Literacy Network has published a list of useful supports for individuals and communities during the Covid-19 pandemic. The network, which aims to achieve an ocean literate society across the island of Ireland, has appealed to communities to…
Newport’s 300th Anniversary Celebrated With Lecture Series On Research Fishery (UPDATE)
Update on Wednesday 11 March: Due to concerns over COVID-19/coronavirus, the decision has been made to postpone the two lecture evenings until a later date during the Newport 300 celebrations. To celebrate the 300th anniversary of Newport in Co Mayo,…
TY students getting hands-on with marine science at the Marine Institute recently
Twenty-five Transition Year (TY) students from Mayo, Galway, Roscommon, Clare, Kildare, Carlingford, Dublin and Sligo were welcomed to the Marine Institute’s sixth annual TY week programme following the recent midterm break. From 24-28 February, students had the opportunity to learn…
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the cliff path at Howth
The vital role of the ocean, climate change, and actions to safeguard it for future generations were the focus of conversations between The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Marine Institute during the royal couple’s first official visit to…
Irish explorers in the Arctic
The Marine Institute in collaboration with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade launched the Network of Arctic Researchers in Ireland (NARI) last Friday. NARI aims to create, maintain and develop an informal all-island network of Arctic researchers in Ireland…
Eimear Manning from Global Action Plan Ireland dissects a squid with pupils from Virgin Mary GNS in Ballymun, North Dublin
Global Action Plan Ireland and the Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School (INSS) shared their love for the ocean on Valentine’s Day with primary schools in Ballymun and Dun Laoghaire as part of the Marine Institute’s Explorers Education Programme. With…
Marine Institute’s 'Explorers Education Programme' Arrives in Dun Laoghaire Harbour
The children from Glenageary Killiney National School (GKNS) are participating in the Marine Institute's Pilot Explorers Education Programme™, hosted by the Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School in Dun Laoghaire this Friday. The programme complements the national school curriculum, presenting…
Chimaeras, also known as rabbitfish, are closely related to sharks and skates
Experts in shark biology, data and mapping recently met at the Marine Institute’s headquarters in Oranmore, Co Galway to map the distribution of deepwater sharks, skates and chimaeras in the North-East Atlantic Ocean. Scientists and marine experts at the International…
The Triton submarine Limiting Factor has previously reached a depth some 11,000 metres — the only human-occupied submersible to do so
Marine scientists are preparing to head into the ‘Midnight Zone’ in one of the most ambitious underwater surveys yet, as the Irish Examiner reports. The team from the Nekton Mission will spend five weeks exploring the Indian Ocean with an…
Wicklow councillor Jennifer Whitmore
A marine scientist running for the Social Democrats in the general election has described as “unrealistic” a Green Party proposal to designate 50 per cent of Irish territorial waters as marine protected areas writes Lorna Siggins Wicklow councillor Jennifer Whitmore, who…
Seren Flavin (6), Grace Gavin (6), MacDara Flavin (9) and Jack Gavin (8) from Scoíl Shéamais Naofa in Barna, Co Galway at the launch of the Explorers Pop Art & Creative Writing Competition
Primary school children across Ireland are being invited to use the power of their imagination to save the ocean from climate change in a new art and writing competition. The Explorers Pop Art & Creative Writing Competition was launched earlier…
Albatrosses, like this wandering albatross seen off Tasmania, range over huge areas of ocean and regularly circle the globe
A team of scientists in France are ‘recruiting’ albatrosses to monitor fishing fleets in the ocean for illegal activity. Smithsonian Magazine reports on the findings of a new study detailing efforts to tag the “sentinels of the sea” with tiny…

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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