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Galway Atlantaquaria’s education officer Anna Quinn gets up close with the humble but remarkable cephalopod
Primary classrooms throughout Ireland are celebrating cephalopods throughout the month of October with the launch of the Explorers Education Programme’s new educational resources focusing on squid. “Marine scientists around the world have been studying squid for many years, learning about…
Bioeconomy-The Blue Perspective event advert
What is the ‘blue bioeconomy’? Who are the people working on it in Ireland and where do they get support? Marine scientist and influencer Finn van der Aar will host the first in a series of online events later this…
The research found that microplastics are affecting the behaviour of hermit crabs
New research at Queen’s University highlights the impact that microplastics are having on hermit crabs, which play an important role in balancing the marine ecosystem. The research found that microplastics are affecting the behaviour of hermit crabs, namely their ability…
A massive wave captured by the Saildrone Explorer’s onboard camera during Hurricane Sam
In what’s being touted as a world first, a drone sailboat was sent into a Category 4 hurricane in the Atlantic to capture live footage from inside the storm. Saildrone collected the footage with one of its 23-foot Explorer remote-operated…
Flying squid (family Ommastrephidae) sitting on the deep-sea floor at the Fangorn bank (Ireland)
Lineages among oceanic squids which have been said to puzzle researchers for over a century have been resolved by scientists at NUI Galway (NUIG). A team at the NUIG Ryan Institute has been able to name the different family groups…
La Palma lava flows into the sea
A cascade of lava spilling into the Atlantic ocean from the Spanish island of La Palma has been photographed by the European Space Agency (ESA). The lava from the volcanic eruption extends the size of the coastline and covered about…
Pictured l-r: Mayor of Galway City, Colette Connolly with Dr Noírín Burke of Galway Atlantaquaria, Filmmaker Ken O'Sullivan and Professor Abhay Pandit, Scientific Director of CÚRAM, NUI Galway
Using sponge slime to fight cancer and copying barnacle glue for surgery are among projects highlighted at a new exhibition focusing on the contribution of the marine environment to medical research. The exhibition at Galway Atlantaquaria in Salthill, Galway, is…
File image of the RV Celtic Voyager
The next SeaMonitor survey will be carried out by the RV Celtic Voyager in the North Channel from tomorrow, Wednesday 29 September. This latest stage of the project aims to deploy 80 acoustic listening stations (ALSs) across the North Channel…
Graphic for Explorers Education Programme outreach in schools and classes
The Explorers Education Programme has been expanded to deliver modules to primary schools in all of Ireland’s coastal counties. Established in Galway over 15 years ago and funded by the Marine Institute, the Explorers programme now reaches schools all around the…
Pictured at Loughs Agency headquarters in Derry, from left: Ross McGill, principal project officer for SeaMonitor; researcher Cassandra Hartery; SeaMonitor senior scientific officer Diego del Villar; researcher Caitlin Bate; and Loughs Agency chief executive Sharon McMahon
Field personnel from the Ocean Tracking Network (OTN) based at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia are currently in the North West working with the team servicing critical animal tracking infrastructure in support of the SeaMonitor project. Led by the Loughs…
The wreckage of the plane crash-landed at the water's edge on the beach at Carnsore Point on Thursday evening.
University College Cork (UCC) says it is providing support to its staff who were passengers on the aircraft that was forced to make an emergency landing at Carne beach in Co Wexford on Thursday. The staff were conducting marine life…
Plastic pollution in our rivers - research has found single-use plastic bottles require UV light to break down over more than 450 years
Plastic pollution remains in river systems for much longer than previously thought, new research has found.  Microplastics may travel at less than 0.01km per hour, a University of Leicester study indicates. Polyethylene terephthalate (PET), a common material for single-use plastic…
RV Tom Crean hull is completed
Ireland’s new state-of-the-art multipurpose marine research vessel, the RV Tom Crean, has recently reached a key milestone with the completion of the vessel’s hull. The RV Tom Crean consists of 32 individual hull units expertly assembled to form the hull…
James Maloney of Enterprise Ireland Centre presenting Paddy Casey of “Target Fertilisers” and Oliver Kiernan of “Brandon Bioscience” with Innovation Arena Awards this week
Marine biotech company Brandon Bioscience has won an Enterprise Ireland award for a new product that draws extracts from common brown seaweed. The extract can be used as a crop "bio-stimulant" in fertiliser, which has the potential to reduce chemical…
The 'Green' submarine and shipping charge-points powered by offshore wind turbines will receive share of a UK £23m R&D Clean Maritime Demonstration competition 
A first ever green submarine study has been named as one of fifty-five winning projects of a £23m UK Government funded R&D competition, announced today by the Transport Secretary Grant Shapps in Greenwich during the 'greenest' London International Shipping Week (LISW21).…
Multi-time Irish national surfing champion Easkey Britton is now a marine social scientist
On the publication of Easkey Britton’s memoir Saltwater in the Blood, the Irish Examiner profiles the former professional surfer-turned-marine scientist whose philosophy has taken on a new significance for many amid the pandemic. Much as Dr Britton’s current career sees…

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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