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Cathal O’Donnell of UL’s Centre for Robotics and Intelligence Systems runs through checks on ROV Étaín before the launch of the €2-million SFI-funded underwater robot at Shannon Foynes Port Company dock in Limerick city in April 2018
Research survey TC22017 will be carried out in the Irish Sea in the vicinity of the Kish Bank Lighthouse by the University of Limerick (UL) in collaboration with the Marine Institute from this Sunday 11 to Friday 16 December, subject…
Sample of fin whale dorsal fins on the new Irish fin whale ID catalogue
The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) has combed through years of accumulated images to make a start on its new photo identification catalogue for fin whales in Irish waters. And the group is calling on anyone with good-resolution images…
Postgraduate students funded under the Cullen Scholarship Programme and Eoin Sweeney Scholarship Programme presented their marine research projects on a wide range of topics at the Marine Institute
The Marine Institute hosted a Postgraduate Scholarship Symposium on Wednesday, 30th November 2022, where the postgraduate students funded under the Cullen Scholarship Programme and Eoin Sweeney Scholarship Programme presented the progress and current findings of their marine research projects on…
The Aran island research station  - plans are being made for a permanent station on Inis Meáín
Scientists from Ireland and Europe plan to establish a permanent research station on the Aran islands dedicated to ocean science forecasting and climate change. The Aran Islands International Research Station (AIRS) may be located on Inis Meáin where a solar-powered…
The monitoring by Ireland’s Marine Institute has found that mercury levels of fish and shellfish landed at Irish ports are low and “well within the EU human-consumption tolerance level
Levels of mercury in fish landed in Ireland are very low and fish is safe for consumption by the general population, latest available data finds. This will be “comforting for the Irish seafood industry and consumers alike”, Prof Ronan Gormley…
Rescue and recovery of the limestone slab containing the fossil sea urchins at Hook Head, Wexford.
A group of sea urchins which died together on the seafloor almost 350 million years ago have been found in fossilised form at Hook Head, Co Wexford, by a team of scientists. "Experts from University of Galway’s school of natural…
Mackerel freshly caught and piled up for sale
Mercury levels of fish and shellfish landed by fishing boats at Irish ports are low and well within EU guidelines for human consumption, as underscored by a recent briefing from UCD’s Institute of Food and Health. However, as Derek Evans…
Jack Porter, Loughs Agency; Angela Dobbins, Deputy Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council; Mark Langtry (Mark the Science Guy); Zach James, Loughs Agency
Loughs Agency’s 'Water Warriors' events took place this week in the Foyle and Carlingford catchment areas. The events, which form part of the Agency’s Foyle & Carlingford Ambassador Programmes, attracted hundreds of post-primary pupils to partake in a 'fully immersive'…
President Michael D. Higgins was among the 160 guests at an event held in Cork Harbour on Friday to launch the European Union’s Mission to protect and restore ocean and inland waters in the Atlantic and Arctic regions by 2030. The National Maritime College of Ireland was the venue for the gathering which brought together Ministers and high-level representatives from Atlantic and Arctic countries, the Lord Mayors of Cork city and county and actors and stakeholders from government, academia, business and civil society
Cork has become the first city to sign up to the European Commission’s Charter to restore oceans and waters. Under the ‘Horizon Europe Programme,’ the Commission has launched several ‘Missions’ which it says are focused on “critical areas, to bring…
Kestutis Sadauskas, Deputy Director-General, DG Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Fiona Grant, MI  and John Bell, Director of Healthy Planet at the Cork Harbour launching of a major initiative to protect ocean and inland waters in the Atlantic and Arctic by 2030
President Michael D. Higgins was among the 160 guests at an event held in Cork Harbour on Friday to launch the European Union’s Mission to protect and restore ocean and inland waters in the Atlantic and Arctic regions by 2030.…
From left to right Dr. Ciaran Kelly, Director of Fisheries Ecosystems Advisory Services, Marine Institute, Mr. Charlie McConalogue T.D, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine and Dr. Paul Connolly, CEO, Marine Institute
Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue TD, visited the Marine Institute in Galway today and received the Marine Institute’s annual 2022 Fish Stock Book. The detailed annual publication provides the latest impartial scientific advice on the status…
The research vessel Tom Crean in port
Research survey TC22016 will be carried out in the southern Irish Sea off the Wexford/Wicklow coast by University College Dublin from next Wednesday 30 November to Friday 9 December, subject to weather and operational constraints. The aim of this research…
New LNG battery hybrid vessel in traffic at the Port of Gothenburg, Sweden - A newly built ship with special environmental and climate characteristics was christened at the Port of Gothenburg in November 2022. The vessel in question is an LNG/battery hybrid ship that already today meets IMO's 2030 target for shipping's carbon dioxide efficiency.
EU moves to ensure shipping uses low carbon fuels will have a “moderate” but not “dramatic” effect on the Irish economy, according to University of Galway economist Prof Alan Ahearne. As The Sunday Independent reports, research due to be published…
From left: Marine Institute chief executive Dr Paul Connolly with Michael Gillooly, director of oceans, climate and information services (OCIS) and Patrick O’Donovan, Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform at the Marine Institute’s headquarters in Oranmore, Co Galway on Monday 14 November
Earlier today (Monday 14 November), Patrick O’Donovan, Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform visited the Marine Institute’s headquarters in Oranmore, Co Galway. The minister met with the…
Waterways Ireland have shared their enthusiasm at once again being a part of Science Week, which runs this year from Sunday 13 to Sunday 20 November. The Learning Zone website will host ‘Explore Ireland’s Waterways’, an online workshop which takes…
Prof Dearbháile Morris of the University of Galway’s One Health team said that coastal waters are “important for tourism, fishing and recreational activities”
The impact of climate change on pathogens in coastal waters, which may pose health risks is the focus of a new EU-funded research project involving University of Galway scientists. The €10m Horizon Europe project involves scientists in 12 institutes across…

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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