The Marine Institute will welcome King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden to its headquarters in Oranmore today, Friday 24 May.
The King and Queen of Sweden will be welcomed by Minister Seán Kyne, Government Chief Whip and Minister of State for the Irish Language, the Gaeltacht and the Islands, and greeted by senior officials from the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.
King Carl XVI Gustaf has long been interested and active in the long-term health of our oceans and conservation of marine life, serving as chairman of the Swedish organisation of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) since 1988.
The king is also guardian of the Baltic Salmon Fund, which promotes the sustainable management of wild salmon in the Baltic Sea and the rivers along the Baltic coast.
Minister Kyne said: “I look forward to welcoming King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden to the Marine Institute in Galway. The visit supports the shared interest between Ireland and Sweden to sustainably manage and develop our marine resource.
“I hope the visit encourages further collaboration between our two countries to observe and understand how our ocean is changing and respond to current and future patterns of change.”
The king and queen will also view a series of artworks produced as part of the EU-funded BlueFish Project, which aims to increase our knowledge and understanding of marine resources and the potential impacts of climate change in the Irish and Celtic Sea ecosystems. The delegation will also engage in discussions on marine renewable energy.
Marine Institute chief executive Dr Peter Heffernan said: “We look forward to meeting the King and Queen of Sweden and showcasing the work undertaken at the Institute, particularly in the area of ocean observation and fisheries assessment and monitoring.
“Providing scientific advice and services in these areas is one of the institute’s key roles, and essential to Ireland achieving a sustainable ocean economy, as well as protecting and managing our marine ecosystems.”