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International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) Welcomed to Dublin

20th September 2022
​ICES ASC 2022 Opening panel in Dublin: Moderator Glenn Nolan, Marine Institute, Gerard D. McCarthy, ICARUS, Maynooth University, David G. Reid, Marine Institute, Grace M. Cott, University College Dublin, and Eimear Manning, National Youth Council of Ireland
​ICES ASC 2022 Opening panel in Dublin: Moderator Glenn Nolan, Marine Institute, Gerard D. McCarthy, ICARUS, Maynooth University, David G. Reid, Marine Institute, Grace M. Cott, University College Dublin, and Eimear Manning, National Youth Council of Ireland

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Charlie McConalogue has welcomed delegates to the annual conference of the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) taking place at Dublin’s Aviva Conference Centre Dublin from 19th- 22nd September.

Ireland is hosting this prestigious international marine conference this week at which leading Marine scientists will present, discuss and debate the latest cutting-edge science supporting the sustainable use of our oceans.

Over 500 people are expected to attend the conference in person with many more registered to attend remotely/online. The event is organised by Ireland’s Marine Institute (MI) on behalf of the host country, supported by Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) in collaboration with the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) in Copenhagen.

Welcoming conference delegates attending at the Aviva today in person and online, Minister McConalogue said: “Ireland greatly values the work of ICES which is critical to support the sustainable use of our oceans. After virtual conferences for the past two years, we are delighted that Ireland has been chosen to host the first in person ICES conference in 3 years where some of the world’s leading marine scientists can share and discuss cutting edge research and establish important partnerships and relationships. This sharing of research is more important now than ever before with the oceans being vital to the economy, environment and our daily lives here in Ireland and globally. Sharing and discussing research will ensure we fully understand the potential of our ocean and how to sustainably manage that potential for current and future generations.”

Ireland will lead the opening keynote session on the first day of the conference. This will be moderated by Dr Glenn Nolan, Head of Oceanographic and Climate Services at the Marine Institute. The session will examine the climate change impacts on North Atlantic/Irish waters with contributions from marine scientists – Professor Dave Reid, Marine Institute; Eimear Manning, National Youth Council of Ireland; Dr Grace Cott, UCD and Dr Gerard McCarthy NUI Maynooth. Temperature changes in the Atlantic, change in distribution of fish stocks, impacts on coastal habitats which store carbon and coastal communities, and their livelihoods will be the central focus of the session.

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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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