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Marine Scientists Wax Lyrical on "Fish Soup" at Borris House Festival of Writing and Ideas This Saturday

15th June 2023
UN senior advisor on oceans Vincent Doumeizel is speaking at the Borris House Festival of Writing and Ideas on Saturday, June 17
UN senior advisor on oceans Vincent Doumeizel is speaking at the Borris House Festival of Writing and Ideas on Saturday, June 17

Stewardship of our coastal waters, our rich seaweed resource and its potential to mitigate climate change is the theme of a discussion involving two leading marine experts at the Borris House Festival of Writing and Ideas this Saturday, June 17th.

“Fish Soup” is the title of the discussion involving published authors Finn van der Aar and Vincent Doumeizel, speaking with marine journalist Lorna Siggins.

The discussion is billed for 1.20 pm to 2.15 pm in the Granary at the Borris House festival in Borris, Co Carlow.

Doumeizel, who is senior advisor on oceans to the UN Global Compact, is the author of the recently published book, The Seaweed Revolution: How Seaweed Has Shaped Our Past and Can Save Our Future, first published in French and translated by Hero in 2022.

Marine scientist Finn van der Aar who is speaking at the Borris House festival of writing and ideas this Saturday, June 17Marine scientist Finn van der Aar who is speaking at the Borris House festival of writing and ideas this Saturday, June 17

Van der Aar, who holds a BSc in earth and ocean science, an MSc in marine biology and a certificate in culinary arts, is the author of Finn’s World - Do What You Love, Love What You Eat, published by Gill Books in 2017

Doumeizel is also director of the Food Programme at the Lloyd’s Register Foundation and devotes his time to promoting environmental solutions based on sea resources, especially seaweed.

Van der Aar is the EU LIFE Project Coordinator for An Taisce, the National Trust for Ireland, Ireland's longest-standing environmental NGO.

She has worked with a variety of companies and brands, producing written, video and social media content for the likes of the Wild Atlantic Way, SSE Airtricity, Failte Ireland and she was an ambassador for Volvo.

She is currently working on her first piece of fiction, drawing on her experience as a marine scientist and environmental activist, and she shares simple and realistic ideas for sustainable living on her Instagram

For the full programme, see here Team

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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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