Menu

Ireland's sailing, boating & maritime magazine

In association with ISA Logo Irish Sailing

Marine Science
Eimear Manning from Global Action Plan Ireland dissects a squid with pupils from Virgin Mary GNS in Ballymun, North Dublin
Global Action Plan Ireland and the Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School (INSS) shared their love for the ocean on Valentine’s Day with primary schools in Ballymun and Dun Laoghaire as part of the Marine Institute’s Explorers Education Programme. With…
Marine Institute’s 'Explorers Education Programme' Arrives in Dun Laoghaire Harbour
The children from Glenageary Killiney National School (GKNS) are participating in the Marine Institute's Pilot Explorers Education Programme™, hosted by the Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School in Dun Laoghaire this Friday. The programme complements the national school curriculum, presenting…
Chimaeras, also known as rabbitfish, are closely related to sharks and skates
Experts in shark biology, data and mapping recently met at the Marine Institute’s headquarters in Oranmore, Co Galway to map the distribution of deepwater sharks, skates and chimaeras in the North-East Atlantic Ocean. Scientists and marine experts at the International…
The Triton submarine Limiting Factor has previously reached a depth some 11,000 metres — the only human-occupied submersible to do so
Marine scientists are preparing to head into the ‘Midnight Zone’ in one of the most ambitious underwater surveys yet, as the Irish Examiner reports. The team from the Nekton Mission will spend five weeks exploring the Indian Ocean with an…
Wicklow councillor Jennifer Whitmore
A marine scientist running for the Social Democrats in the general election has described as “unrealistic” a Green Party proposal to designate 50 per cent of Irish territorial waters as marine protected areas writes Lorna Siggins Wicklow councillor Jennifer Whitmore, who…
Seren Flavin (6), Grace Gavin (6), MacDara Flavin (9) and Jack Gavin (8) from Scoíl Shéamais Naofa in Barna, Co Galway at the launch of the Explorers Pop Art & Creative Writing Competition
Primary school children across Ireland are being invited to use the power of their imagination to save the ocean from climate change in a new art and writing competition. The Explorers Pop Art & Creative Writing Competition was launched earlier…
Albatrosses, like this wandering albatross seen off Tasmania, range over huge areas of ocean and regularly circle the globe
A team of scientists in France are ‘recruiting’ albatrosses to monitor fishing fleets in the ocean for illegal activity. Smithsonian Magazine reports on the findings of a new study detailing efforts to tag the “sentinels of the sea” with tiny…
The RV Celtic Voyager, pictured, and RV Celtic Explorer will host students on 13 survey legs from February to December 2020
The Marine Institute in collaboration with the Strategic Marine Alliance for Research and Training (SMART) is offering 22 bursaries on dedicated FEAS surveys throughout 2020 on the RV Celtic Explorer and RV Celtic Voyager. Bursaries include groundfish, acoustic and underwater…
Irish Sailor & Artist Joins Women’s Expedition To Research Impact Of Ocean Plastic
An Irish sailor and visual artist will join next month’s leg of an all-female sailing voyage that’s carrying out important research into the devastating impact of ocean plastic. Claire McCluskey was a relative novice to sailing when in 2016 she…
Recycling and re-use of plastic constituents used in fishing gear is at an early stage in Europe
Skateboards, sunglasses, bicycle baskets, bird feeders and socks can all be manufactured from recycled fishing gear, a seminar at NUI Galway has heard writes Lorna Siggins Nets, gear and other plastic material washed up on the coast could provide business opportunities…
Fish stock assessment bursars Paul Brady and Conor Conway at the Salmon Leap fish trap in Newport in July 2019
The Marine Institute is inviting marine science undergradutes to apply for a number of work experience placements as part of the 2020 Summer Bursary Scholarship Programme. In 2020, the programme will offer a number of eight- to 12-week placements for up to…
Vera Quinlan and Peter Owens with the Argo float on board their yacht Danu
The Quinlan-Owens family from Galway gave the Marine Institute a helping hand recently when they deployed an Argo float in the Atlantic Ocean while sailing their yacht Danu. Vera Quinlan, Peter Owens and their two children Lilian and Ruairi deployed…
Ocean temperatures record highest in 2019
The warmest year for the ocean in all of human history took place last year, according to a new study. According to GreenNews.ie, research from the Institute of Atmospheric Physics also found that the past five years produced the warmest…
Marine Researchers Invited To Apply For EurofleetsPlus Programmes
EurofleetsPlus, the marine research consortium co-ordinated by the Marine Institute, is currently calling for applications from researchers for three programmes. The first of these, the Ship-time and marine Equipment Application (SEA) Programme Call ‘Regional’, offers fully funded transnational access to…
Pictured at the contract signing were Dr. Paul Connolly CEO Marine Institute, Minister Michael Creed TD, Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine and Laudelino Alperi Baragaño, Executive Shareholder, Astilleros Armon Vigo S.A
The Marine Institute and Spanish shipyard Astilleros Armon Vigo S.A. have signed a contract for the construction of Ireland’s new state-of-the-art marine research vessel, following the completion of the design of the vessel by Skipsteknisk AS of Norway. This is…
Speakers and chairs from day one of the 10th Annual Marine Economics and Policy Research Symposium
The 10th Annual Marine Economics Policy Research Symposium, recently held at the Marine Institute’s Oranmore headquarters, provided a forum for researchers, scientists, economists and policy makers to present and exchange views on a wide range of topics. Organised by the…

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)

Featured Sailing School

INSS sidebutton

Featured Clubs

dbsc mainbutton
Howth Yacht Club
Kinsale Yacht Club
National Yacht Club
Royal Cork Yacht Club
Royal Irish Yacht club
Royal Saint George Yacht Club

Featured Brokers

leinster sidebutton

Featured Webcams

Featured Car Brands

subaru sidebutton

Featured Associations

ISA sidebutton
ICRA
isora sidebutton

Featured Events 2020

Featured Chandleries

CHMarine Afloat logo
osm sidebutton
viking sidebutton

Featured Sailmakers

northsails sidebutton
uksails sidebutton

Featured Marinas

dlmarina sidebutton

Featured Blogs

W M Nixon - Sailing on Saturday
podcast sidebutton
mansfield sidebutton
BSB sidebutton
sellingboat sidebutton

Please show your support for Afloat by donating