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Diverted water from rivers disperse tiny plastic particles across farmland from where they may be flushed back into other watercourses
Diverting streams and rivers to irrigate crops or provide drinking water may “significantly extend” the time microplastics spend in river catchments, new research states. Diverted water from rivers disperse tiny plastic particles across farmland from where they may be flushed…
The Jellyfish Garden – the educational garden (funded by Science Foundation Ireland) and designed to teach more about the different jellyfish in Irish waters, the science of the sting, the jellyfish lifecycle and what to do if you get stung!
The “science” of the jellyfish sting, what to do if you get stung, and the different species in Irish waters are themes of a dedicated garden at the Bloom festival in Dublin’s Phoenix Park this weekend. The jellyfish garden has…
On the Team Holcim-PRB boat, onboard Georgia Schofield is also in charge of the science unit measuring micro plastics in the oceans
Preliminary results from the initial legs of the current edition of The Ocean Race show microplastics in each one of the 40 samples analysed so far, with as many as 1,884 microplastic particles per cubic metre of water in some…
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The Our Shared Ocean funding programme, specifically designed to build strategic research partnerships between Ireland and Small Island Developing States (SIDS), has launched a suite of competitive calls to support capacity building in eligible SIDS partner countries in the areas…
Galway Atlantaquaria staff have walked the rocky shores of Grattan Beach in Salthill, recording the marine wildlife and elusive biodiversity that is hidden just below the surface of the small pools, and under the rocks by the shore
Galway Atlantaquaria has been nominated as an “Explore Your Shore” project hub for Galway City. The nomination has been made by the National Biodiversity Data Centre and the Environmental Protection Agency. For over 20 years, Galway Atlantaquaria staff have walked…
A female individual of Hydractinia symbiolongicarpus. Body cells are shown in red; stem cells and maturing eggs in green
A relative of corals and jellyfish, which can live for thousands of years, has been used to study the developmental potential of adult stem cells. A research team in the Centre for Chromosome Biology, University of Galway, selected the cnidarian…
Ocean Knowledge that Informs and Inspires front cover
The Marine Institute has launched its new five-year corporate strategy to 2027 which sets out eight strategic priorities centring on transforming the institute’s knowledge, advice and services to benefit people, policy and planet. Ocean Knowledge that Informs and Inspires sets…
Six Marine Institute Explorers marine-themed Continuing Professional Development (CPD) five-day teacher-training courses have been approved by the Department of Education and Skills
The Marine Institute’s Explorers Education Programme has announced that six Explorers marine-themed Continuing Professional Development (CPD) five-day teacher-training courses (July 3-7) have been approved by the Department of Education and Skills and are now available to book with education centres…
Dr Julie Maguire, research director of Bantry Marine Research Station
Seaweed’s role in saving the world from climate change and starvation is the title of a talk today (Friday) in Bantry, Co Cork, as part of National Biodiversity Week. The talk by Dr Julie Maguire is one of a number…
Rashid Sumaila, Professor of Ocean and Fisheries Economics at the University of British Columbia will be the keynote speaker for the inaugural Fair Seas World Ocean Day Conference at Cork City Hall on Thursday, June 8th.
An ocean economist, who won the prestigious 2023 Tyler Prize for the Environment Award, has been announced as the keynote speaker for the inaugural Fair Seas World Ocean Day Conference next month. Rashid Sumaila, Professor of Ocean and Fisheries Economics…
“The Serengeti of the seas” is how seagrasses are described by a North American scientist who is concerned about the future of a “forgotten” coastal ecosystem. Katie May Laumann of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science is one…
Celestine Rowland presents Cushla Dromgool-Regan and the Explorers team (from left, William McElhinney of Leave No Trace Ireland, Dr NoirÍn Burke of Galway Atlantaquaria and Padraic Creedon of Leave No Trace Ireland) with the Best Education Outreach Award for the Marine Institute’s Explorers Education Programme
The Marine Institute’s Explorers Education Programme won the Best Education Outreach Award in The Education Awards 2023, announced at a gala event in Dublin recently. “We are delighted that the Explorers Programme’s outreach module Healthy Ocean Project and Ocean Champions…
The Marine Institute’s Irish Ocean Climate and Ecosystem Status Report 2023
Marine Minister Charlie McConalogue TD officially launched the Marine Institute’s Irish Ocean Climate and Ecosystem Status Report 2023 on Thursday, May 5th. The 2023 report provides important and timely updates on national observations and recommendations previously presented by the Marine Institute.…
The Marine Institute's Newport Facility in Co Mayo
Minister of State for Trade Promotion and Digital Transformation, Dara Calleary T.D., today visited the Marine Institute's Newport Facility in Co Mayo. Welcoming Minister Calleary, Dr John Killeen, Chair Marine Institute, said: "We are delighted to welcome Minister Calleary to…
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The Ocean Research Conservation Association of Ireland (ORCA Ireland) intends to deploy a data buoy as an aid to navigation off the South Coast of Ireland this weekend. The deployment will take place on Saturday 22 April, subject to weather…
16 million Euro in Funding for Climate Change Research - Areas of research include exploring how nature-based solutions can benefit the environment and society
“Nature-based” solutions to the impact of climate breakdown on the marine and terrestrial environments could qualify for funding from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as part of a new research call. The EPA says up to €16 million in funding…

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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