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A Kerry councillor's call is to have the Marine Institute's newbuild research vessel (RV) Tom Crean be named in the south-west county in honour of the Annascaul-born Antartic explorer.
A Kerry county councillor says it's appropriate that a vessel to be named after Kerry's Antarctic explorer would officially take place in the county. The Marine Institute has commissioned a new research vessel, which is to be named the RV…
UK and Irish seaweeds may significantly reduce GHG agricultural emissions and provide extra health benefits when used as a supplement for farm animals
As Cop26 continues to debate methane – with the US And EU having pledged to reduce agricultural methane outputs from ruminant livestock by upwards of 30% by 2030 – scientists at the Institute for Global Food Security (IGFS) at Queen’s…
Saoirse and Mark bring the wonders of sea science to the screen with exciting video demonstrations
To celebrate Science Week, the Marine Institute and the Explorers Education Programme are supporting the 2021 Galway Science and Technology Festival, which kicked off on Sunday 7 November and continues to Sunday 21 November. “We are delighted to engage with…
The YUCO micro-AUV from French company SEABER
An international team of scientists has demonstrated new advanced underwater technology for ocean observation at the SmartBay Observatory in Galway Bay this week. French company SEABER demonstrated the YUCO micro-AUV (or micro autonomous underwater vehicle) — an unmanned, untethered vehicle…
UCC researchers Prof Alan Dobson and Dr David Clarke involved in EU project to tap oceans for new medicines
New antibiotics in the world’s oceans and the curative properties of marine animals like sponges will be explored in a European project involving researchers at University College Cork (UCC). The EU has awarded a total of €7.5 million under its…
Maori whale expert Ramari Stewart with the skull of the newly discovered species of whale named after her
Irish whale experts have contributed to the identification of a new species of whale which is so deep diving that it has rarely been recorded before. A global network of researchers including Prof Emer Rogan of University College Cork/Environmental Research…
Galway Atlantaquaria’s education officer Anna Quinn gets up close with the humble but remarkable cephalopod
Primary classrooms throughout Ireland are celebrating cephalopods throughout the month of October with the launch of the Explorers Education Programme’s new educational resources focusing on squid. “Marine scientists around the world have been studying squid for many years, learning about…
The research found that microplastics are affecting the behaviour of hermit crabs
New research at Queen’s University highlights the impact that microplastics are having on hermit crabs, which play an important role in balancing the marine ecosystem. The research found that microplastics are affecting the behaviour of hermit crabs, namely their ability…
Bioeconomy-The Blue Perspective event advert
What is the ‘blue bioeconomy’? Who are the people working on it in Ireland and where do they get support? Marine scientist and influencer Finn van der Aar will host the first in a series of online events later this…
A massive wave captured by the Saildrone Explorer’s onboard camera during Hurricane Sam
In what’s being touted as a world first, a drone sailboat was sent into a Category 4 hurricane in the Atlantic to capture live footage from inside the storm. Saildrone collected the footage with one of its 23-foot Explorer remote-operated…
Flying squid (family Ommastrephidae) sitting on the deep-sea floor at the Fangorn bank (Ireland)
Lineages among oceanic squids which have been said to puzzle researchers for over a century have been resolved by scientists at NUI Galway (NUIG). A team at the NUIG Ryan Institute has been able to name the different family groups…
La Palma lava flows into the sea
A cascade of lava spilling into the Atlantic ocean from the Spanish island of La Palma has been photographed by the European Space Agency (ESA). The lava from the volcanic eruption extends the size of the coastline and covered about…
Pictured l-r: Mayor of Galway City, Colette Connolly with Dr Noírín Burke of Galway Atlantaquaria, Filmmaker Ken O'Sullivan and Professor Abhay Pandit, Scientific Director of CÚRAM, NUI Galway
Using sponge slime to fight cancer and copying barnacle glue for surgery are among projects highlighted at a new exhibition focusing on the contribution of the marine environment to medical research. The exhibition at Galway Atlantaquaria in Salthill, Galway, is…
File image of the RV Celtic Voyager
The next SeaMonitor survey will be carried out by the RV Celtic Voyager in the North Channel from tomorrow, Wednesday 29 September. This latest stage of the project aims to deploy 80 acoustic listening stations (ALSs) across the North Channel…
Graphic for Explorers Education Programme outreach in schools and classes
The Explorers Education Programme has been expanded to deliver modules to primary schools in all of Ireland’s coastal counties. Established in Galway over 15 years ago and funded by the Marine Institute, the Explorers programme now reaches schools all around the…
Pictured at Loughs Agency headquarters in Derry, from left: Ross McGill, principal project officer for SeaMonitor; researcher Cassandra Hartery; SeaMonitor senior scientific officer Diego del Villar; researcher Caitlin Bate; and Loughs Agency chief executive Sharon McMahon
Field personnel from the Ocean Tracking Network (OTN) based at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia are currently in the North West working with the team servicing critical animal tracking infrastructure in support of the SeaMonitor project. Led by the Loughs…

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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