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The longest migration recorded in this study was more than 300 days. Each day the eel made a vertical migration of more than 300 metres and back
Irish researchers from Inland Fisheries Ireland have contributed to an EU funded research which has helped solve the deepest secrets of oceanic migration and behaviour of one of Europe’s most mysterious fish, the European eel. The international research team, led…
New Roadmap For Marine Biotechnology Research & Innovation In Europe Is Launched
#MarineScience - As previously highlighted on Afloat.ie, the Marine Biotechnology Research and Innovation Roadmap was launched by the EU-funded Marine Biotechnology Consortium (ERA-MBT) last week in Brussels. The consortium brings together 19 partners from 14 countries across Europe to work with…
Galway Hosts Atlantic Action Plan & Marine Economics Conferences
#BlueGrowth - Galway's Marine Institute will host the third Irish national event of the support team for the Atlantic Action Plan on Thursday 24 November. Under the theme of ‘Linking the Atlantic Strategy and Current Funding Opportunities’, this event is aimed…
Marine Institute Open Day In November
#MarineScience - The Marine Institute is set to open its doors for its annual Open Day on Wednesday 23 November from 9.30am to 3pm. The Open Day at Ireland's national agency for marine research, technology, development and innovation is especially…
 Jeanne Flynn, Aoife Muldoon  Emily Egan and  Gearoid Tracy Loughrea students (Youth Work Ireland Galway) with Vera Quinlan, INFOMAR team, Marine Institute and  Letizia Gorini, Youth Work Ireland Galway (centre) have been shortlisted as one of three projects in Europe for the Mario Ruivo Prize
Two of three "Your Ocean, Your Future" themed projects shortlisted for the European Mario Ruivo Prize are from Ireland. A team of Loughrea students with Youth Work Ireland Galway, designed a project to raise awareness of the importance of the…
Sir David Attenborough and Cammel Laird CEO John Syvret with a model of the £150m polar research vessel. The famous naturalist and broadcaster attended a keel-laying ceremony of the Sir David Attenborough at a UK shipyard yesterday
#BoatyMcBoatface - Sir David Attenborough along with more than 1,000 people attended the keel-laying ceremony of a new £150m polar research vessel at a UK shipyard yesterday. Construction of RSS Sir David Attenborough was officially started by the world-renowned naturalist…
The Marine Institute headquarters in Rinville
#INFOMAR - Galway’s Marine Institute hosts the 2016 Seminar for INFOMAR – Integrated Mapping for the Sustainable Development of Ireland’s Marine Resource – next Wednesday 19 October. With a focus on ‘collectively creating an INFOMAR legacy’, the free day-long event…
The Marine Institute headquarters in Rinville, Galway
#MarineScience - The Marine Institute will host a three-day workshop on some of the latest technology for ocean mapping next month when the CARIS World Tour stops off in Galway from Tuesday 15 to Thursday 17 November. Information sessions, detailed…
Dr Peter Heffernan, Dr Margaret Rae, EU Commissioner Karmenu Vella and Dr John Killeen at the Atlantic Stakeholders Conference in Croke Park on Tuesday 27 September
#MarineScience - The Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance Co-ordination and Support Action (AORA-CSA) has received the first Atlantic Project Award for International Cooperation. The Marine Institute-led project was presented with the accolade yesterday (Tuesday 27 September) during the Atlantic Stakeholders Conference…
Design and testing of the boat will take about 18 months, the team will start building it in 2018
Members of the public will be able to see their name etched into history when ambitious plans to build a multi-million pound robot boat to mark the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower out of Plymouth take another…
Coral reef in Florida
#MarineScience - The Marine Biotechnology ERA-NET will hold a stakeholder meeting, coinciding with the launch of the recently completed European Marine Biotechnology Research and Innovation Roadmap, on 12-14 October 2016 at the Hotel Marivaux in Brussels. The stakeholder meeting builds…
Primary Schools' Marine Education Programme Expands
#MarineScience - The Marine Institute’s Explorers Education Programme is growing and is now available in Galway, Clare, Mayo, Cork and Waterford, delivered by centres including Galway Atlantaquaria, Loop Head Summer Hedge School, Redrose Developments, Lifetime Lab and Oceanic Surf School…
Applications Open To Marine Researchers For Fulbright-Marine Institute Award
#MarineScience - The Fulbright Commission and the Marine Institute are offering a unique opportunity for an Irish PhD candidate or scholar to travel to the US to research in the fields of marine science or marine-related business sector. The commission…
West is one of five unmanned research boats sent out from the US east coast and the Canary Islands from late 2013
#Unmanned - A miniature unmanned sailing boat has been reported off the Kerry coast after nearly three years in the North Atlantic. The boat, named West, is part of the Educational Passages project by the Middle School of Westbrook in…
Dr Ciaran Kelly of the Marine Institute with Dr Louise Allcock of NUI Galway, Dr Philip McGinnity of UCC, Science Foundation Ireland DG Prof Mark Ferguson and Mark Johnson
#MarineScience - Two marine science projects will be funded as part of €40 million in research funding for 24 major projects as announced yesterday (Wednesday 3 August) by Minister for Innovation Mary Mitchell-O'Connor. Distributed via the Science Foundation Ireland's Investigators…
The science team on the current Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance transatlantic seabed mapping survey
#SeabedMapping - The Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance's fifth transatlantic seabed mapping survey launched last Friday 22 July from eastern Canada. Sailing on the Canadian Coast Guard Ship Louis S St-Laurent, the team will map the seafloor across the North Atlantic…

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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