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Humpback whales fluking in Skalfandi Bay, Iceland
The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) is bringing stories from the Celtic Mist’s historic marine wildlife survey voyage around Iceland to libraries and other venues nationwide. Already the IWDG has visited 10 venues across eight counties in its ‘On…
Laurel Hill winners at the third Shannon Foynes Port Company ‘Compass’ TY competition for Transition year students as seen alongside quays at the Port of Foynes in Co. Limerick
#marinescience - One of Ireland’s maritime commercial hubs, Foynes, in Co Limerick was where innovation was in rich supply as schools presented ground-breaking concepts for sustainable energy sources of the future. The schools congregated at the biennial Shannon Foynes Port Company…
Marine Institute chief executive Dr Peter Heffernan shakes hands with Hans Ove Holmoey, managing director of Skipsteknisk AS, at the signing of the design contract for Ireland’s latest marine research vessel
#MarineScience - Ship design consultants Skipsteknisk AS of Ålesund, Norway have been awarded the contract to design the new state-of-the-art marine research vessel for Ireland. The new 50m research vessel due in 2022 will replace the RV Celtic Voyager and will…
Lophelia pertusa colonising a World War I cargo vessel wreck at 160m, as seen from the ROV Étáin
Shipwrecks off the Irish coast are acting as artificial reefs for corals usually found much deeper in the Atlantic. That’s according to NUI Galway ocean scientist Anthony Grehan, who told the Irish Examiner about his recent surprising find at the…
The state of the art facilities at Lir include four wave tanks that can replicate real ocean conditions and enable testing of various marine innovations
Ireland’s ocean energy test facility, Lir, was officially opened today in Ringaskiddy in Cork Harbour by Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cork TD Simon Coveney. Located in the €20 million UCC Environmental Research Institute (ERI) Beaufort building, Lir – the…
Minister for Agriculture, Food and Marine, Michael Creed TD (centre) along with Dr. Peter Heffernan, Marine Institute CEO and representatives of 12 Irish companies in the marine sector that will receive investment funding totalling €2.4 million over 3 years.  The twelve grants of up to €200,000 each are being provided to companies and company-led consortia with universities to  support novel research and the development of new technologies in key growth areas such as marine engineering, renewable energy and the blue bio-economy
Twelve marine SMEs are to benefit from funding provided for the National Marine Research and Innovation Strategy (2017-2021). The Minister for Agriculture, Food and Marine, Michael Creed TD has announced that the Marine Institute is to provide twelve marine businesses…
Awards For Marine-Related Projects Among 2019 BT Young Scientists
Marine science-related projects were among those awarded at the 2019 BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition in Dublin yesterday (Friday 11 January). Rachel Cotter and Jack Mullen, pupils of Coláiste Muire in Crosshaven, Co Cork, placed second in the intermediate…
John Killeen Reappointed as Chairperson of The Marine Institute
The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, T.D., has re-appointed Dr. John Killeen as Chairperson of the Marine Institute for a five-year term with effect from January 8th 2019. Dr Killeen was originally appointed for a five…
Atlantic salmon
To track Atlantic salmon movements from river to sea and back, millions of salmon have been tagged over the past 50 years as part of scientific international tagging programmes. Recently, ICES published a co-operative research report documenting 50 years of…
An eel caught at Lough Muckno in Co Monaghan
Former commercial eel fisherman in Galway will receive compensation up to a maximum of €3 million from this month, as Galway Bay FM reports. Applications were opened till the end of November for the Support Scheme for Former Feel Fisherpersons…
Dr Gerard McCarthy of Maynooth University (centre) with Marine Institute chief executive Dr Peter Heffernan (left) and Marine Minister Michael Creed
#MarineScience - Marine Minister Minister Creed has welcomed the announcement of €2 million from the Marine Institute and the European Regional Development Fund for a major project on Atlantic climate change. Led by Dr Gerard McCarthy of the ICARUS Climate…
Taoiseach and ministers at the announcement of the inaugural round of the Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund
Marine Minister Creed has welcomed the announcement of over €5 million in funding for marine and agri-food projects under the Government’s Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund. The inaugural funding call, announced yesterday (Monday 10 December) by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Innovation…
 Marine Institute CEO Peter Heffernan, Fishmonger Pat O'Connell and Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Michael Creed TD review the 2018 Marine Institute Annual Stock Book, which is one of the principal annual publications of the Institute, providing the latest impartial scientific advice on commercially exploited fish stocks of interest to Ireland.
The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, T.D., has received the 2018 Marine Institute Annual Stock Book. The Stock Book, which is one of the principal annual publications of the Institute, provides the latest impartial scientific advice…
Minister for Agriculture, Food & Marine Michael Creed TD with Marine Institute CEO Peter Heffernan and Evelyn Cusack, Head of Forecasting at Met Eireann at the investment of €700,000 in the Marine Data Buoy Network in 2018.
The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Minister Creed T.D., has announced an investment of over €0.7m in the Marine Data Buoy Network. The additional funding will provide for both ongoing operations and a significant upgrading of the existing…
James Fahy (UCD), Martina Maloney (Marine Institute) and Philip Stephens (NUIG) at the Cullen Fellowship Programme event in Oranmore last week
Nineteen postgraduates presented their marine research highlighting the innovation and contributions being made towards the growth of the marine sector in Ireland at the Cullen Fellowship Programme’s two-day annual meeting last week. Dr Peter Heffernan, chief executive of the Marine…
A still from video captured of the shark nursery during the SeaRover survey
Members of the Marine Institute, INFOMAR and Explorers Education teams, as well as the chief scientist of the SeaRover survey, will be at the Galway Science and Technology Festival this Sunday (25 November) highlighting the recent discovery of a rare…

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)

At A Glance – Figaro Race

  • It starts in June or July from a French port.
  • The race is split into four stages varying from year to year, from the length of the French coast and making up a total of around 1,500 to 2,000 nautical miles (1,700 to 2,300 mi; 2,800 to 3,700 km) on average.
  • Over the years the race has lasted between 10 and 13 days at sea.
  • The competitor is alone in the boat, participation is mixed.
  • Since 1990, all boats are of one design.

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