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New Marine Research Centre Means Jobs Boost For Cork
#MarineResearch - Up to 77 jobs may be be supported by a new €29 million research centre that's set to put Ireland at the cutting edge of the marine energy sector, as The Irish Times reports. The SFI Research Centre,…
Get Involved With 'Secchi Disk' Global Plankton Survey
#MarineScience - The team behind one of the world's biggest studies of ocean plankton have renewed their drive to encourage participation by all manner of seafarers. As reported earlier this year on, the Secchi Disk project involves the use…
Schools Essay Contest For Celtic Explorer Visit
#MarineScience - The Marine Institute invites fifth and sixth class primary school pupils to take part in Exploring the XTRA-Ordinary, a new writing competition where the winner and their class will be invited to visit Ireland’s national maritime research vessel Celtic…
Ireland & Northern Ireland To Become Centre Of Excellence For Marine ICT
#MarineScience - The SmartOcean Forum taking place at Titanic Belfast over the next two days (5-6 November) aims to establish Northern Ireland and Ireland as leaders in the development of ICT products and services for global marine sectors.  The Invest…
SmartOcean's Call of the Sea for Emerging Marine Tech Opportunities
SmartOcean Ireland invites ICT companies to register for the SmartOcean Forum 2013 at the Titanic Centre, Belfast, 5-6 November and join Ireland's emerging marine technology sector to develop high-tech products and services for the global marine sector. The purpose of…
Register For SMARTSkills Workshop On Research Funding And Marine Data
#MarineScience - The SMARTSkills 2013 Postgraduate Workshop on Research Funding Opportunities and Marine Data Access will be held on the 24 and 25 October 2013 hosted by the Marine Institute in Oranmore, Galway. The two-day workshop is organised by the…
Whale & Bird Sightings Keep Researchers Busy On Celtic Explorer Herring Survey
#MarineScience - The RV Celtic Explorer is nearly a week into its Celtic Sea Herring Survey for 2013 with a wide variety of marine wildlife sightings already on record. Some 15 scientists comprise the crew of the research vessel for…
Seabed Survey Seminar Tries To Bridge Gap Between Research And Industr
#INFOMAR - The annual INFOMAR Seminar on one of the world’s largest seabed mapping programmes took place this week at the University of Limerick from 9-10 October, with updates on Ireland’s national seabed mapping programme. Archie Donovan of the Geological…
Inland Fisheries Ireland Extends Research Partnership With UCD
#MarineScience - Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) and University College Dublin (UCD) jointly sealed a Memorandum of Understanding at UCD’s Ardmore House on Monday 7 October expressing their commitment to a continued rich and productive liaison in research. Over the past…
INFOMAR Annual Seminar 2013
#INFOMARseminar – A two-day INFOMAR seminar hosted by the Geological Survey of Ireland and the Marine Institute is to start tomorrow (Wednesday 9 October) in Limerick City. Integrated Mapping for the Sustainable Development of Ireland's Marine Resources (INFOMAR) is a…
Explorers Marine Education Programme Expands For New School Year
#MarineScience - The Explorers Marine Education programme aimed at primary schools has been re-launched in Galway with over 45 schools now taking part in the expanded programme. Gearing up to celebrate Maths Week (14-18 October), Explorer workshops are being held…
Allianz Business to Arts Award for Marine Institute
#marineinst – Organisations ranging from the corporate sector, small businesses, State agencies and a wide selection of artists and cultural groups from around Ireland gathered at Bord Gáis Energy Theatre in Dublin last week (Tuesday 10th September) to celebrate the…
Marine Institute Heads New Advances In Shellfish Science
#MarineScience - The Marine Institute has headed a major international project demonstrating the latest advances in shellfish safety.  Results of this four-year project - presented on Tuesday 10 September at the ASTOX-II Project workshop in the Oranmore HQ of the…
Chinese Fishery Scientists Visit Marine Institute, Galway
The Vice President of the Chinese Academy of Fishery Sciences (CAFS) Professor Zheng Zhiling, and colleagues from the Yellow Sea and East China Sea Fisheries Research Institutes, met with scientists from the Marine Institute in Galway last week to identify…
Appeal For Missing Young Scientists Probe in Dundalk Bay
#MarineScience - A team of young scientists have lost a special weather balloon probe somewhere in Dundalk Bay - and they've turned to the internet for help. CoderDojo mentor Daniel O'Reilly, who has been working with the teens on their…
Marine Institute Hits Out At 'Inaccurate' Media Comment On Sea Lice Study
#FishFarm - The Marine Institute has moved to highlight what it says are a "number of inaccuracies" in a news story regarding plans for the controversial Galway Bay fish farm. Yesterday (15 August) published an article on An Taisce's criticism…

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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