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#BlueFutures - The Marine Institute's chief executive Dr Peter Heffernan is representing Ireland at a number of international events in Europe, USA and Canada where he has promoted the importance of the oceans in the planetary life support system. “Ninety-seven…
#MarineScience - Marine scientists from four countries will set off from Galway tomorrow on a three-week expedition to explore the deep ocean off southern Spain. As Galway Bay FM reports, the 13 experts will voyage on the RV Celtic Explorer…
#MarineScience - Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) and Northern Ireland’s Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure (DCAL) welcomed delegates to the second International Sea Trout Symposium, which took place this week from 20-22nd October in Dundalk. The symposium’s key objective was…
A team of scientists led by Dr Ruth Plets, School of Environmental Sciences at Ulster University, aboard the Marine Institute's Celtic Voyager research vessel has revealed detailed images of World War I shipwrecks in the Irish Sea. The team set out to capture…
#MarineScience - NUI Galway will host a public seminar examining ocean acidification next Wednesday 16 September. Ocean acidification arises as a result of the ongoing decrease in the pH of the Earth’s oceans, caused by the uptake of carbon dioxide…
#MarineScience - The second International Sea Trout Symposium will take place in Dundalk, Co Louth from 20-22 October, as previously reported on Afloat.ie. Building on the success of the previous symposium on the biology, conservation and management of the important…
Applications Open For Explorers Marine Education Programme In 2015-16
#MarineScience - Applications are now open for primary schools that wish to take part in marine-related activities and workshops for the 2015-16 school year as part of the Explorers Education Programme. The programme's new module system, introduced in 2014, "allows…
Coastguard Detect Algal Bloom Off South West Coast
A dense bloom of a potentially fish killing species of algae was detected off the SW coast on Saturday 23rd of August in the Dunmanus Bay area. Extremely dense concentrations of the microscopic species Karenia mikimotoi were identified in samples…
Marine Institute Invites Tenders For Supply Of Survey Support Services
#MarineScience - The Marine Institute is inviting tenders for the supply of survey support services to Fishery Ecosystems Advisory Services (FEAS). The service provider will provide support to a range of fishery surveys as directed by FEAS according to FEAS…
Galway Bay Ocean Observatory Completed
#MarineScience - A significant piece of ocean research infrastructure was brought to fruition with the completion of the Galway Bay underwater ocean observatory over the weekend. Through the combined effort of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI), the Marine…
International Research Alliance Collaborates On North Atlantic Ocean Survey
#MarineScience - Canada's Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Gail Shea joined Kathryn Sullivan, US Undersecretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and NOAA Administrator and Marine Minister Simon Coveney to issue a statement yesterday (Friday 24 July) welcoming the second…
New Fellowship Programme For Marine Research
#MarineScience - The Marine Institute's Cullen Fellowship was officially launched by Marine Minister Simon Coveney on 10 July during the SeaFest events in Cork. The Cullen Fellowship programme provides research training opportunities for scientists in marine and related disciplines leading…
New Centre Beaufort Promises Major Maritime Investment
#NewCentre – The Examiner writes that over the weekend, a maritime facility which will power the 'blue economy" was opened in Ringaskiddy, Co Cork, by Taoiseach Enda Kenny. The 4,700m sq, five-storey Beaufort Building with wave simulators, test tanks, workshops…
Registration Open For International Sea Trout Symposium
#MarineScience - The second International Sea Trout Symposium will take place in Dundalk, Co Louth from 20-22 October 2015. Targeted at scientists, managers and other fishery stakeholder interests in the public and private sectors, the central aim is to promote the wider application of an evidence-based…
Students Join Marine Institute For Summer Science Placements
#MarineScience - The annual Marine Institute bursary programme gets underway this month with 23 third-level students from academic institutions in Ireland and the UK joining the institute for eight weeks. Every year up to 150 of third-level students across Ireland…
Cold Water Corals Growing In Abundance Off Porcupine Bank
#MarineScience - An international team of scientists led by Prof Andy Wheeler of University College Cork have discovered a new habitat for coral in Irish waters – possibly doubling the amount of cold water corals previously thought to exist in the area…

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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