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Cork Harbour €200m Marine Energy Research Centre Underway
#marinescience – Ireland's access to two of the most powerful natural resources in the world – wave and wind – has lead Government to give the green light to a new €200 million maritime research Centre that aims to propel Ireland to…
Calls Now Open For Marine Reaearch Funding Under EUROFLEETS2
#MarineScience - Applications are now being invited under EUROFLEETS2, an EU-funded project providing scientists with 200 fully funded days of ship-time and 104 fully funded days of marine equipment to carry out ship-based research activities within any field of marine…
Blueprint Charts Course for European Marine Science, Technology and Innovation
#MarineScience - On 20 June last, the European Marine Board presented its blueprint for the next phase of seas and oceans research in Europe to EU Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science Máire Geoghegan-Quinn and Maria da Graça Carvalho, MEP…
Marine Institute To Be Centre of Global Marine Research
#MarineScience - Galway Bay FM reports that the Marine Institute in Galway is to become one of the world's leading marine research centres. The news comes in the wake of a groundbreaking deal signed in Galway on Friday afternoon (24…
EU,US & Canada Launch Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance in Galway
The European Union, The United States and Canada today agreed to join forces on Atlantic Ocean Research. The goal is to better understand the Atlantic Ocean and promote the sustainable management of its resources. The Agreement aims to connect the…
European Marine Leaders Meet in Galway to Discuss Sharing Atlantic Ocean Resource
The Taoiseach, as Irish Presidency of the Council of the European Union, in association with Ms Maria Damanaki, Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, and Ms Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science and Minister for Agriculture and the…
'Longest River' Hailed A Success In Brussels
#MarineScience - A unique audio-visual performance intended to communicate the importance of marine science and research has been praised at a showcase event in Brussels. The Marine Institute has collaborated with Galway-based choir Cois Cladaigh on The Longest River, in…
St. Andrews National Primary School Awarded Explorers Education Certificate
The Marine Institute presented St Andrew's National Primary school students with Explorers Certificates of Participation today (Friday 26th April) at the Sea Life Centre in Bray. Over the last couple of months, up to 200 primary school students on the…
Irish Music & Marine Science Event 'The Longest River' Highlights Marine Research
In association with the Marine Institute and sponsored by Culture Ireland and Tourism Ireland, the Longest River event will take place at Eglise du Saint-Sacrement, in Brussels on April 29th (from 8-9pm) as part of the celebration of Ireland's Presidency…
Irish Marine Innovations Applauded By Euro Space Agency
#MarineScience - Irish companies and researchers have distinguished themselves by developing innovative maritime services using satellite derived data in areas as diverse as marine renewables, fisheries protection, aquaculture and tourism.   That was the message from Dr Volker Liebig, director…
Advanced Marine Technologies Course Onboard RV Celtic Voyager
#MarineSCIENCE- Postgraduate students from the International SmartOcean Graduate Enterprise Initiative (ISGEI) recently had the experience of a two-day practical offshore course in advanced marine technologies onboard the national research vessel RV Celtic Voyager. The course focussed on Sensors, Moorings and…
Marine Jobs Boost as Irish MEP Pushes Growth of EU Maritime Sector
#marine – MEPs voted to back Sean Kelly's proposals on the future growth of the EU's maritime sector, by an overwhelming 42-1 in favour, in a show of cross-party political support, in the European Parliament today (Tuesday). "There is huge…
Marine Scientists Gather to Discuss Integration of Research Fleets
#MarineScience - Gathering more than 60 marine scientists and research fleets operators from all European eco-regions, the kick-off meeting of the European project EUROFLEETS2 was held in Brest, France from 19-21 March last at the invitation of the French Research…
Canadian Ambassador Boards RV Celtic Explorer at Galway Docks
#marine science – Irish and Canadian scientists join forces on a transatlantic survey onboard the Irish National Research Vessel, RV Celtic Explorer which sets sail today for the Labrador and Newfoundland Seas to carry out fisheries research. Canadian Ambassador to…
Cork Schools Complete Marine Science Programme
#marinescience –  The Lifetime Lab and the Marine Institute have presented up to one thousand 3rd and 4th primary school students with the Explorers Certificate of Participation, recently after they had completed the Explorers Primary Marine Science Workshops held at…
Dingle Aquarium Links With US University For Marine Science Studies
#MarineScience - An American university is teaming up with marine experts in Dingle to offer advanced marine biology classes. As the Fairfield Sun reports, the biology department at Sacred Heart University in Connecticut is collaborating with scientists and staff at…

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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