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Leading Irish/Northern Irish scientists feature in the new list of storm names released by Met Éireann and British and Dutch counterparts. Among them is “Lilian”, after Lilian Bland, an Anglo-Irish journalist and the first woman in Ireland to build and…
Frank Roberts Junior High students Stephanie Evans, left, Kaitlyn Grandy, and Thomas Sheppard who was their teacher, and Karen Lavelle Quinn, Deputy Principal of Coláiste Pobail Acla, Achill, Mayo, carrying the Raven Kaster at Galway Atlantaquaria at the weekend
A mini boat that was swept from Newfoundland’s Grand Banks to Achill Island in Storm Erik is due to be relaunched off Ireland sometime in the next few weeks. The Newfoundland students who first helped to launch the 1.8m (6ft)…
Dynamic color change of a hogfish
Marine scientists have found that hogfish can not only change colour for camouflage but also use their skin to view their surroundings. Research published in the Nature Communications journal suggests hogfish can take a virtual “photo” of their own skin.…
The Marine Institute, in conjunction with the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI), Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA), Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) and Irish Farmers Association Aquaculture (IFA) is hosting the Shellfish Safety Workshop
The Marine Institute, in partnership with several Irish agencies, will be hosting the 12th Shellfish Safety Workshop at its headquarters in Rinville, County Galway, on October 17th, 2023. The workshop is open to those who work in shellfish aquaculture and…
File image of the RV Celtic Voyager docked in Galway
After 25 years in service with the Marine Institute, the RV Celtic Voyager is now going up for sale. The RV Celtic Voyager came into service in 1997 as Ireland’s first custom-built multi-purpose research vessel. It has been central to…
See the Clare coastline, from Carrowmore Point to Carrigaholt Bay, in unprecedented detail thanks to a new series of Maps that have been developed by INFOMAR. From Mutton Island to Georges Head, from Tullig Point to Loop Head and the Shannon Estuary, this new high-resolution map highlights the unique & intricate landscapes that lie beneath the waves
INFOMAR, a joint venture by the Geological Survey Ireland and the Marine Institute, has launched a collection of 18 high-resolution bathymetric maps of Ireland’s coastal waters. The Blue Scale Map Series is the culmination of over a decade of work…
Irish pelagic fishers and processors are joining an international scientific initiative to provide vital information which helps inform the management of Northeast Atlantic mackerel, one of Ireland’s most valuable species. BIM is working in collaboration with the Marine Institute and…
The first instalment of INFOMAR’s Bluescale Map Series is this  bathymetric map of Galway Bay
INFOMAR has launched its Bluescale Map Series — a collection that will comprise 18 high-resolution bathymetric maps highlighting the topography of Ireland’s coastal waters in unprecedented detail. The series is the culmination of over a decade of work and highlights…
Molecular mechanisms that allowed a type of tropical crayfish to become a global invasive species by adapting to colder water have been identified by scientists in Japan. The research is relevant to growing concerns about animal species colonising new habitats…
Marine Institute Student bursars got the opportunity to present their work and research completed during their Summer Bursary internship placements
The Marine Institute's annual Poster Presentation Day was held on Friday, 28th July 2023, where student bursars showcased their summer internship research. For the first time, the 20 students not only presented posters but also gave flash presentations to supervisors,…
Sea trout
A sea trout tagged as part of a collaborative project led by the Loughs Agency and the River Faughan Anglers has provided remarkable insights into the growth and behaviour of these elusive fish within the Lough Foyle system. The ‘Casting…
Participants in the commemoration of late marine scientist William Spotswood Green with Dr Kevin Flannery, after a plaque unveiling at his grave in Sneem, Co Kerry
A marine scientist who pioneered a salt fish industry which gave valuable coastal employment after the Great Famine has been remembered with a plaque in Co Kerry. William Spotswood Green “saved lives” from Mizen to Malin Head, according to Dr…
In her first year of operation, RV Tom Crean completed 296 survey days, welcoming 177 scientists across 20 surveys, totalling 2,060 scientist days
The RV Tom Crean, Ireland's cutting-edge research vessel, proudly celebrates its one-year anniversary since its arrival in Galway on July 18, 2022. During this eventful year, the vessel accomplished significant milestones. It completed 296 survey days, welcoming 177 scientists across…
Explorers teachers training in Waterford during 2022’s CPD programme
Over 75 primary school teachers took part in the Marine Institute’s Explorers Continuing Professional Development (CPD) marine-themed training courses this month. Across the five days of these courses, they learned the value of integrating marine themes in their teaching as…
Michael Gillooly is the Interim CEO of the Marine Institute
The Marine Institute is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Gillooly as Interim CEO. He takes on the position following the retirement of Dr Paul Connolly at the end of June. Mr Gillooly has worked with the Marine Institute…
Galway Statement 10 Year Celebration (L-R) Mick Gillooly, Interim CEO for Marine Institute; John Bell, Director for Healthy Planet, DG R&I, European Commission, Hein Pieper, Chairman of the Dutch water authority Rijn en IJssel, President of the European Union of Water Management Associations (EUWMA); Mairéad McGuinness, EU Commissioner for Financial Stability, Financial Services and the Capital Markets Union; Francois Houllier, President and CEO IFREMER; Steve Thur, Assistant Administrator for Research, NOAA; and Patricia Reilly, Chef de cabinet for Commissioner McGuinness; in Iveagh House, Dublin.
Yesterday, the Marine Institute, along with the Department of Foreign Affairs and the European Commission, co-hosted a high-level celebration in Iveagh House, Dublin, marking ten years of the Galway Statement - a decade of marine research cooperation across the 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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