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Lots of treasures and oddities found on Grattan Beach in Galway by Padraic Creedon and Anna Quinn of Galway Atlantaquaria with Cushla Dromgool-Regan of the Explorers Education Programme
The Marine Institute’s Explorers Education Programme team has joined marine scientists, teachers and educators across Europe and North America to hit the beach to celebrate World Cleanup Day, which took place this year last Saturday 19 September. During the month…
After 24 days in the Nordic and Greenland Seas to investigate past climate change in the Arctic region, scientist and crew on the RV Celtic Explorer returned yesterday (Afloat adds from Bergen, Norway) to the Port of Galway.
Scientists led by an Irish team on board the Marine Institute’s RV Celtic Explorer (returned yesterday) to the Port of Galway, after 24 days in the Nordic and Greenland Seas to investigate past climate change in the Arctic region. Scientists…
Dr Audrey Morley of NUI Galway on the CIAAN survey
An Irish-led team of marine scientists on board the RV Celtic Explorer returns to Galway Harbour today (Wednesday 16 September) after more than three weeks investigating historic climate change in the Arctic region. Scientists from NUI Galway, University of Southampton,…
GMIT’s Galway campus
SmartBay Ireland have collaborated with the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) to launch a new scholarship scheme for a candidate from the Connemara Gaeltacht to begin a Master’s research programme. Commencing in November 2020, the new programme aims to develop…
The survey aircraft is a white, twin-propeller plane (as pictured), which is easily identified by its red tail and black stripe as well as the word ‘SURVEY’
Ireland should have 75 per cent of its land territory mapped this year, according to the Geological Survey of Ireland (GSI). A low-flying aircraft will gather geophysical date over counties Laois, Tipperary, Kilkenny and Waterford, and neighbouring parts of Offaly,…
Irish Basking Shark Group drone cameras caught the rarely seen phenomenon off West Clare in mid August
Remarkable video of basking sharks engaging in what’s believed to be courtship behaviour has been captured by drone off Co Clare. As RTÉ News reports, members of the Irish Basking Shark Group (IBSG) shot the footage of nine sharks swimming…
A still from Ailís Ní Ríain’s video and sound composition East-West
An art project involving multiple collaborators and many years in the making will soon invite the public to connect, both in person and online, with one of the last unknown spaces on earth — the ocean wilderness. Aerial/Sparks was created…
In addition to the GreenNews.ie story below according to the BBC News an ocean-sieving expedition revealed 12 to 21 million tonnes of plastic fragments are suspended in the Atlantic ocean noting Plastics can take 'hundreds of years to degrade'. The expedition Afloat adds was carried out by the RRS Discovery operated by the UK's Natural Environment Research Council fleet will include the state-of-the-art polar research ship RRS Sir David Attenborough which was launched on Merseyside.
Oceans given human-induced change, writes GreenNews.ie, may have been affected as much as half of the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans, a new study has revealed. A new article in Nature Climate Change predicted through climate modelling that 20 to…
The USV Maxlimer was controlled remotely via satellite
An uncrewed research vessel has just completed a three-week mapping mission in the North Atlantic, as BBC News reports. The award-winning USV Maxlimer was controlled remotely via satellite for its mission to map an area of seafloor 1km below the…
‘Oceans Of Learning’ Now Featured By RTÉ Learn Online
RTÉ’s Learn web hub this week features content from the Marine Institute’s Oceans of Learning series. The selection of videos, interactive activities and downloadable resources explores Ireland’s marine resource — with research topics from food to biodiversity, climate change, shipwrecks…
The freshwater amphipod, Gammarus duebeni, is able to fragment microplastics
Small freshwater animals are breaking down microplastics into nanoplastic fragments which can enter the food chain, according to new research by University College Cork (UCC). In less than four days, the freshwater amphipod, Gammarus duebeni, is able to fragment microplastics…
Commentators have been saying for a long time that Ireland has “almost an embarrassment of riches, and a superb national challenge”
When Dr Kathy Sullivan (68) climbed out of a tiny submersible which had returned from the bottom of the Mariana Trench, none of the subsequent headlines were quite as clever as that “most vertical girl in the world” slogan coined…
A still from the new short film by the Marine Institute
A new short film comes with a message that we can all ‘sea’ the future of Ireland’s ocean wealth together. The video was launched by the Marine Institute as part of the final week of its Oceans of Learning programme,…
Marine researcheStaff from the SeaMonitor project getting ready to deploy equipment on the Marine Institute’s RV Celtic Explorer prior to lockdown. From left: Diego del Villar and Caroline Finlay (Loughs Agency), Nathan Glenn (Ocean Tracking Network), Morgane Pommier (Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology), Joseph Pratt (Ocean Tracking Network) and Ross McGill (Loughs Agency)
Important research that will help advance the management of our seas around Ireland, Western Scotland and Northern Ireland has not totally ceased during the coronavirus pandemic. The SeaMonitor project, which is led by the Loughs Agency and supported by another…
Oarweed found in Britain and Ireland is distinct from two other genetic groups in the North Atlantic, with closer relation to high Arctic kelp
Kelp found on the coast of Ireland may have survived some 16,000 years since the last ice age, scientists have discovered — and it could be crucial to understanding how marine plants deal with climate change long-term. According to AOL…
Dr Paul Connolly is chief executive of the Marine Institute
This week’s Oceans of Learning topic, the final one in the 10-week series from the Marine Institute, focuses on partnerships between marine science, industry and education and how these can help ensure a healthy and sustainable future for our ocean.…

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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