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Dr Niall Moloney of ATU Galway and the SFI aquaculture project
Researchers on technology for the rapid diagnosis of fish disease on aquaculture sites have been awarded Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) funding. A team led by Dr Niall Maloney of the Atlantic Technological University (ATU) and Prof Enda McGlynn of Dublin…
Dive instructor Aoibheann Gillespie Mules filming with the Swimming Head Productions team for the 'Fair Seas: The Atlantic Northwest' film
The Northern Ireland Inheritance Film Festival is set to feature the online premiere of 'Fair Seas: The Atlantic Northwest', a short film that showcases the perspectives of coastal communities from Donegal and Sligo who rely on the sea for their…
Minister for Heritage Malcolm Noonan said that “as living witnesses to a changing Atlantic, it’s crucial that we regularly and rigorously gather the science and present the evidence that tells us how our marine environment is doing, and that we do that in concert with our neighbours in the UK, mainland Europe and our Nordic and Icelandic partners”
The state of marine food webs is changing, according to the OSPAR quality status report for the northeast Atlantic. The report, published this week, highlights how a loss of marine biodiversity, pollution and climate change continue to affect the North-East…
11th Hour Racing Team crossing Cape Horn on Day 30 of Leg 3, 29 March 2023
Environmental DNA, known as eDNA — one of the most cutting-edge ways to measure ocean health and biodiversity — was collected during The Ocean Race 2022-23 in a world first for racing boats. 11th Hour Racing Team, winners of the…
Chief scientist Emmanuel Boss(left) and captain Martin Hertau on board the French research schooner Tara in Galway Docks
Tara is a 36-metre French-registered marine research schooner which has an “excellent chef” on board, according to chief scientist Emmanuel Boss. It has been commissioned by the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) for the Traversing European Coastlines (TREC) project, which…
The Joint Action ‘Ecological Aspects of Microplastics’ was launched as one of JPI Oceans’ pilot activities to study the sources, distribution and impact of microplastics in the marine environment. Since 2014, 15 European countries and Brazil have committed €18.2 million…
The French Research Schooner Tara
The impact of the current marine heatwave on Ireland’s coastline is being recorded by international researchers who are taking a “snapshot” of the European coast where land and sea meet. As The Irish Independent reports, the Traversing European Coastlines (TREC)…
The 10th EuroGOOS International Conference will be held in Galway this October
Galway, Ireland is set to host the European Global Ocean Observing System (EuroGOOS) 10th International Conference from 3rd – 5th October 2023. The conference, which is held every three years, aims to facilitate dialogues around best practices, share knowledge and…
Northern fulmar taking off from the water surface, Carrigfada Bay, Co Cork
Seabirds are targeting fishing boats far more often for food, a new international study involving University College Cork (UCC) scientists has found. UCC scientists worked with colleagues from Norway, Scotland and Iceland to track over 250 northern fulmars from across…
Matt Murphy, founder of one of Ireland’s longest-running coastal research stations at Sherkin Island
“A dream come true” is how Matt Murphy, founder of one of Ireland’s longest-running coastal research stations, describes publication of 35 years of key environmental data. Phytoplankton records for the south-west Irish coast dating back to 1980 have been published…
Dr. James Gahan
An Irish researcher working on small marine organisms has won a prestigious grant from the European Research Council (ERC). Dr. James Gahan, who will take up an associate professorship in chromosome biology at the University of Galway in 2024, is…
The grading was carried out for Friends of the Earth by experts who annually assessed the Government’s implementation of commitments in the Programme for Government
Water quality and the marine scored the lowest in a “report card” commissioned by Friends of the Earth on Government progress on its own climate and environmental promises. This year’s grading of “C plus” represents “moderate progress” and is a…
The Marine Institute’s headquarters in Rinville, outside Galway city
Marine Institute chemists who specialise in biotoxins have won a significant international sustainability award for their work. The Biotoxin Chemistry team who work within the Marine Environment and Food Safety Services (MEFSS) section of the Marine Institute were recently awarded…
File image of the ocean schooner Tara
Over the next two weeks, the Marine Institute will host a first-of-its-kind European science expedition when it makes a stop in Galway. The European Molecular Biological Laboratory (EMBL) is carrying out a pan-European census of coastal ecosystems and their response…
Archaeologist, author and academic Rose Cleary has dedicated 40 years of her life to unearthing, preserving and promoting the rich history and archaeology of County Limerick through her work at Lough Gur; the only site in Ireland where every age of humankind can be found. Rose is pictured with Professor Kerstin Mey, President of the University of Limerick and Mary Harney, Chancellor of the University of Limerick.
An archaeologist who has pioneered work at Limerick’s Lough Gur has received an honorary doctorate from the University of Limerick (UL). Rose Cleary was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science for her research over 40 years on the lake area.…
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…

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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