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Pictured at the announcement of the launch of the 2024  BIM Innovation Studio are, Left to Right: Jessica Giannoumis, Aquatech Community Manager, Hatch Blue; Richard Donnelly, Director of Development and Innovation, BIM; Wayne Murphy, Co-Founder of Hatch Blue; Caroline Bocquel, CEO BIM and Colm Lynch, CEO of Aquamonitrix, winner of the 2023 BIM Aquatech Business of the Year
Aquatech businesses are urged to apply for a new mentoring programme which Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) describes as “groundbreaking”. The sector has just attracted a €15 million investment from the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF), according to BIM. Minister for…
US Ambassador to Ireland, Claire Cronin (second from right) with (from left) the Marine Institute’s Fiona Grant, Dr Niall McDonough and Joe Silke during her visit to the institute’s Galway headquarters on Friday 5 April
US Ambassador to Ireland, Claire Cronin visited the Marine Institute’s national headquarters in Galway last Friday (8 April) to celebrated the strong ties in marine science and technology that exist between the two nations. The visit provided an opportunity for…
File image of Elephant Island off Antarctica
The Ocean Race is providing “critical” data to international scientists studying the impact of climate change and plastic pollution on ocean health. Following the 2022-23 edition of the round-the-world race — when all five IMOCA racing boats gathered over 4.3-million…
Humpback whale number HBIRL55 spotted off the Irish coast
The Marine Institute’s director of policy, innovation and research services is leading a new cross-national support group for Atlantic Ocean research and innovation. Through a large-scale basin effort, representatives of 16 organisations from 12 countries including Ireland have joined forces…
Marine Institute Year in Review 2023
The Marine Institute has published its Year in Review 2023, a snapshot of some of the organisation’s many highlights during what it says was a busy and productive year. Published on Wednesday (27 March), the 24-page document presents key achievements…
Kate Burns, a marine and rural resources expert and Managing Director of Islander Kelp Ltd has been appointed to the board of the Marine Institute
The Minister for Marine, Charlie McConalogue, has announced the appointment of Ms Pauline Cronin, Ms Kate Burns, and Prof. Tim McCarthy to the Board of the Marine Institute. The Minister said they have each been appointed for a period of…
A geographer has been awarded €300,000 in funding to lead the Irish stage of a European project aiming to boost the transformation towards a “climate neutral” blue economy. Dr John Morrissey, lecturer in geography at Limerick’s Mary Immaculate College, will…
Jennifer Coughlan of the UCD School of Biology and Environmental Science at the deployment of habitat units along the Great South Wall at Dublin Port
Dublin Port Company (DPC), in collaboration with University College Dublin (UCD), proudly announces a groundbreaking initiative aimed at enhancing biodiversity along the Great South Wall. This innovative project marks a significant milestone in the realm of eco-engineering, setting a new…
Students at ATU - MSc students Shanlle Gilkes (left) & Adara Jaggernauth (second from right) in ATU with Dr. Deirdre Brophy (Project Supervisor & MFRC Leader) and & David O’Sullivan, Our Shared Ocean Programme Manager
The Our Shared Ocean funding programme, designed to build strategic research partnerships between Ireland and Small Island Developing States (SIDS) has enabled two scholars from the Caribbean island of Grenada to enroll in Atlantic Technological University (ATU) Galway to undertake…
The EU wants to Improve the resilience and economic viability of its fishing fleet
The European Commission is seeking proposals to develop a fishing vessel equipped with alternative propulsion technologies and improved energy performance. The “demonstrator” vessel should foster energy transition in the fisheries sector, and has a budget of 2.2 million euro, drawn…
A computer-generated image of a  North Sea consortium working on a commercial-scale seaweed farm located within an offshore wind farm
Irish renewable energy developer Simply Blue has joined a North Sea consortium working on a commercial scale seaweed farm located within an offshore wind farm. The “North Sea Farm 1 Project” involves ten hectares of water off the Netherlands coast,…
Explorers Education Programme’s Wild About Wildlife on the Seashore logo
The Marine Institute has launched an updated edition of the Explorers Education Programme’s Wild About Wildlife on the Seashore workbook, which has also been translated into Irish, and is being used as a key teaching resource for student teachers at…
'A Climate-resilient Path for Ireland's Marine Protected Areas' - pictured are Jack O’Donovan Trá, Fair Seas Communications Officer; Dr Donal Griffin, Fair Seas coordinator; and Grace Carr, Marine Advocacy Officer for The Irish Wildlife Trust
Irish marine areas that can promote biodiversity in the face of worsening climate change have been identified in a new report by Fair Seas, a coalition of leading environmental NGOs and networks. The report commissioned research to determine the areas…
The Marine Institute’s new chief executive, Dr Rick Officer
Good news – there is a sustained trend towards improvement in fish stocks in Irish waters, the Marine Institute’s new chief executive, Dr Rick Officer says. Speaking to Wavelengths, he says “huge credit” is due to Irish fishers for weathering…
Chief Executive Officer of Loughs Agency, Sharon McMahon, welcomes Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, Andrew Muir to Loughs Agency
Northern Ireland's new Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, Andrew Muir, recently paid a visit to the Loughs Agency Headquarters in Prehen, gaining first-hand insights into the organisation's essential work. The visit was warmly welcomed by Sharon McMahon, Chief…
Cindy O’Brien of Abalone Chonamara Teoranta and Sinead O’Brien of Mungo Murphy Seaweed are participating in an international study on the “challenges and benefits of a nature-positive economy”.
A south Connemara abalone aquaculture farm is one of over 100 ocean farming and marine businesses across Europe participating in an international study on the “challenges and benefits of a nature-positive economy”. The Western Development Commission (WDC) and Trinity Business…

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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