Marine Institute Headquarters, Oranmore
Our research facility in Rinville Oranmore has 54 laboratories in two laboratory blocks. The modular design of the laboratories will allow each block to be modified as science evolves. Research and monitoring programmes carried out here include marine food safety, fish stock assessment, marine biodiscovery, fish health, aquaculture and oceanography.
The Marine Institute’s Library holds approximately 5,000 books in its collection, predominately relating to marine, natural and life sciences. It also holds microforms and electronic databases and provides access to online journals, reports and databases. The entire library collection covers aquaculture, aquatic biology, fish health, fisheries management, marine biology, marine ecology and pollution, marine policy, marine zoology (ichthyology) and oceanography, analytical chemistry, fisheries law, sediments and remote sensing. Another important element of our collection includes our unique Archive material which dates from c.1890.
The 'North Atlantic Drift Auditorium seats 147 and is used for national and international marine science conferences. It has full digital audio-visual television and stills projection controlled from a central console at the podium. It will be available to other public bodies for meetings or conferences and may also be used from time to time for outreach and education events open to schools and the local community.
The Marine Institute operates a high-definition Polycom HDX 7002XL IP-based video conferencing unit at our Oranmore headquarters, which has been provided by HEAnet. The unit can connect directly to other IP-based systems or alternatively using a HEAnet Video Conference Bridging service which allows the system to connect to multiple sites and to video conference systems that use different call formats (e.g. IP, ISDN etc).
The unit can be booked through the Service Desk or by emailing email@example.com.
Aquaculture & Catchment Management Facility, Newport, Co. Mayo
Based on the original Salmon Research Agency of Ireland laboratory at Furnace, Co. Mayo, this extended facility includes offices and laboratories supporting work on the Burrishoole fish counters and contains the longest unbroken record of salmon and eel migrations on any river in Europe.
National Research Vessels
The Marine Instutute manages the national research vessels RV Celtic Explorer (65m)and the RV Celtic Voyager (31.4m).
Ocean Energy Test Sites
The Marine Institute, in association with Sustainable Energy Authority Ireland, has established a 1/4 test site in Galway Bay for scaled prototypes of wave energy devices.