Marine Institute

About the Interactive Marine Archive

Welcome! Come take a deep dive with us into the ancient world of Irish Fisheries.

This data represents a time in Ireland where our seas were teeming with fish shoals, basking sharks and marine organisms. This dataset is a publicly available heritage series which contains information the pre-exploitation state of Irish fisheries from 1852 to 1987.

These books could be used to look at how Ireland fisheries economics functioned, or at fish species in Ireland or in the creation of models of Ireland's fish populations.

The Scientific Investigation time series (1901-1926):This series contains papers and journal articles of new scientific discovery. Learn about how Maude Delap closed the life cycle of the jellyfish or the deep-sea documentations of Anne Massey.

 The Sea and Inland Fisheries Scientific Reports (1852-1987): Time series consisting of books published yearly, including important baseline fisheries data collected in Ireland from 1852 to 1987, along three precursor monographs from 1839, 1846 and 1849. This data show what fish were being taken from our seas, where they were landed and their values at market. It also covers any novel information for the years for example casualties, boat licenses and other exceptional industry news.

(The Sea and Inland Fisheries Scientific Reports and Investigations are two heritage time-lines detailing Ireland's fisheries and habitat data. The time series were digitised and made publicly available at under EMFF European Funding)