Marine Institute

News & Events Archive 2007

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December 18, 2007

Alien sea squirt could cause problems for Irish marine life

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December 14, 2007

Weather buoys record 17 metre offshore waves

December 7, 2007

Offshore waves in excess of 10 metres in height are predicted this Saturday evening (8th December) and Sunday morning (9th December) off the west coast of Ireland, due to the passing of an intense atmospheric depression.

December 7, 2007

Transition year students from Douglas Community College and Presentation College, Cork will today (5th December) get a unique insight into marine exploration with scientists from both the Marine Institute’s new Integrated Marine Exploration (IME...

December 4, 2007

On 30th November 2007, the European Union launched its second call for proposals for competitive research under the 7th Framework Programme (2007 – 2013).

December 1, 2007

Results from Ireland’s network of offshore weather buoys confirm the computer-generated wave forecasts by the Marine Institute and Met Eireann earlier this week for waves of up to 14 metres (45 feet) along the west coast of Ireland.

November 30, 2007

Ireland’s marine food industry received a €5.2 million boost today (Friday 30th November) with the announcement of a multidisciplinary research consortium involving universities on both sides of the border.

The Marine Functional Food...

November 29, 2007

Computer-generated wave forecasts by the Marine Institute and Met Eireann for this Saturday afternoon (1st December) predict that waves with a significant height of up to 14 m could occur in the seas to the west of Ireland (areas shown in red on...

November 26, 2007

Satellite tracking, online lesson plans specially tailored to the curriculum, and dialogue with ships at sea have replaced paper maps and coloured pins in a web-based learning package, designed to allow schools across the country to “navigate the...

November 8, 2007

Helen Boles, personal assistant to Dr. Peter Heffernan, CEO of the Marine Institute, has won the Training Education & Human Resource Personal Assistant of the Year category in Dublin today (November 8th). Helen, who also fulfils the roles of...

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November 5, 2007

Ireland consolidates its position as a viable international ship finance centre.

October 31, 2007

Ireland has established itself among the top fifteen international centres for the highly lucrative business of Ship Finance and Maritime Commerce. Since 2000, a number of Irish institutions have entered the ship asset and finance market, with...

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October 26, 2007

Five harbour seals were successfully tagged in Kenmare Bay, Co. Kerry last week by researchers from UCC, with assistance from the British Antarctic Survey, the National Parks and Wildlife Service and the National Trust.

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October 19, 2007

Two sustainable energy devices will soon be generating electricity from wave power in Galway Bay.

October 16, 2007

In April 2007, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), UK was awarded approval to undertake the Joint Irish Bathymetric Survey Project (JIBS) under the INTERREG IIIA Programme of work, with a grant aid of up to €2,133,508 under Priority 2...

October 9, 2007

Dr. Peter Heffernan, CEO of Ireland’s Marine Institute has welcomed the EU Commission’s Blue Paper: “An Integrated Maritime Policy for the European Union” which was launched today (10th October) in Brussels.

October 6, 2007

The Irish shipping passenger market continues to show steady signs of recovery, according to a mid-year analysis of sea passenger traffic carried out by the Irish Maritime Development Office (IMDO).
Mid year estimates for the first six...

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October 5, 2007

New EU Marine Research Projects Database Launched

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October 3, 2007

Joint report by Marine Institute, BIM and Udaras shows Irish fish farm production values rose by 13% in 2006

September 24, 2007

A major international workshop and foresight exercise – “Offshore Aquaculture in Europe-The ‘Next Steps’” ─ took place today (Monday 24th September) in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, to coincide with the World Seafood Congress. It was opened by Sean O’...

September 19, 2007

The Marine Institute today (19th September) welcomed the announcement of the Beaufort Marine Research Award winners – both as a major step to placing Ireland as a world-class player in marine science and as a pillar of the ongoing Sea Change...

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September 14, 2007

A meeting at the Marine Institute will advise Irish marine researchers & research teams on competitive marine research funding opportunities in 2008 under the EU 7th Framework Programme (FP7)2007-2013

September 13, 2007

A survey of Galway Bay’s seabed onboard the RV Celtic Voyager this summer has revealed, for the first time, the detailed seafloor and geology of the bay. It also confirmed the location of the Galway Bay Fault, a fault line in the North Sound...

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September 5, 2007

Extensive tests in severe sea conditions off the west coast of Ireland have proved Irish designed and built wave energy technology can generate a commercially viable source of electricity.

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September 3, 2007

If you are a third-level or public sector researcher, or a marine sector SME, thinking of submitting a proposal under the NDP (2007-2013) Marine Research Sub-Programme, here are dates for your diary

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August 29, 2007

A team of international scientists have succeeded in satellite tagging ocean sunfish off the coast of Dingle.

August 16, 2007

n exciting cross border project to investigate the lives of Dublin Bay Prawns gets underway today (Sunday 19th August) in a cross-border scientific project to use underwater television to survey valuable fishing grounds in the Irish Sea.

August 15, 2007

A team of PhD students studying with the Marine Biodiversity, Ecology and Evolution (MarBEE) Group at University College, Dublin are the winners of theSea Change “Bright Sparks Award”, designed to introduce budding scientists to the Marine...

August 7, 2007

A major international workshop and foresight exercise – “Offshore Aquaculture in Europe - ‘Next Steps’” will take place in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Dublin on 24th September this year, to coincide with the World Seafood Congress 07.

July 30, 2007

The first call under one of the largest marine research funding programmes in the history of the State was launched today (30th July) by the Marine Institute. It invites suitably qualified scientists and industry experts to tackle a wide range of...

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July 19, 2007

Marine Institute to host preliminary judging panel for the World Wildlife Fund SmartGear Awards

July 10, 2007

The INFOMAR inshore marine survey, which is being carried out in partnership by the Marine Institute and the Geological Survey of Ireland, is preparing for the first extensive survey of Galway Bay since 1850.

June 28, 2007

A team of Irish and UK Marine scientists discovered the cold water coral, Lophelia pertusa, in unexplored deep sea canyons 400km south of Cork on the edge of the European continental shelf during a recent MESH (Mapping European Seabed Habitats)...

June 27, 2007

Some 140 key industry players in the world of European transport and shipping have called for a cohesive and inclusive European strategy to address one of the major challenges facing their industry – congestion in European ports.

June 23, 2007

Dr. Peter Heffernan, CEO of Ireland’s Marine Institute chaired the final session of the EurOCEAN 2007 Conference on Friday 22nd June in Aberdeen, Scotland. The Conference was opened by EU Commissioner for Fisheries and Maritime Affairs, Dr. Joe...

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June 20, 2007

“Secrets of Ireland’s Seas” – An Post’s 2007 Educational Award Scheme has hooked a record 33,000 entries from schools all over the country, it was revealed at the scheme’s award ceremony last week.

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June 12, 2007

The highest resolution wave forecast available for Ireland – one kilometre resolution - is now available on where surfers, sailors, and fishermen can get wave forecasts from Donegal to Bantry Bay.

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June 11, 2007

The Marine Institute and Galway Atlantaquaria celebrated a scorcher World Ocean Day on Sunday (10th June) with a Pirate Party and other fun activities on one of the hottest days of the year.

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June 11, 2007

The Marine Institute will play host to a gathering of shark experts from around Europe next week. These experts are members of the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea's (ICES) Elasmobranch Working Group.

June 11, 2007

The National Research Vessel, the Celtic Explorer, arrived in Cork Harbour on Sunday June 3rd, just a day before the Cork City Marathon, at the end of another marathon leg of this years INFOMAR (INtegrated Mapping FOr the Sustainable Development...

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June 6, 2007

The Marine Institute takes great pleasure in hosting the Galway Science & Music School concert, "Music of the Sea" in aid of the Galway Lifeboat, at its Oranmore Headquarters on Wednesday 13th June at 8.30 p.m. Tickets should be purchased...

June 6, 2007

Marine Institute and Galway Atlantaquaria are joining forces to celebrate the World Ocean Day at Atlantaquaria in Salthill, on Sunday 10th June. A family fun day of events have been organised including Puppeteers, Children’s Art Competition,...

May 24, 2007

Dr. Peter Heffernan, Chief Executive of the Marine Institute was recently awarded the one of the highest honours that can be attained by scholars and scientists working in Ireland by being enrolled as a Member of the Royal Irish Academy.

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May 23, 2007

A new multibeam echo sounder has just been fitted on the RV Celtic Voyager. The Kongsberg Simrad EM 3002 was purchased by the Marine Institute for the INFOMAR (INtegrated Mapping FOr the Sustainable Development of Ireland’s MARine Resources)...

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May 23, 2007

The first leg of the 2007 INFOMAR survey was completed on May 15th, having covered an area of 2,899 km2 in water depths between 26 and 203 m, off the Dingle Peninsula since it began on April 17th.

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May 18, 2007

EurOcean 2007 - A unique opportunity to have your voice heard on EU Marine Science & Technology Policies

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May 16, 2007

Tá Foras na Mara ag lorg Aighneachtaí maidir le hullmhú na dréacht scéime ó aon pháirtithe leasmhara./The Marine Institute wishes to invite representations in relation to the preparation of a draft Irish Language scheme from any interested...

May 14, 2007

Galway Atlantaquaria and the Marine Institute are proud to join forces to celebrate the 14th annual international World Ocean Day with lots of Pirates enjoying a family fun day of events including Puppeteers, Children’s Art Competition, Spot...

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May 11, 2007

Closing Date for Submissions under the Marine Institute - DAF Marine Functional Foods Programme is May 30th

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May 11, 2007

The M4 Weather Buoy was moved from its position in Donegal Bay, 54 40N 09 04W, 44 nautical miles offshore to 55N 10W by the RV Celtic Voyager on the 3rd of May 2007. The buoy was moved to allow for a more representative picture of the wave...

May 4, 2007

Dr. Peter Heffernan, CEO of Ireland’s Marine Institute, today chaired a key European workshop on Marine Research and Innovation at an international conference in Bremen on the Commission’s Green Paper on a future Maritime Policy for Europe....

May 1, 2007

The Irish shipping industry continued to show strong growth in 2006, according to a report published today (1st May) by the Irish Maritime Development Office (IMDO) and presented at a special industry briefing at the Guinness Store House. The...

April 27, 2007

An ambitious joint venture to map Ireland’s most productive and commercially valuable inshore waters is now underway between the Geological Survey of Ireland and the Marine Institute. Covering some 125,000 square kilometres of underwater...

April 24, 2007

The €5.2 million Marine Functional Foods Research Initiative aimed at establishing Ireland as a leader in the $74 billion worldwide market for functional foods was announced today (24th April 2007) by Mr. Noel Dempsey, TD. Minister for Marine...

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April 19, 2007

The Marine Institute have recently secured funding through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to acquire a Deepwater ROV system.

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April 16, 2007

A new interactive temperature data web page has just been launched on the Marine Institute Web Site. It offers interactive search functionality, is graphically rich and gives access to temperature data from a network of temperature probes at...

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April 16, 2007

Dr. W R Turrell FRMS, Director of Fisheries Management and Marine Ecosystems Programmes, Aberdeen, Scotland will be presenting the 2007 Buckland Lecture - Climate Change and Scottish Fisheries. The lecture will be held at the Marine Institute...

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April 13, 2007

The Department of Communications Marine and Natural Resources is now inviting proposals for the new Beaufort Marine Research Awards. The awards aim to significantly develop overall research capacity particularly in priority areas of marine...

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April 4, 2007

Are you involved in Marine Postgraduate (PhD) Training or are you an employer of marine postgraduates? Then come along to the Hodson Bay Hotel, Friday 27th April for the Stakeholders Conference on the establishment of an Irish Marine Graduates...

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April 2, 2007

Mr. Noel Dempsey, T.D Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources today officially launched the Beaufort Marine Research at Beaufort College in Navan.

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March 28, 2007

A Marine Functional Foods Research Initiative funded by the Marine Institute and the Department of Agriculture and Food will commence in 2007 and make available €5.2 million to establish a new research consortium. The Terms of Reference and other...

March 13, 2007

Marine scientists from all over the world gathered in Dublin Castle on the 14th and 15th March to propose a common framework for mapping underwater habitats anywhere in the oceans and to reveal their findings to date as the result of the MESH...

March 6, 2007

An important Stakeholder Conference to discuss topics raised during the consultation process leading to a national position on the EU Green Paper "Towards a Future Maritime Policy for Ireland" took place on Tuesday 6th March in Dublin.

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February 21, 2007

The aim of this workshop is to communicate the results of the research activities that the Marine Institute and the EPA are supporting in the area of sensors and sensor systems for water quality monitoring.

February 21, 2007

Stakeholders, interested parties and members of the public are being offered the opportunity to input to the shape of a new European marine policy. This comes as an open invitation to complete a questionnaire based on the recent EU Maritime Green...

February 14, 2007

The Sea Change strategy aims to drive the development of the marine sector as a dynamic element of Ireland’s knowledge economy. It uses a series of carefully calculated possible scenarios for Ireland by the year 2020 to define global market...

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February 13, 2007

Announcement of Annual INFOMAR Workshop 2007

January 30, 2007

“The Maritime Green Paper represents a unique opportunity for all those interested in the marine sector to have their views considered. The Government’s new National Seafood Strategy, which will see a record investment of nearly €600 million in...

January 17, 2007

The Marine Institute, in collaboration with the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) and An Bord Iascaigh Mhara, today issued reassurance to Irish consumers that levels of potentially harmful contaminants in a variety of fish species and,...

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January 16, 2007

The Marine Institute special award in Biological and Ecological Sciences at the Esat BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition 2007 was presented by Dr. John Joyce, Communications Manager, to Ciaran Doyle, a senior student at Blackrock...