European Maritime Day

Each year, European Maritime Day is celebrated around 20th May to raise awareness about the seas and oceans and their importance to our environment, economy and culture.

In recognition of European Maritime Day, the Marine Institute and partners are celebrating our seas, our world’s shared ocean and our connection to the sea.

Our ocean is vital to life itself – it supports diverse ecosystems, is a source of food, and influences our climate, weather and our wellbeing. Our ocean has an important role in Ireland’s economy, providing employment in a number of areas of the marine sector – fisheries, aquaculture, ports and shipping, technology, tourism and seafaring.

To find out more, dive deep into the Oceans of Learning resources available below:


The 2020 European Maritime Day conference was to take place this May in Cork City, alongside Ireland's national maritime festival SeaFest. View the video message from Lord Mayor of Cork City, Councillor John Sheehan.