The Marine Institute wants to know what the sea means to you?

SeaToMe competition21 May, 2021: From sailors, surfers, scientists and seafarers, to those who prefer to wade in the shallows or watch the wildlife, our sea means so many different things to different people. As part of the Oceans of Learning campaign, the Marine Institute is celebrating our connection to the sea, and its importance to our lives with its 'Sea to Me' social media competition, offering some great weekly prizes inspired by our seas!

Patricia Orme, Joint Acting CEO of the Marine Institute said,
"With 1.9 million people in Ireland living close to the coast, the sea has an impact on all of our lives every day. Many people also rely on the sea for their livelihood, from fishing, tourism and transport to our seafood industry. To celebrate our connection to the sea, we are asking you to share what the sea means to you. Together, we can celebrate our seas and oceans and Ireland's valuable marine resource."

To enter the 'Sea to Me' competition, simply share 'what the sea means to you' on social media using the hashtag #SeaToMe. Draw a picture, take a photo, upload a video, make some music, share a photo from a past holiday by the sea or favourite place along Ireland's coast, or be inspired to write a poem, or quote about what the sea means to you.

The 'Sea to Me' competition is part of the Marine Institute's Oceans of Learning series, a collaboration with Ireland's marine sector to celebrate our seas and our shared marine resource. Over 4 weeks, we are sharing ocean inspired news and online interactives, videos and downloadable resources– from our rich marine biodiversity, to our changing ocean climate, and oceans future.

Through Oceans of Learning, the Marine Institute is working with Government Departments and organisations across Ireland including Bord Bia, Met Éireann, Irish Chamber Orchestra, Irish Naval Service, SEAI, NUI Galway, UCC, Maynooth University, Irish Whale & Dolphin Group, Codex beauty, Seavite, GOAL and the European Commission to celebrate and highlight the vital role our ocean plays in all of our lives.

For more information on Oceans of Learning and the 'Sea to Me' competition, visit

Follow #SeaToMe and #OceansOfLearning on the Marine Institute Facebook page @marineinstituteireland, Twitter @MarineInst and Instagram @marineinstiuteireland.

For inspiration check out some of last year's #SeatoMe competition entries.