Marine Institute celebrates UN World Oceans Day

Marine Institute celebrates UN World Oceans Day 2024The Marine Institute is proud to recognise the importance of the ocean surrounding our shores by celebrating UN World Oceans Day on Saturday 8th June 2024.

The United Nations World Oceans Day takes places on 8th June each year, and raises awareness of the major role the oceans play in our everyday lives, and our individual and collective duty to use ocean resources sustainably.

“Our oceans are a resource that we must manage and protect - they support diverse ecosystems, are a source of food, influence our climate and weather, and offer countless benefits to our health and wellbeing,” said Dr Rick Officer, CEO of the Marine Institute. “Ireland’s ocean economy employs about 33,500 people, helping to sustain coastal communities and marine and maritime industries such as fisheries, aquaculture, ports and shipping, technology, and tourism.”

Dr Officer added, “Ireland’s marine resources are central to many of the complex challenges facing society including achieving food and energy security, and adapting to climate change. At the Marine Institute, we provide the essential ocean science and knowledge needed to navigate these challenges, develop new opportunities, and protect Ireland’s vital marine resources.”

The Marine Institute is Ireland’s scientific agency responsible for supporting the sustainable development of the state’s maritime area and resources. The Institute conducts applied research and provides scientific knowledge, advice and services to government, industry and other stakeholders.

The theme for UN World Oceans Day 2024 is ‘Awaken New Depths’ which aims to build widespread appreciation for the ocean and awaken new depths of understanding, compassion, collaboration, and commitment for the oceans and all they sustain.


For more information, please contact:
Sinéad Coyne, Marine Institute e. m. +353 (0)87 947 7090
Sheila Byrnes, Marine Institute e. m. +353 (0)87 815 5271

About the Marine Institute
The Marine Institute provides government, public agencies, and the maritime industry with a range of scientific, advisory, and economic development services that inform policy-making, regulation, and the sustainable management and growth of Ireland’s marine resources. The Institute undertakes, coordinates, and promotes marine research and development, which is essential to achieving a sustainable ocean economy, protecting ecosystems, and inspiring a shared understanding of the ocean.