Marine Institute Newport Facility in Mayo to host Open Day for all

Marine Institute, Newport, Co. Mayo23rd March 2023: The Marine Institute's Research Facility in Furnace, Newport, Co Mayo will open its doors to primary school students this month, and hold an Open Day for all on Sunday, 2nd April 2023 from 11am to 4pm.

Pupils from Primary Schools in Newport, Kilmeena and Achill, Co Mayo will visit the Marine Institute’s Newport Facility on 28th and 29th March 2023. The Marine Institute’s Newport Facility will then open its doors to all on Sunday, 2nd April offering visitors an opportunity to view the facilities in the Burrishoole catchment and learn more about the research taking place at the site. 

The Marine Institute’s Newport Facility forms one of the most effective natural laboratories for studying migratory fish in Europe. The facility has been in operation since 1955 and includes laboratories, a freshwater hatchery, fish rearing facilities, fish census trapping stations, a salmonid angling fishery and a monitored freshwater lake and river catchment. A range of cutting edge research is undertaken at the Newport Facility including genetics work across several species of salmon, sea bass, pollock and bluefin tuna, as well as research on catchment ecosystems events, climate change, oceanography and aquaculture.

Speaking about the event, Marine Institute CEO, Dr Paul Connolly said: “We are delighted to open our doors to our Newport facility for all to see the work that is being undertaken by scientists that not only contributes to national research, but also has international relevance.  The Marine Institute is responsible for supporting the sustainable development of Ireland's vast marine resource through coordinated and focussed research, the application of new technologies and by providing scientific knowledge, advice and services to government and industry. As part of its remit, the Institute strives to engage broader audiences to enhance Ireland's knowledge of our vast marine resource and the benefits and opportunities it affords us.”   

The options in maritime careers today are immense and the marine offers exciting future prospects within the associated industries. The Marine Institute Open Day is a great opportunity to find out more about the wide range of marine careers and to meet with various scientists, researchers, engineers and experts already working in the sector.  Visitors will have the opportunity to speak with researchers, scientists and staff at the Newport facility. A number of PhD candidates will also be available to talk to students about their subject choices and potential careers in the marine sector.

The Marine Institute will also have series of interactive exhibitions designed to introduce visitors to some of the innovative work of the Marine Institute in areas including research vessel operations and oceanography, as well as fisheries and the marine environment.  Children will also get the chance to see and touch some fish species that were captured during fisheries surveys on the RV Celtic Explorer and the RV Tom Crean. They will also be able to check out some fish species up-close in the aquarium displays, learn how to read a salmon scale and look through microscopes to see freshwater invertebrates.

For more information on the Marine Institute’s Newport Facility visit