The marine environment constitutes two-thirds of our planet, contains 90% of the biosphere and is essential to life on earth. Along with being an important factor in social well being it plays a key role in economic prosperity. Ireland’s marine area is ten times that of the land area of the country; the country’s location and extensive marine resources represent a unique asset. However human activities are exerting increasing environmental pressure on the oceans; in particular, the growing demand for maritime transport, offshore energy, coastal development, fisheries and aquaculture pose a major threat to this environment.
The Environmental Research Institute has substantial expertise and resources in marine research including marine renewable, aquaculture, fisheries, coastal and marine systems, geomatics, earth observations, marine governance, and marine ecology.
There are a range of active research groups within our Marine platform, the Fish Ecology and Evolution in dynamic ecosystems Group (FishEyE) are a collaboration of scientists from different Institutes (Marine Institute) and Universities (University College Cork, University of Glasgow and Queens Belfast) working together to answer a number of important ecological and evolutionary questions in freshwater and marine ecosystems. The Fisheries and Aquaculture Group encompasses a wide range of species of commercial importance in Europe through the hatchery and ongrowing stages of culture. The Marine Biology Group explores the world of marine birds, mammals and other sealife with researchers based in the School of Biology, Ecology, Earth and Environmental Sciences as well as in the MaREI Centre for Marine and Reneweable Energy, home of the Marine Ecology Group. The newly launched Freshwater Biology Group, based in the School of Biology, Ecology, Earth and Environmental Sciences focuses on the quality and ecology of our freshwater ecosystems.