Operational Programmes

By: Burrishoole  05/12/2011
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Operational Programmes are core functions of the Marine Institute which involve monitoring and research of the marine environment. The basic scientific aim of the various operational programmes is to measure, assess and build greater understanding of Irish marine ecosystems. This work includes regular monitoring of the interactions between the living and non-living marine resources. This task has been mandated under the Marine Institute Act, 1991 and is carried out to meet Ireland's obligations under a series of international treaties such as the Oslo Paris for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the North East Atlantic (OSPAR Convention, 1992) and the Rio Declaration of 1991.

The Marine Institute is committed to working with other Irish researchers to disseminate data and to build public awareness of marine environment issues. The Marine Institute is committed to working with other Irish researchers to disseminate data and to build public awareness of marine environment issues. The range of Marine Institute operational programmes include:

  • Marine Chemistry,

  • Phytoplankton Studies (a core element of the shellfish safety programme),

  • Benthic Monitoring (assessment of the impact of marine developments on the seabed ecosystems),

  • Sea Lice monitoring on marine fish farms,

  • Fish Stock Assessments for over 30 key wild fish species,

  • Fish Health Monitoring at shellfish and finfish farms

  • Oceanographic Surveys.

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