The SmartBay Observatory in Galway Bay is an important contribution by Ireland to the growing global network of real-time data capture systems deployed within the ocean – technology giving us new insights into the ocean which we have not had before.
The observatory was installed on the seafloor 1.5km off the coast of Spiddal. The observatory uses cameras, probes and sensors to permit continuous and remote live underwater monitoring. This observatory equipment allows ocean researchers unique real-time access to monitor ongoing changes in the marine environment. Data relating to the marine environment at the site is transferred in real-time from the SmartBay Observatory through a fibre optic telecommunications cable to the Marine Institute headquarters and onwards onto the internet. The data includes a live video stream, the depth of the observatory node, the sea temperature and salinity, and estimates of the chlorophyll and turbidity levels in the water which give an indication of the volume of phytoplankton and other particles, such as sediment, in the water.
The 2018 seminar will be held in Kinsale, west Cork on November 8th-9th and hosted at the Trident Hotel.
The seminar presents an opportunity to learn about the INFOMAR programme and promises a series of engaging presentations and discussions on the latest in Irish marine research, seabed mapping techniques and our survey progress this year in an informal environment.
This years Agenda will focus on the application of INFOMAR data across a number of different sectors including industry, fisheries and policy.
The seminar is a free open event. Please register using the following link: BOOK HERE
Clean Coasts together with Irish Water are launching the third year of the Think Before You Flush campaign as the utility reveals that there has been an estimated 4,600 sewer blockages across the country this year due to inappropriate items being flushed down toilets.
When the 3 Ps (pee, poo and paper) are flushed down the toilet they travel along the sewer network to wastewater treatment plants. However, every day people flush thousands of items such as wet wipes, cotton bud sticks, nappies and cotton wool pads down the toilet instead of putting them in a bin. Flushing these items can have a negative impact on internal plumbing in homes and businesses, the wastewater network and our marine environment.
This year, 15 communities across the country have been selected to become Think Before You Flush Communities. Clean Coasts together with Irish Water will be delivering educational workshops in schools; promoting the campaign at festivals and community events; and working with local businesses to help to raise awareness and provide advice.
Speaking about the campaign Corporate Affairs Manager of Irish Water and Engineer Kate Gannon said, “Irish Water is delighted to partner with Clean Coasts on this important educational campaign. Irish Water estimate that there have been over 4,600 sewer blockages across the country this year already. The size and scale of the impact of flushing the wrong items down the toilet is incredible.”
“Irish Water is investing in wastewater infrastructure right across the country. We are building new wastewater treatment plants, upgrading old plants and laying new sewers. However, it is still really important that people recognise the impact of what they flush so the network can function efficiently and effectively. Placing a bin in the bathroom and disposing of sanitary items safely and appropriately has a hugely positive impact on the network and the environment.”
Speaking about the campaign; Sinead Mc Coy, Clean Coasts Manager added, “Sewage related litter is one of the categories of waste we find on our beaches however its presence is preventable through some simple measures. Through this campaign we are working with Irish Water to change the nation’s flushing behaviour which will make a difference to our coastal environment.”
Culture and Conservation – bringing a deeper human dimension to zoo education
Zoo and aquarium educators have the privilege of reaching thousands of people with exciting and interesting stories about the fascinating plants and animals that we share our planet with. Since the start of zoo and aquarium education we have focused largely on our content – our animals and plants, nature in general.
The theme for IZE 2018 is Culture and Conservation – bringing a deeper human dimension to zoo education. This theme has been selected to encourage us all to now look more carefully at our visitors, the people who we are talking to. The theme encourages us to think about our audience first – who are we talking to, what motivates them, interests them and will support their behavior changes.
The way I picture it is……for a long time we have stood at our zoo / aquarium gates, faced inwards towards our exhibits and thought about what we can tell people about our wonderful environment. This theme suggests that we turn around, face our visitors and work out what will interest them and motivate them to care for our environment.
The Irish Ocean Literacy NetworkThe Irish Ocean Literacy Network had their network meeting in the wonderful Athlone Campus, Dr. Declan Devine and Dr. Ian Major were wonderful hosts and made the network feel so welcome.
The steering group had a brief meeting before joining the network for the INSPIRE presentation.
The full presentation will be made available soon, but it was a very interesting discussion about plastic.
The network members come from a range of backgrounds and it was great to be in a room with people dedicated to our ocean. All members have a voice and our goals all link towards developing ocean literacy on our island.
In the next few weeks our work will be focused on adding new members to the group, so if you are interested in the ocean and would like to learn more about the network why not join us at the next meeting in January? Its a great networking opportunity and we would love to hear from you. Email us today and find out more.
A Science@Sea course in multidisciplinary marine science will take place on the 7th and 8th of November in Cork Harbour and its approaches. This intensive two-day Continuous Professional Development (CPD) course aboard the RV Celtic Voyager is aimed at postgraduate and graduate students of marine-related sciences, technologies and engineering, as well as researchers, industry professionals and educators.
We are looking forward to meeting everyone to our Irish Ocean Literacy Network meeting. There will be a steering group meeting in the morning. The INSPIRE talk at 11am is a great opportunity to meet members and possibly join the network.
Please RSVP if you would like to attend email; RSVP us
SPECIAL INSPIRE talk on Plastics and Compostable Products by Dr.Declan Devine & Dr. Ian Major Inspire Project : researching more environmental friendly materials /plastics “Used food packing is often difficult to sort and clean, and that’s if it’s a simple one plastic sheet or container. The use of multiple plastics in the same film adds complexity to this process. Combined with the prohibitive cost, this can make recycling uneconomical. Through INSPIRE, we’ll create special compostable plastic that can be disposed of in the brown food waste bin. This will help create a circular economy that will reduce the quantity of plastic ending up in the landfill or the sea.”
CÚRAM, the Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre for Medical Devices at NUI Galway, are teaming up with the National Aquarium, (Galway Atlantaquaria) to showcase the science behind the shores of Galway Bay for Culture Night 2018. The event, ‘Sea-search: Marine Inspired Research’, will take place in conjunction with both Culture Night and Galway's first ‘Loving Galway – Celebrating our Green and Blue Spaces’ festival at Galway Atlantaquaria on Friday the 21st of September.
The Seasearch event will be an interactive, educational science investigation of the links between marine science and biomedical science. Researchers taking part in the event will talk about a range of research across these two fields currently underway in Galway, from microplastics and animal regeneration, to drug delivery and barnacle inspired glues!
The walk through the Salthill seascape will be followed by a trip to the Galway Atlantaquaria to learn about how marine life has inspired modern advances in medicine and technology.
Participants will meet at 5:45pm on Grattan beach.
Sea-search is an ideal family event where participants of all ages get to experience the worlds of medical and marine science and discover amazing facts and experiments designed to inspire the next generation of ‘Sea-searchers’.
All events are free for the public to attend, although parental or guardian guidance is required.