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Ocean Literacy Resources and Links

The Irish Ocean Literacy Network would like to thank everyone who has sourced, shared and provided links for resources. We look forward to working together for an Ocean Literate Society on the Island of Ireland during the Ocean Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development.

If you would like a resource added please email the IOLN; or

UNESCO Ocean Literacy Framework for Action 2021 – Download here

The Irish Ocean Literacy Network Youtube Channel, with members videos, short videos on Marine Education Programmes and presentations from Members Meetings.

Ocean Literacy Principles and Fundamental Concepts

There are seven Ocean Literacy principles which remain a work in progress; they reflect the gloabal efforts to date in defining ocean literacy.
The SEVEN principles of Ocean Literacy , images created by Garry Kendellen, Irish Ocean Literacy Network

Discover Primary Science & Maths

Welcome to the DPSM STEM Series, Science Week Special. In this episode, we explore Ocean Literacy with Galway Atlantaquaria. Learn about the species commonly found on Irish shores, food sustainability and what you can do to protect our oceans. Ocean literacy is defined as an understanding of the ocean’s influence on you, and your influence on the ocean. This is the first in a series to be launched by DPMS in 2021 – once completed, all episodes will be updated with pre-teach resources for teachers and worksheets for students/home schoolers. For more info. contact the Discover Primary Science and Maths team on or visit for more STEM resources. Check out Galway Atlantaquaria!… for more activities on ocean biodiversity, conservation and tides.

Explorers Education Programme – Ocean Literacy Planning Guide for Teachers

Ocean Literacy Resources and Materials

The Explorers Education Programme, funded by the Marine Institute. You can download a free Ocean Literacy planning guide for teachers produced by the programme here

Bord Iscaigh Mhara – SDG 14 Poster for Waste and Marine Litter

Marine Litter Checklist from Bord Iascaigh Mhara


Click on the image to follow the floats.

The Sea Change Project

Sea Change is an EU H2020 funded project that aims to establish a fundamental “Sea Change” in the way European citizens view their relationship with the sea, by empowering them, as Ocean Literate citizens, to take direct and sustainable action towards a healthy ocean, healthy communities and ultimately a healthy planet.

Education resources ( ocean literacy brochures and fact sheets, information on the connections between ocean and human health and a series of short videos that demonstrate how we can all make small changes in our daily lives to help protect the ocean

The Atlas Project

The EU H2020-funded project ATLAS focused on developing A trans-Atlantic assessment and deep-sea ecosystem-based spatial management plan for Europe ( As part of the Atlantic Adventures with ATLAS educational portfolio, the project developed a suite of learning resources designed to engage children and adults with the deep sea. The free resources include a downloadable cold-water coral reef survey mat, augmented reality colouring sheets, activity packs,  lesson plans and an ROV simulator game. Visit to download the free resources.

The Ocean Agency- provide FREE imagery to support ocean conservation efforts.

Ocean Agency diver in the ocean.
Click on the link to learn more about the Ocean Agency and its work.

The Oceanscape Portal


Oceanscape is an effort of the GEO Blue Planet Initiative to identify the numerous organisations (including projects, programmes, and other structures) working in the “ocean space”, and to clarify the connections between them (as well as identifying opportunities to make connections where none exist).

The Partnership for Observation of the Global Ocean (POGO), a founding member of GEO Blue Planet, is leading the development of the Oceanscape portal.  This portal, launched during Ocean Obs’19 in September 2019, is a community effort that aims to serve a variety of stakeholders:

  • the scientific community, who may not be aware of all the initiatives taking place in the “ocean space”, and who could benefit from identifying synergies, new collaborations and avoiding overlap or duplication;
  • NGOs, as well as the private sector, who may be looking for suitable organisations for collaboration;
  • governments and funding agencies, who may not have a clear picture of the “oceanscape” of organisations, what they are each doing and how they differ from one another.

UNESCO OCEAN LITERACY PORTAL (New Portal Currently in development 2020)

Ocean Literacy Portal

European Atlas of the Seas

The European Atlas of the Seas provides information about Europe’s marine environment. Users can view predefined and ready to use maps, covering topics such as naturetourismsecurityenergypassenger transportsea bottomfishing stocks and quotasaquaculture, and much more.

Users can also benefit from an enriched catalogue with more than 200 map layers, covering a wide range of topics, to explore, collate and create their own maps. These maps can be printed, shared and embedded in articles or presentations. The Atlas is the ideal tool for schools, researchers and professionals, or anyone wishing to know more about the European seas and its coastal areas.

Please note this is a heavy data site and may take time to load on mobile devices, for help on using the Atlas please go to; Help using Atlas

SmartBay Observatory Live Data from the Ocean

Tide image
Click on the image to see what lies beneath the waves.

The SmartBay Observatory is a national shared marine research, test and demonstration facility located on the seabed off the coast of Spiddal, Co. Galway.

The observatory facilitates the development of cutting-edge marine renewable energy and marine ICT products and services.

This is done through the trial and validation of novel marine sensors, prototype equipment and the collection and dissemination of marine data to national and international users of the facility. Follow the live feed here;

Smartbay Underwater Live Feed.
Infomar Interactive Maps and Resources

INFOMAR (Integrated Mapping for the Sustainable Development of Ireland’s Marine Resource) is a twenty year programme to map the physical, chemical and biological features of Ireland’s seabed. INFOMAR is funded by the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment (DCCAE), and delivered by joint management partners Geological Survey Ireland and the Marine Institute. The programme has placed Ireland centre-stage as global leaders in marine stewardship, seabed mapping and development of marine resources.

by Doug McKenzie-Mohr PhD

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Videos from our Network

Dr. Easkey Britton NUI Galway

A Lunar Cycle – Dr. Easkey Britton


Fusing cold water surfing, dance & poetry, Easkey Britton explores a synodic month from a female perspective. Taking us on an emotive journey through the places in-between, where instability reigns supreme. Embracing the imperfections as we connect with ourselves and the environment around us.

Winner Best Short Film – Shoreshots Surf Film Festival 2018
Winner Best Cinematography – San Diego Surf Film Festival 2018
Winner Best Cinematography – Richard Harris International Film Festival 2018
Winner Best Short Film – Save the Waves Film Festival 2018

Currently, Easkey is based at Whitaker Institute as a post-doctoral research fellow with the EU-Horizon 2020 project Seas, Oceans and Public Health in Europe (SOPHIE), a pan-European project exploring how to link oceans & human health research.

Social Media; Twitter handles: @easkeysurf, @OceansHealthEU Project website:

Ken O’Sullivan
REFLECTIONS – of an underwater cameraman

REFLECTIONS – of an underwater cameraman
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