24th March

Primary school curriculum to include marine studies

'Leave No Trace - the outdoor ethics programme designed to promote and inspire responsible outdoor recreation through education, research and partnerships - has teamed with the Marine Institute's 'Explorer's Education Progamme. 

MI Explorers Education Programme

A new module in the 2016 programme - 'Leave No Trace in the Marine Environment' - for primary school children in south Mayo, Donegal, Sligo, and Kerry, will teach how to protect local marine environment, through classroom saltwater aquariums, seashore safaris, and marine projects and workshops.

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'Blue society' requires education, communication and awarness to deliver

EU decision-makers and stakeholders gathered in the European Parliament last November to discuss the project, Sea for Society, and the ‘blue society’ concept, which envisions a new governance model aimed to make the ocean an integral part of society. Hosted by Ricardo Serrão Santos MEP and Co-Chair of the Working Group, the Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services conference concluded with recommendations to further promote and implement a blue society.

Blue Society

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Stakeholders also endorsed the concept by signing the Blue Society Stakeholder’s Commitment, advocating the transition towards a ‘blue society’. Ricardo Serrão Santos MEP presented the outcome to the stakeholders whoincluded policy-makers, the scientific community, youth organisations, and outlined the recommendations of a three-year ‘mobilisation and mutual learning action plan’, funded by the Commission/DG Research & Innovation FP7.

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Cork school named 'Something fishy' winners 2015

Fifth and sixth class students from St Mary's Senior School, Dunmanway, Co Cork, have been crowned national winners of the Inland Fisheries Ireland Something Fishy competition. 

Something fishy competition 2015

Jim Daly TD and Noel Harrington TD present the perpetual Something Fishy award to St Mary's Senior School

The students received the award and a €700 prize for their project, The Wonderful Water Kids Show, comprising a digital and artistic video interpretation of this year's themes, 'Water a Precious Commodity' and 'Water Quality and the Environment'. School Principal, Mairead Twohig, accepted the award  on behalf of the students.

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Learning about the environment through storytelling

An NUI Galway Ryan Institute project will see 20 children’s books, written and illustrated by this year’s sixth class students of Galway Educate Together National School, reach global audiences through the EcoScience Writers in Schools project.

EcoScience Writers

The cover of Dolphin’s First Day, designed by sixth-class students of Galway Educate Together National School

The goal of this unique project is to create a set of fun and informative teaching resources by supporting the students to write a story for their younger peers on an environmental subject of their choosing. The class wrote about creatures of the North Atlantic Ocean, incorporating facts into their fictional prose in a way that was both entertaining and educational.

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Described by Joyce as ‘snot green', just how green in the sea?

The 70ft classic steel schooner, Spirit of Oysterhaven, is sailing around the island of Ireland throughout the summer (weather permitting) and is participating in the international Citclops Citizen Science Seawater Project.

In late June on sunny day, the crew of three and 10 teenage trainees set sail from Drogheda, Co Louth, bound for Cobh, Co Cork. Discussing the sea beneath the vessel the consensus was that the water was ‘cold, quite clear and bluish, blue green, or greenish’.

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Trainees onboard Spirit of Oysterhaven with iconic Fastnet Lighthouse in the background

A new Citclops app (www.citclops.eu ) and Coastwatch methods were tested to give more precise observations. Jonno lowered a white Secchi disc into the water on a long rope which sank two metres and disappeared from sight.

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