Minister for Energy and Natural Resources Alex White, who said the marine renewable energy sector could support vital job creation in Ireland over the coming decade. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Ireland has the potential to become the focal point of the international marine renewable energy sector, which could be worth up to €9 billion by 2030(...)

What chance an Irish tsunami? Illustration: Michael Viney, with apologies to Hokusai

When I look at the Marine Institute’s Real Map of Ireland I still wonder at our nerve in casting a boundary around such a great wedge of Atlantic seab(...)

Minister for the  Marine Simon Coveney says  there is great potential for all types of aquaculture around Ireland’s coast. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Six hundred applications for fish farm licences are under consideration by Minister for the Marine Simon Coveney. He said he anticipated “significant (...)

Water pollution: a plastic bag and a lionfish. Photograph: Thinkstock

Scientists recovered tiny plastic fibres in edible mussels taken from the wild and from supermarket shelves in Belgium last summer. The shellfish f(...)

Minister for the Marine Simon Coveney said the cuts in the white fish quotas were ‘unacceptable’. Photograph: Alan Betson /The Irish Times

Environmental groups have criticised Minister for Marine Simon Coveney for his opposition to many cuts proposed by the European Commission as part of (...)

The Marine Institute headquarters

Irish marine researchers have multiplied their normal EU support for “blue growth” projects, according to the Marine Institute. Irish projects have (...)

The Marine Institute has said 2014 has been a ‘challenging’ year for controlling sea lice on fish farms. File Photograph: Getty Images

The Marine Institute has said 2014 has been a “challenging” year for controlling sea lice on fish farms.Levels had been “very high” on certain sites, (...)

Minister for Marine Simon Coveney who is developing the Harnessing Our Ocean Wealth strategy for the marine sector. Photograph: The Irish Times

The Government’s prioritisation of the “blue economy” in the budget has been welcomed by those working on marine research and ocean energy projects.Mi(...)

Seabed survey carried out by the Geological Survey of Ireland in 2012. Data shown here vertically exaggerated four times to highlight features.

Inishbogfin islanders know the shape of their coastline from Admiralty charts, but new images show the exact size of the Connemara seascape.A “real ma(...)

Labour Party Galway West TD Derek Nolan claimed yesterday  a proposed 15,000-tonne “organic” fish farm in Galway Bay “carries too many risks”. File photograph: Getty Images

Minister for Marine Simon Coveney has come under increased pressure to refuse a licence for the proposed 15,000-tonne “organic” fish farm in Galway Ba(...)