RV Celtic Voyager CV20028
|Ship name (ship code)||RV Celtic Voyager (45CV)|
|Cruise period||2020-02-28 — 2020-03-06|
|Port of departure||Greencastle, Ireland|
|Port of return||Greencastle, Ireland|
|Objectives||INTERREG SeaMonitor Survey
The Marine Institute was recently successful in securing over €1 million in funding in an INTERREG VA Ireland, N. Ireland and Scotland call resulting the formation of the Sea Monitor project.
The INTERREG VA SeaMonitor project is a novel and comprehensive project focussing on a wide range of issues across the Programme Area (Scotland, Ireland and N. Ireland). It will directly deliver the INTERREG V objective of developing cross-border capacity for the monitoring and management of marine protected areas and species. It will result in a corresponding increase in cross-border monitoring and management capacity. This will facilitate the development and growth of a regional 'blue economy' based on its maritime resources and the alignment of regional activities with the EU's Atlantic Strategy through the potential of e.g. developing and strengthening the growth of marine tourism, providing management plans and enabling sustainable development to occur in often sensitive environments.
The project will deliver 5 models, 3 management plans/groups and extend the INTERREG VA COMPASS network of buoys from the east coast of the Island of Ireland to the North, establishing a physical connection of acoustic receivers between the Island of Ireland and Scotland thus providing a tangible monitoring network to the INTERREG programme.
SeaMonitor has been jointly developed by all the partners and will be jointly implemented with partners working together across a range of activities. SeaMonitor will establish a network of buoys for regional seas, including telemetry and oceanographic monitoring (e.g. for seals, cetaceans and salmonids).
|Chief scientist||Niall O'Maoiléidigh (Marine Institute Galway)|
|General||North East Atlantic Ocean (limit 40W)|