INFOMAR’s 2022 survey program in the Celtic Sea, Atlantic Ocean and Irish Sea begins next month

INFOMAR will conduct a program of hydrographic and geophysical surveys in the Celtic Sea, Atlantic Ocean, Irish Sea and western coastal areas between March and November this year.

Covering some 125,000 km2 of underwater territory, INFOMAR (Integrated Mapping for the Sustainable Development of Ireland’s Marine Resource) aims to produce integrated mapping products covering the physical, chemical and biological characteristics of the seabed.

Following on from last year’s surveys, the 2022 operation will involve research vessels from Geological Survey Ireland (Keary, Geo, Lir, Galtee and Mallet) and the Marine Institute (Celtic Voyager and either the Celtic Explorer or the new RV Tom Crean) in various surveys.

All vessels will display appropriate lights and beacons and listen on VHF channel 16 throughout the survey.

The Marine Institute vessels will also each tow a magnetometer sensor with a single cable up to a maximum length of 200 meters and a mobile vessel profiling cable of variable length up to a maximum of 200 meters.

Further details – including contact details, maps and contact details – can be found in Marine Notice No 11 of 2022 which is attached below.

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