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Celtic Mist Underway

Call Closed: Applied Marine Biological Sampling & Data Collection 2014

The module runs from the 29th of September to the 24th of October 2014 and features four days of intensive offshore training on the Marine Institute's RV Celtic Voyager and the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group's RV Celtic Mist in waters off Cork and in the Shannon Estuary. Seagoing surveys are supported by three days of preparatory laboratory practicals and lectures at Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT). All other elements of the module are accomplished through distance learning using online resources. Module participants receive advanced training in ship-based sampling and data collection, the rationale behind them and the underlying legislative and ecosystem imperatives. Topics addressed include:

  • Fisheries catch, bycatch and discard sampling 
  • Seabird surveying and recording
  • Visual and acoustic surveying and monitoring for cetaceans
  • Benthic sampling and preservation methods
  • Plankton ecology and oceanography
  • Tissue sampling
  • Data handling and storage

This intensive  CPD module is designed for graduates, researchers and marine industry and agency professionals who wish to gain practical skills and experience in offshore biological sampling and data collection.  Successful completion of assigned course work results in an award of 5 ECTS at NFQ level 9. Instruction is by key academic staff of GMIT, SMART and is supported by marine industry experts with extensive track records in the module topics. The module fee is €750.

Shipboard training and supporting laboratory practicals and lectures take place from Monday 29th September to Sunday 5th of October. All other elements are accomplished through distant learning.

Module pre-requisites are an honours degree in a marine science-related discipline, participation in  postgraduate studies or research, or a significant professional interest. Places are restricted to 20 and will be allocated on a first come first serve basis.

An application form for the module can be downloaded here.

A module descriptor with  instructor biographies can be downloaded here.

If you wish to circulate details of this module within your organisation a poster can be downloaded here.

To find out if this module is a good fit for your training requirements please email us at

Shiptime in the Shannon Estuary takes place on the Celtic Mist, the Research Vessel of the  Irish Whale and Dolphin Group with supporting data elements taking place in the laboratories of the Shannon Dolphin and Wildlife  Foundation at Kilrush.  

Shiptime for the Applied Marine Biological and Data Collection Module on the Celtic Voyager is carried out under the Sea Change strategy with the support of the Marine Institute and the Marine Research Sub-programme of the National Development Plan 2007–2013.