The Marine Institute's Research Facility in Furnace in Newport has had its doors open to primary school students this week, and will hold an Open Day this Sunday from 11am to 4pm.
Students have been taking to scientists and viewing the freshwater hatchery and fish rearing facilities on site..
The Open Day at Newport Catchment Facility on Sunday offers an opportunity for visitors to view the facilities in the Burrishoole Valley and learn more about the research taking place at the site.
A range of cutting edge research is undertaken at the facility including genetics work across several species of salmon, sea bass, pollock and bluefin tuna, as well as research on catchment ecosystems events, climate change, oceanography and aquaculture.
Visitors will have the opportunity to speak with researchers, scientists and staff on Sunday. A number of PhD candidates will also be available to talk to students about their subject choices and potential careers in the marine sector. There is also the chance to visit the manual weather station and see the instruments used to collect daily data for Met Éireann.
The Marine Institute’s Newport Catchment Facility forms one of the greatest natural laboratories for studying migratory fish in Europe.
For more information on the Marine Institute’s Newport Catchment Facility visit marine.ie