Major research in the Atlantic Ocean is helping to steer EU environmental policy – that’s according to Mairead McGuinness.

The Galway Statement was signed ten years ago to encourage European, US and Canadian scientists to cooperate.

Since 2013, more than one thousand research teams have come together to study new species, map the ocean floor and investigate climate change.

By 2030, the EU has pledged to “protect and restore the health of our ocean”.

Ireland’s European Commissioner, Mairead McGuinness, is a big advocate of the work being done. She says the research is achieving important results and influencing EU decision making on the marine environment.