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EU commits to foster healthier, cleaner, and more secure seas

October 10th, 2017 The EU Commission has announced €550m in funding for initiatives to tackle global oceans challenges at the EU-hosted Our Ocean Conference 2017  in Malta last week. Thirty-six commitments were made, which the Commission said will intensify EU efforts towards reducing marine pollution, …

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New fisheries declaration to control activity in Natura 2000 sites

 September 28th, 2017 Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed T.D, has introduced a new Fisheries Natura Declaration to regulate fishing activities affecting Natura 2000 sites. Effective 30th November 2017, the use of dredge and trawling gear for scallop fishing will be restricted …

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European Parliament votes on North Sea fishing regulations

September 14th, 2017 The European Parliament today voted to give the green light to plans that could end overfishing in the North Sea and ensure more secure livelihoods for fishermen. MEPs voted in Brussels today in favour of a strong North Sea multi-annual plan (NSMAP) …

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Water supplies to 700,000 consumers not meeting public health standards

September 12th, 2017 Water supplies to over 700,000 consumers require improvements to meet public health standards, a new report from Ireland’s environmental watchdog has revealed. The EPA’s Drinking Water Report 2016, published today, also indicates that Trihalomethanes (THMs), lead, and pesticides continue to be the …

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Coastwatch Seeks Volunteers For 30th Annual Coastal Survey

September 11th, 2017 Leading marine NGO Coastwatch are looking for volunteers to get involved in its annual international citizen science campaign, the Coastwatch shore survey. Currently celebrating its 30th year, the survey was first designed and run in Ireland in 1987. It now runs across …