Consultation process opens for Marine Protected Areas

19 August 2020  A consultation process for Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) has been announced by the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage and will be open until 18 September.  The announcement is in line with the terms outlined in the Programme for Government, which promised the opening of a consultation within its first 100 […]

Human-induced change could affect as much as half of the world’s oceans

18 August 2020  Human-induced change may have affected as much as half of the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans, a new study has revealed. A new article in Nature Climate Change predicted through climate modelling that 20 to 55 per cent of the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian basins would have an “emergent anthropogenic signal” in […]

Covid-19 spread threat through poor discarding of wet wipes

March 26th, 2020 The novel coronavirus could spread to our recreational waters due to the improper disposal of wet wipes, a marine conservation group has warned.  Coastwatch issued the warning this week as many use wet wipes as a way to keep infection at bay as the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes the disease Covid-19 continues […]

Cork county council to remove oil drums from grounded ghost ship

February 24th, 2020 Cork County Council is preparing to remove materials from a grounded ghost ship that could pose a pollution risk by helicopter on Tuesday. The council is preparing to airlift barrels of machine oil from the abandoned cargo ship stranded on rocks near Ballycotton in east Cork as part of its pollution mitigation […]

No impact on protected nature area from Cork shipwreck, says Council

February 17th, 2020 Cork County Council has said that there are no signs of contamination to the protected Ballycotton Bay as a result of yesterday evening’s wreck of an abandoned cargo ship off East Cork. The vessel was abandoned since September 2018 and was drifting across the Atlantic until it was grounded in Ballycotton during […]

Ministers ignore EU legal deadline to ending overfishing by 2020

December 18th, 2019 EU fisheries Ministers have agreed to set various fisheries quota levels above scientifically suggested levels and will fail to meet their own legal deadline to end overfishing by 2020. The EU AGRIFISH Council meeting closed in Brussels this morning following all-night negotiations as is typical in recent years, with the need to […]

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Irish water quality deteriorating across the board, EPA warns

December 10th, 2019 The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has warned that the overall quality of Ireland’s lakes, rivers and estuaries is deteriorating, reversing all gains achieved in recent years. The EPA’s latest Water Quality report describes the quality of water in half of our river resources as “unsatisfactory”, while the number of pristine river sites […]

Environmental activists call for end to overfishing

December 9th, 2019 Protesters gathered in Dublin today to demand that the Government ends overfishing in Irish waters ahead of key fisheries quota negotiations in Brussels next week. Members of Extinction Rebellion Ireland and the Irish Wildlife Trust held a demonstration outside the gates of Dail this afternoon that recreated a fishing harbour with twelve-foot […]

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High Court grants razor clams dredging injunction

September 30th, 2019 The High Court has granted an injunction on dredging for razor clams in the Waterford estuary pending a full hearing over the matter early next year.   The decision was made following a challenge from the environmental group Coastwatch to a decision to open a razor clams fishery in the estuary without […]