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Antarctica losing ice at an alarming rate

January 17th, 2019 Antarctica is losing ice at a far more rapid pace than over the last four decades due to rising levels of warm and salty ocean water, a new study has found. The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, suggests that sea levels may start to rise at […]

More action needed to properly tackle marine waste

January 15th, 2019 While welcoming a new scheme to encourage fishermen to clean up our seas, conservation groups have warned that much more is needed to tackle the level of waste produced by the fishing industry itself. Last week, the Minister for the Marine Michael Creed TD launched the Clean Oceans Initiative to encourage Irish […]

Large trawlers to be banned from coastal waters by 2020

December 21st, 2018 The decision from the Minister for the Marine to exclude trawling by large vessels close to the Irish coast has been welcomed as the “biggest step” ever seen in Ireland towards marine conservation. Earlier today, Michael Creed TD announced that from 1 January 2020 fishing vessels over 18 metres will no longer […]

Fears over State commitment to clean up contamination on Haulbowline Island

December 14th, 2018 The Government has been accused of forgetting about its commitment to complete an all-island clean-up of contamination from an old steel plant on Haulbowline Island in Cork Harbour. The concern from Friends of the Irish Environment (FiE) follows today’s visit from the Minister for the Marine, Michael Creed TD to the island. […]

Erosion threat at 30% of coastal sites surveyed, Coastwatch reveals

December 6th, 2018 A threat of erosion has been identified at 30 per cent of all coastal sites surveyed in 2018 by Coastwatch during its annual coastal survey. Presenting the preliminary findings of the survey at Trinity College Dublin this morning, Coastwatch coordinator Karin Dubsky said that erosion is a “really serious thing in terms […]

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Call for hefty fines on businesses found guilty of large-scale environmental contamination

November 10th, 2018 A Wicklow-based environmental group has called on the Government to bring in new legislation that would impose hefty fines on businesses found guilty of large-scale environmental contamination. The group’s appeal follows a recent plastic spill at Dublin’s Forty Foot. SIAC, the company responsible, was working on the redevelopment of Dún Laoghaire’s baths […]

Dredging works in the Bandon River Photo: Ecofact

Bandon flood scheme will lead to loss of precious natural amenity

September 19th, 2018 The Irish Wildlife Trust (IWT) has urged the Office of Public Works (OPW) to opt for more eco-friendly solutions for flood relief along the Bandon River. The appeal follows locals and environmentalists’ rebuke of OPW for its handling of the Bandon Flood Relief operation, which they believe has breached environmental standards. Some […]

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Irish waters can no longer be criminal playground, says MEP

September 7th, 2018 It is time for the Government to take a zero-tolerance approach towards illegal fishing by foreign vessels in Irish waters, an Irish MEP has warned. The call for a “serious crackdown” from MEP Liadh Ní Riada comes after the discovery of over a tonne of illegal shark fins aboard a Spanish-registered vessel […]

Signature Image of World Ocean Film Festival 2018 Photo: Eusebio Saenz de Santamaria

Ocean Film Festival to have first ever screening in Ireland

August 28th, 2018 The World Ocean Film Festival visits Ireland for the first time with inspiring movies to spread awareness and join all the ocean lovers in one event. The festival arrives in Dublin on 13 September with screenings set for the National Concert Hall and at The Everyman in Co Cork on 14 September. […]

Dredging works in the Bandon River Photo: Ecofact

The Bandon: A river under heavy construction

August 24th, 2018 For Simon Toussifar, the Bandon River is a link back to the past. The west Cork artery river, a significant source of Atlantic salmon, was a childhood fishing haunt for the keen angler. It has been some time, however, that Toussifar and other recreational fishing folk have been able to seek out […]