Alarm bells are ringing for plants, algae and sea creatures stressed by the current heatwave in mudflats, shallow mudlat pools and coastal rocks where temperatures have exceeded 30C.
"While there isn't much we can do to help sea life, we have advice on how to avoid exasperating the situation, and we are asking people to record what is happening," says Karin Dubsky, Coastwatch European International Coordinator.
The Bathing Water Quality in Ireland 2017 produced by the Environmental Protection Agency has found that overall quality remains good with 132 of 142 identified coastal or inland waters meeting strict EU standards.
A two-year overdue River Basin Management Plan “falls far short” of what is needed to protect Ireland’s rivers, lakes and bays to bring them up to a healthy standard, according to the Sustainable Water Network of national and local environmental groups.
Parents and guardians of young people are being advised to especially supervise their children during this period of exceptionally cold weather.
"Stay off ALL ice," warns John Leech, chief executive of Irish Water Safety.
Children will be tempted to play on ice where water has frozen on canals, ponds, lakes and flooded areas.
Inland Fisheries Ireland has published 2018 stock managment plans for designated trout lakes. Stock management is undertaken to conserve wild brown trout in waters managed by IFI as wild brown trout fisheries. These waters are identified in the IFI's pike and trout management policies.
Launching the plan, Sean Kyne, Minister with responsibility for the inland fisheries sector said management of predator species was an "important element" of ensuring the preservation of salmonid species in the seven idenfitied wild brown trout fisheries.
The European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMMF) is backing research at NUI Galway and Athlone Institute of Technology to improve production efficiencies and management of farmed fish at freshwater sites in Ireland. The ‘ECOAQUA’ project, which is administered by BIM through the ‘Knowledge Gateway Scheme’ on behalf of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, has received almost €350,000.
The research programme aims to test and optimise innovative technologies and processes developed through the linked MOREFISH project.