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Rare shark nursery discovered in deep waters west of Ireland

Discovery of a shark nursery 200 miles west of Ireland has been described as a ‘rare occurrence’. The discovery demonstrates the significance of documenting sensitive marine habitats and supports a better understanding of the biology of the animals and their ecosystem function in Ireland’s Biologically Sensitive Area.
Marine Spatial Plan for Ireland

Marine spatial plan for Ireland - stakeholders encouraged to engage

Stakeholders operating in Ireland’s marine waters are invited to participate in a public consultation (deadline December 14) that will inform the next steps towards a Marine Spatial Plan for Ireland
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Mussel seed extraction questioned metres from busy local harbour

Dredging for mussel seed in Dalkey Sound, in close proximity to a busy shoreline and harbour south of Dublin City, has been criticised by local stakeholders and the environmental watchdog, Coastwatch.
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Submarine canyon ten times higher than the Eiffel Tower

The Porcupine Bank Canyon is the westernmost submarine canyon on the contiguous Irish margin and exits onto the abyssal plain at 4,000m water depth. The upper canyon is full of cold-water corals that form reefs and mounds which create a rim…
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Harbours to benefit from State funding

Thirteen coastal local authorities are to receive €2.2m for development and repair projects at 52 harbours and slipways nationwide. The package will cover maintenance and repair works in addition to supporting development and enhancement of facilities and marine leisure initiatives.

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Kilmore Quay, Co Wexford to receive €48,750 towards harbour lighting and upgrade of electrical bollards at the marina 

Funding for State harbours is "essential" to the wellbeing of rural coastal communities, remarked Michael Creed, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine.

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Kelp harvesting protest taken to seat of government

Opponents to mechanical harvesting of kelp from Bantry Bay brought their concerns to Leinster House (March 7) to elevate their concerns for what they say would be a threat to the local economy and ecology of the area. Protest against mechanical…
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Mary Robinson to address Our Ocean Wealth Summit 2018

Former Irish President Mary Robinson is confirmed as the key note speaker at this year's marine summit in Galway, June 29&30.

Now in its fifth year, 'Our Ocean Wealth' forms a key part of Government's integrated marine plan Harnessing our Ocean Wealth and is a key event for the marine sector and related industries, offering a platform for discussion on the future of Ireland's marine sector. 

Lost Frontiers 2018

Lost landscapes of the Irish Sea

Scientists from both sides of the Irish Sea have completed a week-long expedition that explored extensive submerged landscapes been Ireland and Britain, and sampled sediment from 20 sites in Liverpool and Cardigan Bays. 

Lost Frontiers 2018

Scientific crew of RV Celtic Voyager, l-r: Dr Martin Bates; Rosie Everett; Eithne Davis; Dr C Richard Bates and Kevin Kearney

IT Sligo, University College Cork and the  Marine Institute joined the University of Bradford's 'Europe's Lost Frontiers' on board the Marine Institute's Celtic Voyager to study a 'palaeolandscape' of plains, hills, marshlands and river valleys 'in which evidence of human acivity is expected to be preserved', according to project team.

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Single-use plastics and fishing gear survey


E Commission logo rThe European Commission has published a stakeholder survey as part of a follow up to the EU Strategy on Plastics scheduled for adoption in January 2018. The objective is to provide input, opinions and data to prepare follow-up to the strategy particularly from single-use plastics and fishing gear.