New marine plan will eliminate foreshore and planning duplication

An inter-departmental draft statement on a marine policy for Ireland is a ‘true recognition of the importance of a fully-integrated marine planning system’.
Bantry Bay foreshore licence map of mechanical seaweed harvesting site

High Court rejects mechanical kelp harvesting injunction

Ms Justice Deirdre Murphy of the High Court has declined to grant an injunction that would block extraction of mechanical harvesting of seaweed in Bantry Bay. BioAtlantis Aquamarine Ltd, a Tralee-based biotechnology company, has received a foreshore licence from the Minister for Housing to harvest more than 1,860 acres.

Former US state secretary to address ocean summit

Keynote speakers at Our Ocean Wealth 2019 conference (June 10) lead by former US Secretary of State John Kerry will discuss climate change and outline actions required to sustainably and effectively manage our oceans.
2018 plastic pollution

Is recycling plastic contributing to marine litter?

A report from the Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF) reveals that efforts to recycle plastic are 'a major cause of the marine litter problem'.  Instead it asks: 'What if we designed products that we can reuse, refurbish and repair'.
Sandycove, Co Dublin, a popular beach and swimming area for Dubliners

Swim in safety during new moon phase

Water Safety Ireland is appealing to people to swim at lifeguarded waterways this weekend as the risk of drownings is higher due to a new moon and cool waters. A new moon is not night; it is not in the sky at night as it rises and sets with…
Baily Lighthouse, Dublin, to go blue on World Oceans Day, June 9

Buildings and landmarks to go blue for World Oceans Day

Over 20 buildings and landmarks around Ireland will 'Go Atlantic Blue' to mark World Oceans Day (June 8) and to celebrate a connection to the Atlantic Ocean.
Bantry Bay foreshore licence map of mechanical seaweed harvesting site

Court case may determine future of mechanical seaweed harvesting

A case that could determine the future for all of Ireland's seaweed industries opens in the High Court on May 14 and is expected to run for six days.Bantry Bay - Protect our Native Kelp Forests, a West Cork community organisation, has sought a Judicial Review of the granting of a seaweed harvesting licence to BioAtlantis Aquamarine Ltd - a Tralee-based biotechnology company.

One-third of marine mammals face extinction

More than 40% of amphibian species, almost 33% of reef-forming corals and more than one-third of all marine mammals are threatened.

Former US Secretary of State to address OOW 2019

Former US Secretary of State and presidential candidate John Kerry, will address Ireland's blue economy conference 2019. Described as a 'determined environmentalist' John Kerry  will share his insights on climate change and the actions…