Nominations for An Taisce’s Clean Coasts’ Ocean Hero Awards 2016 are now open, marking the 10th anniversary of the programme that honours the contribution by Ireland’s coastal communities towards conserving the coastline.

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The Clean Coasts group on Inisbofin help to maintain the pristine condition of Ireland’s coastal areas. Photo Gillian Mills

Over 500 Clean Coasts groups are recognised across categories that include: Individual of the Year; ‘Newcomer of the Year’; ‘School of the Year’; ‘Business of the Year’; ‘Beach Clean of the Year’ and ‘Think Before you Flush’ awareness raising award.

“We’re delighted to be celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Clean Coasts’ Ocean Hero Awards. The awards have really brought to the fore the remarkable work and wonderful coastal celebration events that Clean Coast volunteers have been involved in over the past decade along the Irish coastline.

“We hope this year is no different and we look forward to receiving inspirational nominations that show the true dedication of these coastal custodians.”

Nominations are also being call for the ‘Think Before you Flush’ awareness raising award, supported by Irish Water, which highlights the problem sanitary products and other items can cause to the marine environment and wastewater systems when flushed down the toilet.

Nominations to by deadline: November 4.