MISSION BLUE ANNOUNCES IRELAND’S FIRST ‘HOPE SPOT’: GREATER SKELLIG COAST DEEMED CRITICAL TO THE HEALTH OF THE OCEAN BY GLOBAL ORGANISATION 

A large swathe of ocean off the south west coast of Ireland has been added to a list of ‘Hope Spots’ by a global marine conservation movement. Mission Blue is led by legendary oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle and now has…

New My Maps function developed to help teachers make the most of the European Atlas of the Seas in their classrooms

The European Atlas of the Seas is a tool developed to provide information about Europe’s marine environment, covering topics such as nature, tourism, security, energy, passenger transport, sea bottom, sea level rise, fish consumption, and much more. Users can benefit…

Fair Seas developed a Legal Handbook and a White Paper to support the development of Ireland’s MPA legislation

The decline of marine biological diversity worldwide, including in Ireland, due to human induced pressures, has led to calls for more legally protected areas. Under international and European law, Ireland had previously committed to protecting 10% of its waters by…

RTE’s former marine correspondent and IOLN member Tom MacSweeney launches new podcast

RTE’s former marine correspondent Tom MacSweeney is launching a new look 30-minute monthly marine podcast for 2023. The audio will be available from this Friday and also air on 17 community radio stations around Ireland, from Cork to Clare, Galway,…

‘Mission “Restore our Ocean and Waters by 2030”: an Atlantic-Arctic Lighthouse’ event hosted in Cork by the European Commission with the support of Ireland

The hybrid high-level conference ‘Mission “Restore our Ocean and Waters by 2030”: an Atlantic-Arctic lighthouse’ and its side event ‘Community Action for the Mission: Building the lighthouse from the bottom up’ organised by the European Commission took place on the…

Save the Date for the hybrid event showcasing the first results of the Coastwatch Autumn Survey 2022 on Monday 5th December

The 2022 Coastwatch Citizen Scientist Autumn Shore Survey for the island of Ireland ran from Sept 15th to Oct 15th and its first results will be presented on Monday the 5th December at a public event open to those interested in…

Galway City Council are calling for stakeholders for a pilot Engagement Process to plan the future of Grattan Beach

Galway City Council are looking to continue the growth of sand dunes on Grattan Beach in Salthill, and to protect the existing sand dunes and beach from erosion. To help achieve this they have planned a series of workshops in…