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The #ShannonDolphinProject is based out of the Shannon Dolphin Centre in Kilrush, Co. http://Clare.It has facilitated many young researchers over the years to develop fieldwork and data handling skills. https://iwdg.ie/shannon-dolphin-project/

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🐬 Shannon Dolphin ProjectThe project started in 1993 when the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group started a photo-id project funded by Shannon Development. Since 2000 the Shannon Dolphin and Wildlife Foundation was formed to pull together local stakeholders interested in the dolphins to develop and provide educational awareness and conservation of the Shannon dolphins and other wildlife in the region. Since 2017 the Shannon Dolphin Project is run through the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (www.iwdg.ie).The project is based out of the Shannon Dolphin Centre in Kilrush, Co. Clare. It has facilitated many young researchers over the years to develop fieldwork and data handling skills while annually collecting photo-identification data on commercial dolphin watching boats and dedicated survey transects to estimate the population’s size, calving rates and distribution which help evaluate the potential effects caused by the Shannon Estuaries continued industrialisation.👉You can support this project by Adopting a Dolphin iwdg.ie/shannon-dolphin-project/. All proceeds go directly to Shannon Dolphin Project so your support will allow us to continue monitoring this population.📣 We are also looking for partners interested in sharing a longer journey with us, by providing us with multi-annual, core funding or project sponsorship.Find out more here iwdg.ie/get-involved/ or contact us at enquiries@iwdg.ie if you or your company interested to support one of our many projects.Thank you to Inis Energy of the Sea for supporting this project and the group with core funding.#ShannonDolphinProject#InisEnergyoftheSea#researchprojects#conservation#dolphins#whales#MarineProtectedAreas ... See MoreSee Less
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Glenua are hosting the final talk of their Winter/Spring lecture series in aid of the RNLI tomorrow evening (Thursday the 13th) at 8pm. Dr. Connie Kelleher a state underwater archaeologist for the National Monuments Service will be discussing piracy in Ireland during the early 17th century. For anyone interested in supporting this great cause you can donate here -> www.idonate.ie/fundraiser/11391760_rnli-donation.htmlTo access the talk please use the following link:us02web.zoom.us/j/87560181448?pwd=Rm5VN2kzaGhCZjJlVzlpNjBFd2dpZz09Meeting ID: 886 6030 0562Passcode: 790171 ... See MoreSee Less
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Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) or Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs) can help to improve the marine environment thereby helping to protect cetacean species. The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group have been actively involved in the management of the Shannon Estuary MPA since it was designated in 2000 and are working on a number of MCZ projects.The designation and management of MCZs are currently high on the social and politically agenda. The IWDG are recommending a separate MPA in Brandon and Tralee Bays in North Kerry, or a boundary extension of the existing Lower River Shannon SAC due to their importance to the Shannon Dolphins.A new MCZ should incorporate other species of interest including sharks and rays as Tralee Bay is of national importance for many of these species.In this video we explain why these bays are proposed and the importance of local stakeholder involvement. IWDG would like to see this area used as a pilot to engage with local communities, fishers, marine tourism operators etc to hear their concerns and desires and ensure their input into an effective management structure where all communities are respected and involved.We also would like to encourage everyone to take part in the public consultation process! For more information and the full report developed by the expert advisory group, click on www.gov.ie/en/consultation/45271-public-consultation-on-expert-advisory-group-report-entitled-exp...#IWDG #iwdgpublication#conservation #marineprotectedareas #loveyoursea #theoceanweshare ... See MoreSee Less
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