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The expansion of offshore renewable energy (ORE) into the marine environment is one of the most potentially significant developments in Irish coastal waters. If the government reach their target of 5GW of offshore wind energy built by 2030 and 20GW by 2040, we will see hundreds of turbines, both fixed and floating, deployed in our

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What’s happening with MPAs? Ireland currently awaits new legislation on Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) to come for consideration before Government. Developed under the Marine Strategy Framework Directive, the MPA Act will be the first time Ireland has designed legislation dedicated specifically protecting our vulnerable marine environment. The Act is to contribute to the protection of

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We are delighted to share that, on Friday the 20th of October, the Irish Whale and Dolphin group won the National Heritage Week Award for the Wild Child category. We are deeply grateful for this award and recognition of our work. It was truly an honour and a humbling experience. Our winning event “Be a

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A coalition of Ireland’s leading environmental NGOs has strongly criticised the government for failing to publish key legislation that would protect Irish seas and help tackle the twin climate and biodiversity crises. Presenting a petition of 11,758 signatures from Ireland to Minister of State for Nature, Heritage and Electoral Reform, Malcolm Noonan TD, the Fair

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In the coming months, the Irish Government will advance new  Marine Protected Area (MPA) legislation. As part of the Fair Seas campaign, we are urging Irish leaders to ensure that the new law will effectively protect and restore Ireland’s seas. Ireland’s biodiversity is reaching a tipping point. For decades, Ireland has lacked effective Marine Protected

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Ahoy, Mateys! On a sunny Saturday afternoon in early September, a small group of eager and budding marine biologists gathered on the pier in Bantry Bay. We boarded the Celtic Mist with excitement and wonderment, uncertain of how our week together would unfold. As we unloaded our gear into our snug cabins with functional bunks,

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An Bord Pleanála has refused permission for the proposed Shannon Technology and Energy Park on the River Shannon near Ballylongford, Co. Kerry. The application by Shannon LNG Ltd was for a Liquified Natural Gas terminal to receive and process gas transported by ship from abroad. In its decision ABP made reference to the Shannon bottlenose

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Many of our readers recently were following with interest the story of the trio of Northern bottlenose whales Hyperoodon ampullatus that were recorded in inner Bantry Bay, Co. Cork between August 19th to September 3rd 2023.  This contribution is by way of bookending the story, while acknowledging there may still be a degree of uncertainty

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