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Michael Viney was our best nature writer. Many have come before, and many are emerging, but Michael’s simple description of life in Mayo, living off his acre of land with Eithne and Michelle is untouched. His observations of Ireland’s wildlife and wild places were unique, always supported by current scientific knowledge and interpretation but wrapped

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Hélène Quévreux, our new biologist for the 2023 season tells us about the latest scientific survey onboard Celtic Mist After a few busy weeks between floating classrooms, Cork Harbour Festival and the Fair Seas conference during the World Ocean Day, Celtic Mist is back out at sea. Like the previous week of surveys, forecast of

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It’s been a very interesting few weeks for humpback whale research in Irish waters, as for the first time we can recall in almost 25 years, the humpback story has had a complete shift from waters of the Irish southwest to those of the northwest. A plot of all humpback sightings on our system produces

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Hélène Quévreux, our new biologist for the 2023 season tells us about her first week onboard and the start of the new scientific programme!  This week, Celtic Mist crew’s was spoiled! Not only we had had an incredible weather and delicious dishes all week (soups, sandwiches, pasta and all kind of vegetables!) but we had

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Dr Stephen Comerford joined the IWDG in May as a Marine Policy Officer. This comes at a time of unprecedented pressures on our marine waters, especially inshore with a multitude of policies being developed which will have far reaching and profound effects on our marine environment. The IWDG have been bombarded with formal consultations on

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The Shannon Dolphin Project developed fast after finally kicking off in 1993, after a year’s delay. In 1995, Dolphinwatch Carriagaholt, started advertising dolphin-watching trips following a couple of years testing the water. Geoff Magee was still fishing in the estuary, and had to wash down the decks of his lobster potting vessel Fiona David and ready

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Important Marine Mammal Areas Workshop for the North East Atlantic This week in Hamburg the IWDG attended in person (Patrick Lyne) and online (Simon Berrow) the Important Marine Mammals Area (IMMA) workshop for the North East Atlantic in Hamburg, Germany. The workshop was organised by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and

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Ciara Morrin, a marine scientist from Galway, Ireland joined us onboard Celtic Mist for the first cruise of the 2023. Here she tells us about her experience onboard:  I arrived in Poolbeg early on Sunday, 12th May and was greeted by Lucia, the first mate, who had walked out to meet me. Together, we boarded

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As part of our celebrations of 30 years of the Shannon Dolphin Project we are repeating surveys we carried out in 1993 when we started our journey. In 1993 we carried out two “Minimum Number Estimates” which involved co-ordinated watches from all around the estuary to record and count al dolphins seen. Full scans of

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FAIR SEAS TO HOST LANDMARK CONFERENCE ON WORLD OCEAN DAY Cork event to bring together ocean advocates, global experts, key stakeholders, government and industry. An ocean economist, who won the prestigious 2023 Tyler Prize for the Environment Award, has been announced as the keynote speaker for the inaugural Fair Seas World Ocean Day Conference next

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