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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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Water temperatures off Ireland’s west coast were unprecedented this April and May. A deadly combination of the climate crises mixed with the natural climate variability El Nino brought sea temperatures to their highest on record since 1850. Understanding to what extent this will affect waters off the Irish coast and its ecosystems remains to be

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In recent months the IWDG, like so many other NGO’s in Ireland, has found itself at the receiving end of a fair amount of abuse on social media focusing around the twin issues of offshore windfarm development and Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). Last week however things took a more sinister twist, as what was initially

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Authorities in Iceland recently decided not to grant a license to hunt fin whales this summer.  Svandis Svavarsdottir, Minister of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, made the decision following an inspection by welfare officers from the Food and Veterinary Authority which found that the methods used to kill the animals resulted in excessive cruelty and were

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The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) with assistance from Vanishing Point (VP) is pleased to announce that we will be holding a Passive Acoustic Monitoring (PAM) course from April 4 to 9 inclusive on the Beara Peninsula. Classes will be held on the pier in Castletownbere and practical recording sessions will include a short

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Whales and Sails

The IWDG Sligo local group and the Mullaghmore Sailing Club are teaming up to deliver a talk to the local sailing community in Sligo about whales and dolphins.   Sailors have a unique opportunity to explore and observe amazing wildlife while enjoying the water. Visiting areas otherwise inaccessible can have its perks if you know

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