Survey Of Clare’s Coastline Drives Push For Marine Protected Areas Legislation

A new survey of Clare’s coastline has led to a renewed push for stronger conservation legislation for Ireland’s inshore waters.

The Fair Seas campaign and the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group have published a report after monitoring the marine life along the coastlines of Clare, Cork and Kerry over a five-month period.

The low number of harbour porpoise sightings was the most concerning finding as none were observed in the Loop Head to Kenmare Area of Interest or the Blasket Islands Special Area of Conservation.


With just 9% of Ireland’s waters officially designated as marine protected areas, Clare-based Irish Whale and Dolphin Group Science Officer and Fair Seas Partner Rebecca Dudley insists stronger legislation is needed to protect marine life.

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