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Strumble Head Lighthouse in south Wales where AFLOAT adds is located close to the Port of Fishguard where the ferry operator Stena Line has made a donation to boost biodiversity along the Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail.
In south Wales a project that aims to boost biodiversity along the Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail will be boosted following a substantial donation from Stena Line, which runs the ferry crossing from Fishguard to Rosslare. Stena Line’s contribution was…
Operation by helicopter to remove barrels of waste diesel, hydraulic oil from MV Alta aground near Ballycotton east Cork
Near Ballycotton in east Cork, an operation on the coast has been undertaken to airlift around 80 barrels of waste diesel and hydraulic oil from the 80m cargo ship MV Alta which ran aground on rocks a week and a…
An Oil Spill Assessment Team convened again as of 2.00pm today, as part Cork County Council's Oil Spill Contingency Plan in response to the grounding of cargoship (Alta) in Ballycotton, Co. Cork.
Preparing to remove materials from a grounded ghost ship by helicopter on Tuesday is in the hands of Cork County Council as they could pose a pollution risk. The council according to Green, is preparing to airlift barrels of machine…
File image of the MV Madelen, which will carry out the ADCP deployment this Friday
The Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport advises that University College Dublin intends to deploy an Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (ADCP) sub-surface installation off the Aran Islands this Friday 28 February, weather permitting. The deployment will occur around 0.6 nautical…
Gail McAllister (right) and her fellow Blue Flag national jurors
Irish Sailing’s regional development officer Gail McAllister is among the jury for this year’s Blue Flag awards programme. The national jury met last month to consider a total of 88 sites around Ireland comprising 80 beaches and eight marinas. Their…
Marine Spatial Planning Meetings Resume This Evening In Arklow
Public meetings to discuss marine spatial planning and the Government’s draft national framework resume this evening in Arklow, with a focus on offshore renewable energy. The Arklow Bay Hotel will host the event from 6pm to 8pm, with speakers from…
The project would see seven large gas storage caverns hollowed out under Larne Lough in Co. Antrim.
The main conservation groups in Northern Ireland have come out against a plan to develop gas storage caverns underneath Larne Lough. They are opposed on environmental grounds and as BBC News NI reports, they believe the potential impact on wildlife…
The handling of the postal vote, which will disenfranchise anyone at sea
A leading west Cork fish supplier and former Fine Gael campaign manager has added his voice to criticism of the short timeline for registering for a postal vote in this general election writes Lorna Siggins Donal Kelly, managing director of Fast…
East & West Coasts To Link Up In Tandem Beach Clean Challenge This Weekend
Ireland’s East and West Coasts will compete to collect the most marine litter in a simultaneous beach clean this Sunday 2 February. The Tandem Beach Clean is being organised by Galway City Museum along with Flossie and the Beach Cleaners,…
The popular Cliff Walk between Bray and Greystones topped the Irish Independent readers’ poll
The cliff walk between Bray and Greystones has been named as Ireland’s favourite local attraction by the readers of the Irish Independent. The coastal hiking path between the two Wicklow towns placed tops in the newspaper’s Reader Travel Awards for…
Minister of State Damien English launches the draft NMPF at Dun Laoghaire Marina last November
A number of public events scheduled for later this month and early February on the draft National Marine Planning Framework have been postponed. Events had been due to take place in Killybegs on Monday 27 January, Wexford town on Thursday…
The houseboat was spotted at Cross Beach on the Mullet Peninsula in November 2016
The original owner of a mystery houseboat that washed up on the Mayo coast three years ago has been traced to western Canada, as RTÉ News reports. The wooden vessel, which was fitted with solar panels, was recovered for restoration…
Minister of State Damien English launches the draft NMPF at Dun Laoghaire Marina
Sixteen different sectors and activities are within the scope of the draft National Marine Planning Framework (NMPF) launched yesterday (Tuesday 12 November). And plans for a system of designated Strategic Marine Activity Zones among its main ambitions, as previously reported…
Gerald Fleming presents Will Ireland Survive 2050? on RTÉ One tonight
“The sea will come and take” Dublin and Cork by 2050 if nothing is done to deal with the consequences of climate change, Gerald Fleming will say in an RTÉ TV documentary tonight as The Irish Times reports. The former…
The Draft National Marine Planning Framework for public consultation will be published on Tuesday 12 November
The eighth and latest stakeholder advisory meeting on the National Marine Planning Framework takes place tomorrow, Tuesday 12 November, from 10am at the Commissioners of Irish Lights in Dun Laoghaire. Tomorrow’s meeting will also see Damien English, Minister of State…
Government Agrees Terms For Oil Exploration Ban
Seán Canney, Minister of State for Community Development, Natural Resources and Digital Development, has confirmed the policy principles that will underpin the Taoiseach and Minister Bruton’s announcement to cease new exploration for oil offshore Ireland. This announcement, in an address…

Coastal Notes Coastal Notes covers a broad spectrum of stories, events and developments in which some can be quirky and local in nature, while other stories are of national importance and are on-going, but whatever they are about, they need to be told.

Stories can be diverse and they can be influential, albeit some are more subtle than others in nature, while other events can be immediately felt. No more so felt, is firstly to those living along the coastal rim and rural isolated communities. Here the impact poses is increased to those directly linked with the sea, where daily lives are made from earning an income ashore and within coastal waters.

The topics in Coastal Notes can also be about the rare finding of sea-life creatures, a historic shipwreck lost to the passage of time and which has yet many a secret to tell. A trawler's net caught hauling more than fish but cannon balls dating to the Napoleonic era.

Also focusing the attention of Coastal Notes, are the maritime museums which are of national importance to maintaining access and knowledge of historical exhibits for future generations.

Equally to keep an eye on the present day, with activities of existing and planned projects in the pipeline from the wind and wave renewables sector and those of the energy exploration industry.

In addition Coastal Notes has many more angles to cover, be it the weekend boat leisure user taking a sedate cruise off a long straight beach on the coast beach and making a friend with a feathered companion along the way.

In complete contrast is to those who harvest the sea, using small boats based in harbours where infrastructure and safety poses an issue, before they set off to ply their trade at the foot of our highest sea cliffs along the rugged wild western seaboard.

It's all there, as Coastal Notes tells the stories that are arguably as varied to the environment from which they came from and indeed which shape people's interaction with the surrounding environment that is the natural world and our relationship with the sea.

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