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Sea lettuce is a common sight on Irish shorelines
Nitrates and phosphates from intensified agriculture are a significant cause of so-called green and red tides in West Cork, according to a new report. Dr Liam Morrison, one of the researchers behind the NUI Galway study, tells the Southern Star…
Ireland’s Eye off Howth lies just south of the proposed wastewater outfall pipeline
Planners are from today set to review proposals for a controversial €500 million wastewater treatment scheme in North Dublin, as The Irish Times reports. Clonshaugh near Dublin Airport was chosen in June 2013 as the site for the sewage ‘super plant’…
Bantry will host the meeting of FLAGs from across Europe from 2-14 April
Fisheries Local Action Groups (FLAGs) from across Europe will be meeting in Bantry next month to discuss “smart” ways to tackle coastal challenges. The Smart Coastal Areas seminar, hosted by FLAG South and Bord Iascaigh Mhara at the Westlodge Hotel…
Presentation by leading underwater photographer Paul Kay will feature an exploration of Ireland’s rich underwater world
#coastalnotes -  As part of the RDS Library Speaker Series will be a presentation ‘Snapshots and Science - The Shallow Seas of Ireland’ which is to be held next Wednesday March 13 between 18:30-20:00. The presentation by leading underwater photographer…
Banna Strand on Tralee Bay is TripAdvisor users’ favourite of Kerry’s beaches this year — but loses out on the top spot to Inchydoney in Cork
#TopBeaches - Kerry dominates TripAdvisor’s list of the best Irish beaches for 2019, with the Kingdom taking six of the top 10 places. Ladies Beach at Ballybunion (9th), Coumeenoole (6th), Derrynane (5th) and Inch Beach (3rd) all make return appearances…
Seabins like this one will soon be seen in harbours and marinas along the Antrim coast
Mid and East Antrim Borough Council has voted unanimously to approve the installation of water-cleaning Seabins along the coastline north of Belfast Lough, as the Larne Times reports. Harbours and marinas from Carrickfergus to Carnlough are now expected to benefit…
A view of the Shannon estuary near the site of the proposed LNG plant
#coastal - At the High Court it is expected to rule next week on its judicial review on extending planning permission to build a liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant on the Shannon Estuary. The judicial review hearings reports the Limerick…
The fishing fleet in Howth, which could soon have cleaner surface waters with the proposed installation of two Seabins
#Seabin - Howth will be the latest Irish port to benefit from a revolutionary device designed to clean up harbour and marina waters. Independent.ie reports that local man Rowan Byrne has launched a crowdfunding campaign to pay for the installation…
Marine Environment Raised By More Than Half Of Submissions On New Planning Framework
More than half of submissions (53%) in the public consultation on the National Marine Planning Framework Baseline Report concerned the marine environment. Ports and shipping (44%), climate change (42%) and nature conservation (41%) were other important topics raised among the…
Minister of State Andrew Doyle launching the new locally led Blue Flag recovery scheme in Duncannon
#CoastalNotes - A new locally led scheme for the recovery and long-term retention of Duncannon Beach’s Blue Flag status has been launched in Co Wexford. The Duncannon Blue Flag Farming and Communities Scheme is a European Innovation Project (EIP) funded…
Liadh Ní Riada MEP and Councillor Paul Hayes meeting with fishermen in Castletownbere for the launch of The Charter for Fishers, Coastal Communities and the Island
Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada has called on all political parties to unite behind a series of broad principles designed to protect our fishing industry, coastal communities and islands. The Ireland South MEP, who sits on the EU Fisheries…
Investigation Into Human Remains Found By Fishing Vessel Off Cork Coast
Gardaí in Cork have launched an investigation after human remains were recovered by the crew of a fishing vessel 180 nautical miles off Castletownbere in Co Cork at the weekend. TheJournal.ie reports that the vessel docked in Castletownbere on Sunday…
Landing craft James with vehicle ramp lowered onto Killiney Beach, Co. Dublin and where heavy machinery transfers rock armour to Shanganagh Cliff (as seen behind) and the backdrop of the Little Sugarloaf, Co. Wicklow.
#coastal - Works to protect cliffs along Killiney Bay, in south Co. Dublin, from coastal erosion, have stepped up in recent weeks as sea born rock armour from neighbouring Co. Wicklow is been delivered onto the beach, writes Jehan Ashmore.…
Public Lecture On Marine Litter Tonight In Galway
‘Marine litter: are there solutions to this global environmental challenge?’ is the title of a free public lecture at 7pm tonight (Thursday 10 January) in the main concourse of GMIT’s main Galway campus. Prof Richard Thompson from the School of…
The Betelgeuse caught fire and exploded in Bantry Bay on 8 January 1979
#Coastal - People in their hundreds have attended a memorial service in Bantry, west Cork, to mark the 40th anniversary of the Whiddy Oil disaster in which 50 people died. As RTE reports, the French-owned oil tanker the Betelgeuse caught…
One of the new signs in place at Whitestrand at Miltown Malbay in West Clare
Permanent signage now in place at Spanish Point and Whitestrand Miltown Malbay beaches in west Clare hopes to rid the beaches of the scourge of plastic litter. The signs (not made of plastic) ask beachgoers to take away three pieces…

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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