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Schull Marina Survey Calls for Interest
A marina in Schull is to be completed in Schull by 2011 according to a survey that seeks feedback from interested parties in taking a berth in the new facility. A marina and breakwater has been in the pipeline for…
New website for Royal Western YC
Co Clare's Royal Western YC has unveiled a new-look online presence, complete with a swanky chart viewer for the Shannon Estuary. The viewer (here) allows users to scroll through all the Admiralty Charts for the Shannon Estuary area. The new…
New Cork Chart for RIBs
Admiralty Leisure, which is part of the UK Hydrographic Office is currently expanding the range of Tough Charts and the latest to be published is a Tough Chart of Cork to Kinsale which will be available next month.  The new…
Youghal Marina Planned
A marina is planned for Buttimers Dock in the heart of Youghal boosting moorings in the south coast town from 2 visitor moorings to 56 berths. Although still at the planning stage the building of the marina is to commence…
New Pontoon Jetty Application for Kinvara
An application for foreshore licene in Galway has been made in this morning's Irish Times. Joe Brady of Tarrea Queen Enterprises Limited has applied for a permission to occupy an area of foreshore under the foreshore act at Tarrea Pier,…
Brown Crab: Safe and Sustainable from Catch to Table
In the region of 9,000 tonnes of edible brown crab are caught by Irish fishermen each year with a value of over €9 million, making this one of the most important sectors of the Irish Fishing industry. As the Competent…
Doolin Pier Tenders Sought
Clare County Council is advertising for tenders for the construction of a new pier at Doolin in Co. Clare. More here. Both the planning application and the foreshore licence application are underway for the 6 million Euro project.
'Reinstate Dept of Marine': IMF
Coastal maritime communities should push for the reinstatement of the Department of the Marine. That's just one of the aims of of a new initiative by the Irish Marine Federation, in the clearest expression yet of the need for a…
Coroner Wants Cliff Walk Fenced Off
A coroner has called for a section of a popular cliff-top path in north Co Dublin to be fenced off after two people fell to their death at the same spot in a year. Gerogina O'Halloran reports in the Irish…
Expansion at Scotland's Oban Marina
With a total investment of £110,000 on the latest phase of developments at Oban Marina on the Isle of Kerrera, the marina is set for another successful season. Varis Engineering from Inverness supplied 24 new 12-metre finger pontoons that have…
Afloat.ie: Scientists and Fishermen Join Forces on Fisheries Science
A study to record the wealth of knowledge possessed by fishermen for the better management of fish stocks is underway on the prawn grounds around the Aran Islands in Galway Bay. The study, which is led by Dr Brendan Flynn…
Afloat.ie: How Jellyfish Can Sting Coastal Economies
The serious impact of jellyfish swarms on coastal economies was described by Dr Tom Doyle of the Coastal & Marine Resources Centre at University College at a recent Beaufort Marine Socio-Economic Workshop at the Marine Institute. Once considered unimportant as…
Afloat.ie: Buoys Installed on Dun Laoghaire Coast
Marker buoys to indicate the distance jet skis and powered craft must keep from the foreshore were installed at popular boating and swimming locations last weekend. The move is in accordance with Beach bye-laws introduced by the Council earlier this…
New Team at the Helm of Whitehaven Marina
It’s been a busy six months since Marina Projects took over the running of Whitehaven Marina in April this year on the far side of the Irish Sea. They have invested over £50,000 in improvements to the Marina, which have…
Coleraine Connections Expand
Coleraine on the north coast, with its access to open sea through the River Bann estuary, is of growing interest to cruising folk, both as a home port, and as a convenient location where boats may be securely left in…
O Cuiv Grant for Inis Meain
Eamon O Cuiv TD, Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, has announced that he has sanctioned a grant of €60,602 to carry out safety works on Cé an Chalaidh Mhoir, Inis Meain, Co. Galway. The works include the installation…

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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