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Mick Berry of Coastwatch and his son Shem after paddling around the extensive seagrass bed at Kilmore Quay, Co Waterford, in an effort to remove sargassum invasive seaweed.

Some of Ireland’s most important seagrass beds, which capture CO2 and provide a habitat for many marine species, are being damaged by the spread of an(...)

A female spiny seahorse shelters in a meadow of common eelgrass (Zostera marina). Photographed in summer (August) in Studland Bay, Dorset, England

Coastwatch is launching a national campaign to assess the state of Ireland’s sea-grass populations which play a critical role and in countering climat(...)

Some of the dead mammals were found in a Natura-protected area close to the mouth of Waterford estuary. File photograph: Google Street View

A total of three common dolphins and four seals have been found dead in Waterford Harbour over the past week, according to the environmental group Coa(...)

The after-effects of ectocarpus –  a brown-coloured opportunist algae – in Dublin Bay at Booterstown which is killing seagrass

The decline of carbon-capturing seagrass, evidence of sea level rise caused by climate change, and major structural faults in coastal defences are amo(...)

At 9am last Saturday a large discharge of sewage sludge occurred at Poolbeg outfall due to a tank failure at Irish Water’s waste water treatment facility in Ringsend Poolbeg treatment facility. Photograph: Eoin O’Shaughnessy/ DublinCityShots

Over last weekend, many people availed of the fine spring weather. For those living beside Dublin Bay, the value of the amenity was plain to see. Thou(...)

A Coastwatch volunteer collected this waste in one outing on a small stretch of coastline between Garrarus beach and Kilfarrasy Beach on the Co Waterford coastline. The haul includes a fridge and many plastic bottles.

Drinks containers, particularly plastic bottles, are the most frequent form of litter found on Irish coastlines, according to the environmental group (...)

A recycling facility in Clonshaugh, Dublin. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

It has been predicted there will be more plastic waste than fish in our oceans by 2050 – another indication of the scale of contamination it is wreaki(...)

Johnny Cloherty harvesting seaweed near Carna, Co Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

When James Bond was despatched to Japan in You Only Live Twice, access to the formula for a lucrative seaweed extract was one of many twists to the ta(...)