Karin Dubsky

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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 basking shark feeding off the Co Donegal coast. Photograph: Alan Cranston

The process of scaling up designation of marine protected areas (MPAs) in Ireland to 30 per cent of maritime area over the next decade will begin in e(...)

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(...)

Mystery blue balls washed up on Dollymount Strand, Dublin. Photograph: Brian Bolger

The discovery of mysterious blue balls washed up along Dublin’s coastline has prompted questions over where they came from and whether they pose any t(...)

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(...)

Coastwatch: Wet wipes are clogging up sewage treatment systems. File photograph: The Irish Times

Ireland’s recurring problem of raw sewage and storm water flowing into seas, rivers and estuaries requires immediate measures, including a wet wipes b(...)

Part of Rossbeigh strand in Co Kerry, where seagrass is severely depleted. Photograph: Coastwatch Kerry

As estimated 7 per cent of seagrass habitat is being lost worldwide each year, according to a UN Environment Programme (UNEP) report, which warns the (...)


Wet wipes have been identified for the first time as a separate category of waste in the list of household materials littering Ireland’s beaches. A C(...)

The MV Alta, a 77m Tanzanian registered cargo ship which had been abandoned and drifting in the Atlantic Ocean for 17 months, washed up on rocks near Ballycotton in east Cork last weekend.   Photograph: Cathal Noonan/AFP via Getty

Oil and other waste materials are due to be airlifted from the wreck of the MV Alta in Cork next week. Cork County Council’s oil spill assessment tea(...)

Oonagh Duggan

Members of environmental non-governmental organisations (NGOs) are usually people who enjoy the outdoors so much that they have built their careers ar(...)

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