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News Round-Up

New Water Stewardship Programme

BIM is to launch a new Water Stewardship Support Programme this Tuesday, August 25, for seafood processors. The launch will be live-streamed for the sector at 9.30 a.m. Registration can be done on www.smartwater.ie/bim Funded under the EMFF and run in partnership with Central Solutions, the aim of the Programme, Bord Iascaigh Mhara says, “is to assist processing businesses to undertake a series of onsite actions for improving water management practices and reducing water related impacts. It was successfully piloted last year, delivering significant efficiencies and cost savings for participating firms.”

Ireland One of Two EU States In Citizen Marine Survey

Ireland is one of two EU member states selected for a Europe-wide citizen survey on the health of the marine and freshwater environment. The EU’s Mission For Healthy Oceans, Seas, Coastal and Inland Waters is seeking citizens’ priorities in Ireland and Romania about the health of ocean and inland waters. “The survey will inform policies on the ‘right type’ of blue economy and proposals to create a new European ocean agency,” according to the EU, whose Mission says it wants to “know, restore and protect our ocean and waters by 2030.

“This can be done by reducing human pressures on marine and freshwater environments, restoring degraded ecosystems and sustainably harnessing the essential goods and services they provide”.

Largest Mass Stranding in Ireland of Bottlenose Whales

Seven Northern Bottlenose Whales died in what has been described as the largest mass stranding of its kind in Ireland. The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) confirmed the deaths on Rossnowlagh beach.

“We know very little about them, but they are prone to mass strandings,” said IWDG Chief Executive Simon Berrow. “It is the largest mass stranding of this species ever in Ireland.”

RNLI Helvick Swim Cancelled

The 2020 RNLI Helvick Sponsored Swim which was scheduled for Sunday, September 13, has been cancelled due to the revised Covid-19 restrictions. It would have been the 26th year of the event which was a major fundraiser for the RNLI and social occasion in County Waterford.

Water Heritage Day

“Stories from the Waterside,” a collection of short stories celebrating individual connections with Ireland’s rivers, lakes and beaches has been published to mark Water Heritage Day which is this Sunday, August 23. The publication comes from a national story writing competition held in April and May during the COVID-19 lockdown. It was organised by the Local Authority Waters Programme (LAWPRO) in partnership with the Heritage Council, the Heritage Officers Programme, Waterways Ireland and Inland Fisheries Ireland.

Water Heritage Day celebrates water, both as a precious natural resource and part of Irish heritage. “Stories from the Waterside” can be downloaded free in PDF format.

Poisonous Fish on Waterford Beaches

Warnings have been issued about poisonous weever fish after a number of people were reported stung on beaches in County Waterford. Weever fish lie in sandy areas where the water is warm, shallow and close to the mean low water tide line. They are difficult to see but their spines, on dorsal fins and gills, project through the sand and can cause severe pain when they penetrate human skin.