What can I do to protect marine biodiversity?

  • Always dispose of your rubbish responsibly. Litter that finds it’s way into our seas can cause harm to fish gills and turtles mistake plastic bags for jellyfish – their favourite food – and will choke if they try to eat one. Turtles have been spotted of the Irish coast in recent years and as rubbish like plastic bags will travel long distances in ocean currents, this is a real problem.
  • Avoid eating fish whose population are in danger of decline from over-fishing. The less public demand there is for these fish, the better. Instead buy fish that are plentiful or from sustainable stocks abroad.
  • The best way to learn to appreciate Irish marine biodiversity is to go and see for yourself. Learn to dive at a dive centre of club near you.
  • Get involved and support marine conservation groups such as the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group. Whale watching trips and organised on a regular basis.

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