BirdWatch Ireland's 'Action Plan for Marine and Sea Cliff Birds in Ireland 2011-2020' was officially launched on World Oceans Day (Weds 8th June 2011) by the Minister for Arts, Heritage & the Gaeltacht, Jimmy Deenihan at the National Sea Life Centre in Bray, Co. Wicklow.
The Action Plan outlines a ten year initiative to monitor & conserve 38 species of bird which utilise Ireland's coastline & offshore water. It was released just as a recently published scientific paper revealed that up to 50,000 seabirds are killed off the southwest coast of Ireland every year as a result of longline fisheries.
A PDF copy of the Action Plan can be downloaded by clicking the image below
Press Release (click to download): Action Plan for seabirds launched as mass seabird deaths in Irish waters come to light
|Left to right: Cllr. Stephen Stokes; Minister Jimmy Deenihan; Cllr. Sarah Wray; Alan Lauder (BirdWatch Ireland) & Pat Ó'Súilleabháin (National Sea Life Centre)|
|Left to Right: Caitriona Diviney (IWEA); Minister Deenihan; Alan Lauder; Steve Newton (BirdWatch Ireland) & Oscar Merne|
|Left to right: Gráinne O'Brien (BIM); Lorcán O'Cinneide (Federation of Irish Fishermen); Minister Deenihan; Alan Lauder; Peter Norton (Mountaineering Ireland) & Peadar O'Connell (BirdWatch Ireland)|