18th December

Illegal aquarium releases threaten native wildlife

The recent discovery of decaying remains of an exotic fish specimen in the River Suck at Correen Ford in the Midlands has raised concerns of the threat to native wildlife from aquarium releases by 'otherwise well-meaning individuals'.

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Six inch sharp-toothed dragonfish Photo: Oisin Naughton, IFI

This latest discovery follows that of a yellow-bellied slider turtle on the River Maigue, Co Limerick, according to Inland Fisheries Ireland. The six-inch sharp-toothed dragonfish or Violet/Dragon Goby) is native to North and South America and can be purchased in Ireland for private aquariums. Many non-native, exotic species to Ireland are sold for the aquarium trade.

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Economic assessment underway of 'Irish environment' produce

National Capital Forum will be establsihed 'to advance a comprehensive economic assessment of the whole range of resources, goods and services produced by the Irish environment,' conference delegates were told.

More than 100 representatives of businesses, investors, State agencies, landowners, environmental NGOs and academics were attending Natural Capital: Ireland's Hidden Wealth. The two-day event at the National Botanic Gardens focused on ways to accurately measure in economic terms, the 'natural capital debt - the unacknowledged cost of environmental degradation and its impact on human wellbeing.'

Pictured with Minister Jimmy Deenihan (centre) are left to right: Brendan Dunford; Micheal O’Briain; Declan Little; Hannah Hamilton; Cara Augustenborg; Paddy Woodworth; Jane Stout; James Aranson; Matthew Jebb and Catherine Farrell.

Pictured with Minister Jimmy Deenihan (centre) are left to right: Brendan Dunford; Micheal O’Briain; Declan Little; Hannah Hamilton; Cara Augustenborg; Paddy Woodworth; Jane Stout; James Aranson; Matthew Jebb and Catherine Farrell. Photo Paddy Rowland.

"Contemporary tax-payers, future generations and the world's poor all pay this debt, whether we realise it or not," remarked Dr Rudolf de Groot, a lead author of The Economics of Ecology and Biodiversity TEEB report. "We may think of nature as priceless, but we must learn to recognise all its value," he added.

Read more: Economic assessment underway of 'Irish environment' produce

Low level public awareness on strategy to protect Ireland's marine environment

Shay Fennelly

Delegates attending a cross-border workshop organised by the Sustainable Water Network (SWAN) on implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) heard that Ireland submitted its progress report without consulting the public and that few people were aware of the Directive. 

Inisbofin. MSFD came into force in 2008 aims to achieve 'good environmental status' in the waters around Ireland by 2020. Photo Gillian Mills

Inisbofin. The MSFD which came into force in 2008 aims to achieve 'good environmental status' in the waters around Ireland by 2020. Photo Gillian Mills

The Directive requires the adoption of the ecosystem-based approach as a means of tackling threats and managing human activities while allowing sustainable use of marine goods and services.

In March 2012, the Marine Institute appointed RPS consultants as expert advisor and project partner in a €3m contract to ensure Ireland meets its obligations regarding implemention.

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Own our Oil – The Fight for Irish Economic Freedom

‘Goddammit, we’re being misinformed, misled and exploited ― all over again,’ writes Eddie Hobbs in the opening line of this book, dedicated to the memory of Justin Keating, described as a ‘veterinary surgeon, government minister, broadcaster, writer and humanist, for reasons that become eminently clear as you read into [the] content and listen to the remarkable interview with him on Ownouroil.ie recorded in 2009, the year he died.’

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And a recent convert in his thinking, Hobbs describes his ‘moment of epiphany’ to be as recent as September 2012. ‘Until then I’d assumed that all of the hot air about offshore oil and gas was generated by a dolly mixture of extremists, lefties and planet-before-people types who grasped little about economics, business and risk taking. It was uninformed. It was wrong. It was arrogant.

Read more: Own our Oil – The Fight for Irish Economic Freedom

Is Ireland's 'green' image endangered by litter dumping indifference?

Francis O'Donnell

It is said you should make your point in the opening lines of an article. As I take the train from Westport to Dublin I am struck by the lack of litter along the route. The midlands are truly beautiful; a place I don’t visit that often.

But hailing from west Donegal, train travel is seldom an option so I must use the nation’s road network which brings me to my point: Simply, it is filthy; almost everywhere is ‘open season’ as a dumping ground.

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Loughrosmore estuary, Ardara... and further along the estuary. Photo Francis O'Donnell

As an island nation we have many things that should make us proud: Our culture is rich; we are known worldwide for our music, literature, commitment to world aid, and peace. We have the highest sea cliffs in Europe; some of the best surfing waves on the planet and we are known internationally for our welcome.

Read more: Is Ireland's 'green' image endangered by litter dumping indifference?

Marketing plan unveiled for Lough Derg area

A four-year economic and marketing development plan for the Lough Derg area as a tourism destination includes marina faciliaties and the appointment of a designated Tourism Coordinator. 

Entitled A Roadmap for Experience Development and Destination Markeitng 2014-201, Failte Ireland's plan was launched by Alan Kelly, Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport.

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River Shannon

"The primary purpose is to maintain and improve tourism visitor services, recreational facilities and environmental amenities around the lake and River Shannon to create a 'Lough Derg' experience," he said. 

Read more: Marketing plan unveiled for Lough Derg area

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