Human beings have always created waste as a by-product of industrial and agricultural processes, but never as much now. Much of this waste ends up in our coastal environments, having a negative impact on our ecosystem.
Although West Cork is valued for its beautiful scenery, its rich maritime environment has also suffered from pollution.
Read our pollution literature review to learn more about how pollution is affecting our coastlines.
Take a look at our online exhibition on Pollution and West Cork from 1700 to learn about how pollution has affected this coastline both today and in the past.