Environmental Priorities

The coastal marine environment is one of the most biologically diverse and resource rich environments on the planet.  Throughout history, humans have been drawn to the coast, with communities relying on the marine environment for their continued survival.

In recent decades, however, the  marine environment has been placed under new and increasing pressures, many of which relate, directly or indirectly, to human activity.  We have identified the following six environmental priorities for the West Cork coast.


West Cork coastal communities are becoming increasingly concerned about the pollution of this maritime environment.  Pollution can occur through contaminants, litter, and activities such as dredging. Find out more about current pollution issues.


Fishing Boat, Cape Clear

We have identified a range of present-day environmental issues that relate to fisheries.



AquacultureText relating to the aquaculture theme goes here.

Climate Change

How is climate change affecting the West Cork coast? What can we do about it?  We discuss some considerations in our climate change literature review. We also consider the impact of climate on this coastline in our exhibition, West Cork and Climate.

Biodiversity and Conservation

SealAnother priority is biodiversity and conservation.

intro here on present day…. We consider tourism in West Cork from 1700 to the present day, where eco-tourism has become a focus.


Policy and Legislation

Policy and Legislation

With mounting pressures on the coastal marine environment, several vital pieces of policy and legislation guidelines have been put into force over the last number of years.