Ireland is scientifically recognized as one of the top sightings locations for marine mammals in Europe. There are 24 species recorded to utilize these waters throughout some portion of their life cycle, with eight of these species commonly seen seasonally throughout the southwest waters of Ireland. LH Marine Sea Synergy is a marine awareness and activities center driven with the desire to educate the local and visiting public on the importance of marine conservation, while also participating in research to determine the marine megafauna abundance in local waters. The ultimate goal of Sea Synergy is to create and establish a marine ecotour for the southwest region, to connect people with the sea and the marine life that inhabits it, in hopes of inspiring the public to conserve the waters they call home. Through boat surveys, questionnaires and educational workshops and lectures, baseline data were obtained and a template created to further this research in the future. The 2015 season was the platform, which in the future, can potentially be presented to local supporters to create the ultimate desire of establishing a sustainable marine ecotour in southwest Ireland.
Roberts, Jennifer, "Cetacean sightings, sustainable ecotourism, and education/outreach in southwest Ireland" (2015). Internship Reports (Restricted). 55.
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