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Manx Shearwater by Rob Petley-Jones

Irish Sea Marine Conservation - the Impact of MARINElife

February 7, 2023

Pictured above is the Manx Shearwater. 

For those of you who don’t know, the Irish Sea plays a crucial role in Manx Shearwater populations. The majority of these fascinating birds use the Irish Sea to migrate between North West Britain and Brazil.

But without the MARINElife team’s fantastic work, the importance of the Manx Shearwater to the Irish Sea would have remained a mystery. 

Every year, MARINElife surveys marine wildlife across the Irish Sea. The charity focuses on recording all marine mammals and seabirds that enter the survey recording area. Using this information, the MARINElife team can ensure that animals which thrive in the Irish Sea can be better protected. 

Who is MARINElife?

MARINElife is a non-profit organisation striving to preserve, protect, and study the variety of marine life found in our oceans.

They accomplish this by administering marine protected areas, conducting research studies, and advocating for laws promoting marine conservation. Additionally, MARINElife collaborates with a number of organisations to advance maritime sustainability and conservation.

2023 and Beyond

At Seatruck, we are proud to have supported MARINElife in their efforts to safeguard threatened species and habitats, and to inform people about the value of conserving our maritime environment for coming generations. Our team looks forward to continuing to do so in 2023. 

As MARINElife Route Coordinator for the Heysham Irish Sea Surveys,  Rob Petley-Jones says:

“The planned programme of surveys (for 2023) has already attracted a good number of volunteers to make up the survey teams.

Further MARINElife training courses are being planned, and these will continue to increase the membership of the volunteer Researcher team, and we look forward to our partnership with Seatruck continuing to produce valuable data on the marine wildlife of the Irish Sea through 2023.”

Learn more about the fantastic work MARINElife does on their website here.