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Irish Whale and Dolphin Group

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General details

Partner number:19
Address:Merchant's Quay, Kilrush, Co. Clare.


Legal representative / director: Simon Berrow
Contact person: Dr.  Berrow  Simon
Contact email:

Summary and roles

Short Description:The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group is dedicated to the conservation and better understanding of cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoise) in Irish waters. The Group was founded in 1990 to establish an Irish stranding and sighting scheme and to campaign for the declaration of Irish territorial waters as a whale and dolphin sanctuary. Just one year later in June 1991 the Irish Government declared all Irish waters to be a whale and dolphin sanctuary: the first of its kind in Europe. The current focus is to promote better understanding of Irish cetaceans through education and research.
This is achieved through a number of IWDG Activities. It works in co-operation with industry, fishermen and other groups whose interests may conflict with those of cetacean conservation. It works with the general public to stress the need to conserve cetaceans. It supports and conducts research into cetacean ecology working alongside universities, government agencies and other research groups.

The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group has a long tradition in conservation of whales and dolphins and as such has a good background on the human impacts affecting these animals. The focus of MARES, looking at the human impact on the marine realm thus fits perfectly with the aims of the organization. IWDG wants to promote research on effects on large sea mammals by looking for example on the effects of fisheries, research on the effect of underwater noise or effects related to large-scale marine infrastructures. IDWG wants also to provide its expertise in dedicated trainings for doctoral candidates.



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