This is the Marine publications section. Here you can find all publications, reports and presentations for this heritage area of interest.
Climate change, impacts & vulnerability in Europe (2012)
This European Environment Agency (EEA) report presents information on past and projected climate change and related impacts in Europe, based on a range of indicators. The report also assesses the vulnerability of society, human health and ecosystems in Europe and identifies those regions in Europe most at risk from climate change.
View the summary report on Climate change, impacts & vulnerability in Europe (2012) [pdf 6.7mb]
Ireland's Sharks & Rays (2008)
Sharks are some of the most threatened living creatures the ocean. Despite their fierce reputation, more people are killed each year worldwide by defective toasters than by shark attacks. Over 67 species of sharks, skates and rays live in Irish waters. Find out more with the Heritage Council poster, Ireland’s Sharks & Rays.
Download Ireland's Sharks & Rays here [PDF 3MB].
Ireland's Coastline Seaweed (2008)
Seaweed is gathered as food, processed and used as fertiliser, forms an ingredient in many cosmetics and spa treatments, and is the subject of biotechnological and pharmaceutical research. This poster/publication explores the contemporary and historical uses of seaweed, the role of seaweed in biodiversity and provides references for further information.
Download Ireland's Coastline Seaweed here [PDF 3.6MB]
Awareness & Appreciation of the Coastal Environment in County Fingal (2007)
The objective of this study was to inform Fingal County Council of the levels of awareness and appreciation in the local community of coastal and marine environments to contribute to the optimal use of Fingal County Council’s resources when preparing relevant materials for effective interaction with the general public. If you work for a Local Authority/NGO or related organisation on communication initiatives you may find this report helpful to your work.
Download Awareness & Appreciation of the Coastal Environment in County Fingal [PDF 770KB].
Scoping Study on the Creation of a Naval or Maritime Museum (2007)
In keeping with the aims of its Strategic Plan 2007–2011, the Heritage Council, in partnership with the Irish Naval Service, has commissioned this study. The study (DRAFT) complements the Heritage Council’s key ‘shared vision’ to ‘work in partnership for the conservation of our national heritage through encouraging its accessibility and enjoyment by everyone.’ The draft ‘Scoping Study’ is presented here to the public for wider consultation and feedback.
Download Scoping Study on the Creation of a Naval or Maritime Museum [PDF 4.4MB].
A Guide to Habitats in Ireland (2007)
Published by the Heritage Council, 2007 (original published in 2000). This publication sets out a standard scheme for identifying, describing and classifying wildlife habitats in Ireland. It also covers natural, semi-natural and artificial habitats of terrestrial and freshwater environments, of inshore marine waters, and of urban and rural areas.
The classification is presented within a hierarchical framework and is designed for application at a variety of different levels in terms of scale, detail and user expertise. It is intended as a first-step approach for general habitat recording rather than a basis for detailed study and evaluation. The availability and widespread use of a standard classification scheme is important in helping to standardise data collection on habitats which, in turn, will assist in the management and conservation of Ireland's natural heritage.
Please note that the 2007 reprint contains Notes to Readers - this includes additional information on the links between a number of Irish habitats and EU annexed habitats.
Download A Guide to Habitats in Ireland [PDF 5MB].
Audit of Maritime Collections (2006)
This audit was commissioned by the Heritage Council in July 2005, with the aim of assisting the conservation of Ireland’s boating heritage in both the maritime and inland waterway communities.
Download Audit of Maritime Collections (2006) [PDF 710KB]
Jellyfish in our Coastal Seas (2006)
This publication examines the different types of jellyfish which can be found in Irish waters. The life-cycle of the jellyfish, their habitats, jellyfish as food for other marine animals, and their impacts on humans is also outlined.
Download Jellyfish in Our Coastal Seas [PDF 756KB].
Ireland's Boating Heritage: The Future? (2004)
This publication presents the proceedings of a seminar entitled 'Ireland’s Boating Heritage: The Future?' which took place on the 13th November 2004. Presentations were made by five people on a range of topics which are reproduced in this volume.
Download Ireland's Boating Heritage: The Future? [PDF 746KB].
Seeking Your Views on Ireland`s Water Quality: Report on Feedback (2004)
The Heritage Council identified the implementation of the EU Water Framework Directive as a major work area with particular emphasis on the public participation aspects. To assist in developing policy, Council agreed to canvass opinion on current water quality and current and future water management proposals.
This document is a record of the feedback to the consultation document and the seminar of 18th October 2003 and represents the views of the respondents expressed in writing or during the workshop and plenary sessions.
View Seeking Your Views on Ireland's Water Quality: Report on Feedback [PDF ].
Conservation Plan: Bere Island, County Cork (2003)
The stimulus for this Plan arose from the islanders’ concern to ensure the long term survival of their island’s unique features. The significance of Bere Island, as the Plan reveals, is due to the presence of a mosaic of different aspects of its heritage, both built and natural.
Download Conservation Plan: Bere Island, County Cork [PDF 7.65MB].