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The State of Bantry Bay in 2008 and 2009
Bantry Bay has a rich variety of natural heritage along its coastline. Long stretches of non-developed foreshore – so far not touched by the building industry or the tourism sector - build a rich potential. These intact habitats give home to a wide range of plants and animals. The coastline however is under threat. Many beaches (and the waters) of Bantry Bay are in a bad condition. The pollution of the beaches - originating from the seaside - increases year by year. Plastic ropes, nets, strings and barrels of any size and variety cover the shingle beaches and the rocks. Main source of the pollution is the mariculture industry in Bantry Bay, being responsible for an estimated 60 to 80 percent of man-made-non-natural objects being washed to the beaches every week, every month, every year. The mussel industry in Bantry Bay is the biggest of its kind in Europe. It is vital for the people of the Bay Area and it deserves everybody´s support. But the industry has to acknowledge its responsibility for the high grade pollution and the mariculture companies in Bantry Bay are asked to deliver solutions to stop pollution and to allow the Bay to recover.

In May 2009 - pressured by the Harbour Board and the public – the local mussel industry companies finally adopted a Code of Practice to acknowledge repsonsibility and to improve the situation on the shoreline and in the sea. This CoP can be downloaded on this website. In a couple of years we may know, if it was worth the ink to print this paper. Let´s hope for the best and work for the future of a clean Bantry Bay.

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