Thursday, 7 August 2008

Clare Purple Sea Urchin Survey

Clare Biodiversity Group, Clare County Council and the Heritage Council would like to inform all diving/snorkelling/coastal enthusiasts of County Clare about the 2008 Public Marine Survey. The Purple Sea Urchin (Paracentrotus lividus) is a marine invertebrate species that is found mainly on the lower rocky shore in rock pools on the west coast of Ireland, particularly in County Clare. The Clare Biological Records Centre and the Clare Biodiversity Group have organised this marine survey with the aim of encouraging both the locals and the tourists of County Clare to become involved in gathering important information on the current population status of the Purple Sea Urchin, which is thought to be under threat from over fishing. The Clare Purple Sea Urchin Survey leaflets, which contain guidelines and the Purple Sea Urchin Record Card, will be available at diving centres and tourist information points throughout County Clare. Alternatively, you can request survey leaflets by contacting the Clare Biological Records Centre (see below). You can also register your findings on the Clare Biological Records Centre website:
Contact: Catriona Lynch, Database Manager
Clare Biological Records Centre,
Clare Co. Council, New Road, Ennis.
Tel: 065 4846499 or 6846459

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