Blue Carbon: A Sea Story


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The beauty, power and wonder of the sea as told by ex-fishermen, marine ecologists and environmental activists. Producer Bairbre Flood takes to the sea with Colin Barnes, Cork Whale Watch, on an ethical whale and wildlife tour, and meets with marine biologist Shazia Waheed, lobster fisherman Kieran O’Shea, and volunteers with the Bantry Bay Protect Our Native Kelp Forest campaign, Dolf D’Hondt and Tomas O’Sullivan.

‘The kelp forests are the forest of the ocean, and they deserve to be treated with the same kind of care and with the same kind of foresight, as we do with the trees on land.’ 

– Tomas O’Sullivan, Bantry Bay Protect Our Kelp Forest

Niall MacAllistar of Sea Kayaking With The Seals brings us out to explore Adrigole Harbour, and Padraic Fogarty (Whittled Away: Ireland’s Vanishing Nature) of the Irish Wildlife Trust explains what can be done to help protect the seas, and why it’s vital let our oceans recover – from overfishing, pollution and the effects of climate change.

‘There is a massive shift that is needed – number one: in seeing the enormous importance that the ocean plays in our climate, as well as to individuals who enjoy the ocean every day. But also seeing that we really need to stop destroying it, day in, day out, and to allow it to recover.’ 

– Padraic Fogarty, IWT

Created with funding from the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.

Broadcast on Newstalk on Sunday 4th Dec 2022 at 7am and Sat. 10th Dec at 9pm.