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Marine biologist calls for protected waters in Tralee Bay to shield pregnant sharks and stingrays

Jun 6, 2020 13:06 By radiokerrynews
Marine biologist calls for protected waters in Tralee Bay to shield pregnant sharks and stingrays Marine biologist calls for protected waters in Tralee Bay to shield pregnant sharks and stingrays
Photo courtesy of Blasket Island Eco Marine Tours (MarineTours.ie)
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A Kerry marine biologist says there should be moves to protect pregnant sharks and stingrays arriving to give birth off the coast. Kevin Flannery says

A Kerry marine biologist says there should be moves to protect pregnant sharks and stingrays arriving to give birth off the coast.

Kevin Flannery says Tralee Bay is a nursery where stingrays, sharks and skates swim in with the high tides during the full moon at the start of summer to release their young.

The area’s importance as a breeding ground for sharks was highlighted in recent weeks, when local man Val Burke found a pregnant 10ft porbeagle shark beached in Derrymore.

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Mr Flannery says there is a need for a programme to protect sea life giving birth in Tralee Bay – however, local fishermen need to be considered.

 

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Kevin Flannery also says there are marine tourism opportunities available in Kerry waters; this is despite the county having a strong marine tourism industry already.

The marine biologist says Kerry has huge potential.

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