A project has been officially launched to protect Ireland’s longest living animal.
Agriculture Minister Michael Creed announced a €10 million scheme to conserve the native freshwater pearl mussel.
The mollusc is an endangered species which is found in near-pristine freshwater habitats and can live for up to 140 years.
This programme brings farmers, farm advisors, scientists and researchers together to deliver a targeted landscape level intervention.
The project will cover Kerry, Cork, Mayo, Galway and Donegal.
In Kerry the catchments include the Blackwater, Caragh and Currane.