The work of Bantry Bay- Protect our Native Kelp Forest Campaign has been recognised by CORK ENVIRONMENTAL FORUM in their 2018 awards.


We have been given the award in the Community and Voluntary Sector in recognition of an outstanding contribution to sustainability in Cork City and County through partnership and participation in the promotion of environmental care.


Pictured are members of the Campaign, with the award presented by Mayor of Cork County, Cllr. Patrick Gerard Murphy.

Public consultation and advertising required

NO mention of 'MECHANICAL HARVEST'  ¦  NO mention of 'NATIVE KELP FOREST'  ¦  NO mention of '1860 ACRES OF BANTRY BAY'

Dept of Housing stated that a notice was placed in a national newspaper - no record can be found by the Dept. of the advertisement published


  1. No public meetings  
  2. No consultation with Bantry Bay Coastal Zone Charter Groups (formal framework for public consultation for developments in Bantry Bay).


  1. No information on development given to Cork County Council
  2. Notice placed in Bantry Bay Garda Station for 21 days - no access to copy of record on Dept. of Housing website


  1.  Advertisement placed by BioAtlantis in Southern Star Newspaper on 12th December 2009 states 'Occupy an area of foreshore for the purpose of harvesting specific seaweed at Bantry Bay'