For anyone who doesn’t know, the COAST Office is a centre for watersports and maritime pursuits as a solution to health, wellbeing and understanding development in NI communities. They build an understanding of Portballintrae by encouraging people to explore and preserve the unique heritage of the village. They inspire people to learn to enjoy the bay and coastlines around Portballintrae in new, unique, and fun ways.
During the summer of 2019, the COAST Office have helped us to organise and hold educational and fun Seas themed events, such as a Radical Rockpool Ramble, a Snorkel Safari and a Night-time Sea Safari event! All of this work has helped to educate people on our local marine biodiversity and the threats our seas are facing. We also worked with the COAST Office on the Sea Deep project, which is focused on the conservation of sharks, skates and rays. We have held a shark and skate egg case ID workshop with the COAST office and they have been of great help finding egg cases and involving locals in the citizen science aspect of Sea Deep!