Irish Seal Sanctuary
'To Provide Shelter, Treatment and Rehabilitation for Rescued Marine Wildlife Found in Difficulty Around Ireland's Coast'
The Irish Seal Sanctuary (ISS) (formerly Skerries Marinewatch) has been operating since 1986 as a sanctuary for rescued marine and other wildlife, and in particular seals. They provide shelter for these rescued animals and run a follow-up programme of rehabilitation and release. They train their animal handlers in rehabilitation practices and lend their expertise to the protection, conservation and study of Ireland's marine wildlife receiving charitable status in 1995.
They have now treated over 800 seals and, on average, deal with over 2,000 wildlife distress calls per annum; and participated in a number of oil-spill responses.
In addition to their animal rehabilitation operation, the ISS:
- Run extensive educational and outreach programmes through the schools and community nationwide;
- Partner in research and training with state agencies and academic bodies
- Have a very active and successful Sea Fisheries Advisory Group, represented at EU level, promoting sustainable fisheries;
- Are a Member of Environmental Pillar in Social Partnership, and are socially inclusive in all of their activities;
- Have observer status at the International Irish Whaling Commission (IWC) and NASCO.
- Are members of Empower, the European network of oiled wildlife responders.
- Are a point of reference within the National Oil Response Network.
The ISS is a non governmental organisation and a registered charity. Their aim alongside the rehabilitation and release of mainly both grey and harbour seals is to bring education and awareness about marine bio diversity to a wider audience.
CHY No. 11450