Maharees Group Wins Ocean Hero Special Achievement Award

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Members of Maharees Conservation Association with the Special Achievement Award. Photo: Clean Coasts Twitter

A KERRY-BASED Clean Coasts group won an Ocean Hero Special Achievement Award this afternoon.

Clean Coasts hosted the Ocean Hero Awards Ceremony and Ocean Talks at Number 6 Kildare Street, in Dublin, to celebrate and thank the groups, individuals, communities, and businesses who, throughout the year, have done outstanding work to protect their local coastline and environment.

Maharees Conservation Association CLG were nominated both in the Beach Clean Award category and the Special Achievement Award and they won the latter.

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This award is a celebration of an individual or group who have achieved something spectacular this year, whether it’s reaching a major milestone, undertaking an impressive project or finding a way to engage a new cohort of people in the protection of our coasts.

The group has been carrying out a series of marram grass planting events in their area to stabilise the sand dunes damaged by Atlantic storms and have been raising awareness and educating the public on the importance on sand dunes and why they need to be protected.

During the ceremony, the work of Fenit Coast Conservation, who were nominated for a Local Action Award, was also showcased.

This group strives to raise awareness of the value and vulnerabilities of the coastline and encourages best practices that will leave this precious natural environment intact for future generations.

Each year, the Ocean Hero Awards honour the invaluable contribution Clean Coasts volunteers, groups and communities have made towards conserving our spectacular coastline. The awards, originally called the ‘Clean Coasts Merit Awards’, were conceived in 2006, consisting then of only one category, ‘The Clean Coasts Group of the Year’.

This year, Clean Coasts has chosen 7 dedicated categories with a total of 28 groups, organisations and individuals shortlisted for the title of Ocean Hero within each category.

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