Two of three "Your Ocean, Your Future" themed projects shortlisted for the European Mario Ruivo Prize are from Ireland. A team of Loughrea students with Youth Work Ireland Galway, designed a project to raise awareness of the importance of the ocean in everyday life among their peers and community. A team from St. Josephs College, Borrisoleigh, Co. Tipperary, has also been shortlisted for their 'bags with tags' project to tackle marine litter and reduce plastic in the ocean.
The Mario Ruivo Prize challenged 11-16 year olds across Europe to design projects to ensure that the ocean we grow up with continues to play an essential role in our lives while being maintained for future generations, based on the principles of a Blue Society.
The Youth Work Ireland Galway team from Loughrea visited the Marine Institute earlier this year where they met with Vera Quinlan, in the INFOMAR team to workshop some ideas. They returned recently to get some advice on sustainable seafood ahead of a cookery demonstration they are holding in Loughrea to raise awareness in their community about the importance of using sustainable fish species and looking beyond the most popular fish.
The Loughrea team will host a free seafood cookery demonstration with Seamus Sheridan at Loughrea Hotel and Spa, Thursday, 27th October at 8pm. For more information about their campaign and cookery demonstration visit their facebook page, Ocean Matters https://www.facebook.com/OceanMatters2016/ or contact Letizia Gorini Coady ydp [dot] loughrea [at] youthworkgalway [dot] ie or 087 6595534.
For more information please contact Lisa Fitzpatrick/Sinéad Coyne, Marine Institute,
lisa [dot] fitzpatrick [at] marine [dot] ie / Sinead [dot] coyne [at] marine [dot] ie