One group of people who spend a remarkable amount of time in the biologially rich intertidal and nearshore zone are surfers. The nature of their pursuit requires an acute awareness of their immediate environment; surfers are always a good source of valuable field observations and inadvertently come to know our marine life more than most.
They are aware also, that their environment is far from pristine, and in places like Bundoran, Enniscrone and Portballintrae, explosive urban style development often sees them sharing reef space with untreated sewage. Its not good for marine life; surfers, mollusks, seals inclusive.
Irish Surfers Against Pollution is a response to this. They are a new non-profit making organisation in Ireland with a primary goal of cleaning up our coastal waters, creating awareness of our problem areas and freeing them from raw sewage. Similar groups such as Surfers Against Sewage in The UK and The Surfrider Foundation in The U.S. have gained considerable lobbying power through persistent and well informed efforts.