The port of Dublin as a pioneer in biodiversity enhancement

29 May 2024

The Dublin Port has placed along the Great South Wall (in Dublin) massive concrete blocks, moulded to replicate the shoreline of Ringaskiddy in Cork to increase biodiversity and support fish populations in Dublin Port. This initiative follows a study of 60 shorelines in Ireland and Wales to determine optimal topography for biodiversity promotion. Natural and rocky shorelines, with their numerous nooks and crannies, offer protection for aquatic organisms from tidal challenges, motivating the use of artificial structures to mimic these habitats.

The loss of microorganisms due to human-made structures like seawalls and jetties can lead to reduced food availability for larger species and fish, causing a notable decline in biodiversity. 

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