We are The Ray Project! A newly found NGO located in Ireland dedicated to the research and protection of Rays & Skates.
We are on a mission to protect these incredibly diverse fish and bring awareness about their ecological importance. With 11 native species in Irish waters, most of these are classified as threatened, endangered or critically endangered. So, our focus is to identify and protect species specific nursery habitats along the Irish coast.
Education & Citizen Science:
Our research would not be possible without the help of citizen scientists and local marine advocates. We have begun to educate the local community about the importance of Rays and Skates in our waters, and encourage others on how they can help through citizen science projects.
Divers and beach walkers are a great help to us as they discover & identify egg casings both on land and in water. Gathering more photos of these will contribute hugely to our research project as we work towards their protection.
Anyone can log their sightings of skates and egg casings on our website www.therayproject.org.
Since founding The Ray Project 9 months ago, we have received enormous support from the diving community and through social media. Specifically, the support from Seasearch Ireland, Scubadive West and Galway Atlantaquaria.
We wouldn’t be able to carry out our research without their help and it just goes to show that everyone can be involved in science and make a difference to the vulnerable marine life that needs our support.
As we continue our research and community engagement, we look forward to what the future brings for this project and for Rays and Skates everywhere.
Our goal is to share the diversity of stories that reflect the beauty of the sea, we are doing this by sharing images, stories, art, reviews & interpretation of the beautiful blue ocean we are only discovering.
This blog is to record the adventures , ocean literacy, discoveries , and showcase the hidden beauty of the Wild Atlantic Way.