About Shay Fennelly

I came to live in Westport in the 1980’s to work on a mussel farm and oyster fisherman in Clew Bay. Growing up in Dublin, I spent summer weekends on the beach in Killiney with my family, rowing to Dalkey island and fishing for mackerel. I learned about bird watching on the North Bull Island in winter forays. Clew Bay’s islands is a wildlife haven for many species of birds and mammals which I enjoy and made my home.

Otter eating a fish on the seashore at Rosmoney, Clew Bay, County Mayo.                                                                                           Photo © Shay Fennelly

As an aspiring photographer I wrote feature stories about aquaculture and about people living on the coast. I learned how to watch otters in Clew Bay without disturbing them from Track of the Otter by Hugh Miles, wildlife camerman. I set up AQUAPHOTO a photo library documenting the marine environment  on Ireland’s coast. I wrote about aquaculture, fishing, whales and dolphins, shellfish, water quality, environmental assessment the impact of seismic surveys, fishing and oil and gas exploration, to increase awareness of the marine environment off Ireland.

As a marine scientist I have worked as an environmental consultant for Aquafact Environmental Survey Specialists as a marine mammal observer, Ornithologist, MRAG (UK) consultants as a Bluefin tuna fishery observer and the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group. Wild Atlantic Charters is a new venture to study the ecology and increase awareness about the beauty of Clew Bay’s scenic islands and drumlin landscape, wildlife and marine environment.The ecotour will appeal to visitors  interested in watching wildlife, bird watchers, nature enthusiasts, photographers, sightseers, and boat sea anglers. “Rebecca,” the charter vessel is fully insured to carry passengers and complies with all marine safety legislation.



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