The Good Beach Guide, published by the Marine Conservation Society came out on Friday. I’ve pasted the link, as its quite an interesting and informative site.
The good news is: 8 beaches have been recommended, an increase on 6 beaches in 2005.
The bad news is: Newcastle in County Down was issued with a warning, and its water quality was judged to be poor as a result of the discharge of raw sewage. The MCS said “Northern Ireland Water service was responsible for 23.5% of all water pollution incidents in 2005, but are now due to spend £420 million in wastewater treatment works and sewer network upgrades”
The beaches on the recommended list are: Tyrella, White Rocks (Portrush), Cranfield, Crawfordsburn, Helen’s Bay, Murlough (near Newcastle) and 2 at Magilligan.
So, if you go down to the beach today, mind how you go. It’s not always seaweed you’re stepping over, it seems.