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Sea Swimmers Maybe Better Protected Against Harmful Organisms - Research

16th September 2022
University of Galway expert Prof Dearbháile Morris - the current EU bathing water quality directive requires updating
University of Galway expert Prof Dearbháile Morris - the current EU bathing water quality directive requires updating

Preliminary research into the impact of harmful organisms in bathing water suggests that regular sea swimmers leading a healthy life may have some protection.

University of Galway expert Prof Dearbháile Morris cautions that the indications are preliminary, and require more research.

However, as she explains in an interview for Wavelengths, those swimmers with a healthy lifestyle and healthy diet maybe better protected against colonisation by organisms that can “potentially cause harm”.

The current EU bathing water quality directive requires updating, and she also believes local authorities should be testing bathing water all year round – and with more extensive tests.

Sea swimmers - currently, local authorities are only obliged to test designated bathing waters – which does not cover every swimming area – from June 1st until September 15thSea swimmers - currently, local authorities are only obliged to test designated bathing waters – which does not cover every swimming area – from June 1st until September 15th

Currently, local authorities are only obliged to test designated bathing waters – which does not cover every swimming area – from June 1st until September 15th.

Prof Morris, who is professor of Antimicrobial Resistance and One Health at the University of Galway’s Ryan Institute, is leading a number of research projects related to bathing water quality.

Listen to the interview with Prof Morris below.

Lorna Siggins

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Lorna Siggins is a print and radio reporter, and a former Irish Times western correspondent. She is the author of Search and Rescue: True stories of Irish Air-Sea Rescues and the Loss of R116 (2022); Everest Callling (1994) on the first Irish Everest expedition; Mayday! Mayday! (2004); and Once Upon a Time in the West: the Corrib gas controversy (2010). She is also co-producer with Sarah Blake of the Doc on One "Miracle in Galway Bay" which recently won a Celtic Media Award

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