Writing & Media Appearances

Nic Slocum has contributed to both an Australian and Chilean report on the qualitative and quantitative development of whale watching in Ireland contributing to the world wide information on the growth and structure of whale watching operations around the globe. He writes a fortnightly newspaper column entitled Marine Conservation Matters and Environment Today on which he critically appraises the damage caused by issues spanning commercial whaling and marine pollution to commercial fishing and questionable invasive cetacean research. He is frequently called upon to comment on marine wildlife related issues on both national and regional radio such as Mooney Goes Wild, Moncrieff and Mary Wilson's Drivetime. Nic has contributed to and provided consultancy for television programmes such as BBC 999 with Michael Burke, ITV This Is Your Life with Michael Aspel, Channel Four A Place by the Sea with Seetha Hallett and RTE 1 Eco Eye with Duncan Stewart.

Frequently featured in broadsheets such as The Telegraph, The Guardian, The Irish Times and The Irish Examiner Nic was recently quoted in the Observer as "wanting to be involved in a process that brought the conservation message to a lot of people and how taking people out to see animals in the wild was the ideal way (of getting this message across)."

Nic leads by example when it comes to best practice in whale and dolphin watching and provides regular critical analysis, comment and sightings through the acclaimed Whale Watch West Cork website, his blog entitled Whale Watching News and Expert Views and his regular video diary entitled The Whale Watch West Cork Video Diary with Nic Slocum. Nic's Code of Conduct for Recreational and Commercial Boats when Interacting with Cetaceans in Irish Waters has been received extremely well in the press as this constitutes the first of its kind for Ireland. Nic is working hard on the adoption of the WiSe accreditation scheme for marine wildlife tour operators in Ireland. Developed by Colin Speedie this is widely recognised as the gold standard in accreditation and best practice regarding boat interaction with marine wildlife.

A firm believer that discussion and review are the cornerstones of establishing best practice among operators Nic welcomes contact by email or telephone to discuss issues relating to whales and dolphins, invasive research techniques, marine conservation in general and sustainable use of marine resources.

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