Failure by the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Environment is jeopardising the equivaliant of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef system in Strangford Lough.
That’s the claim of the CEO of Ulster Wildlife Trust, Heather Thompson and her Director of Development, Victoria Magreehan.
They brought their case to Parliament Buildings today, arguing that the horse mussel – which forms the basis of a reef-system – is being destroyed by several forces.
Ms Thompson and Ms Magreehan respectively, contend that one hundred species which use the reef as a home are endangered.
Listen to their story below: