11 Mayo beaches have been awarded Blue Flag status for 2021, while 6 Mayo beaches were given the Green Coast award.
Across the country, a record 93 Blue Flags for clean beaches and marinas have been awarded this year, an increase of two on last year, while there are 63 Green Coast awards.
The blue flag is a prestigious, international award assuring visitors that a beach has met minimum standards in water quality, facilities, safety, environmental education and management.
An Taisce has announced the awards today, with Donegal and Kerry leading the way again this year with 14 blue flags each, and Mayo has been awarded 11 blue flags.
Golden Strand on Achill Island has regained its blue flag, last held in 2018, but Bertra beach near Westport has not retained its blue flag status this year, as the bathing water quality had deteriorated slightly.
While the water quality at Bertra is described as good, it did not meet the Excellent standard, which is required to achieve blue flag status.
Mayo Co Co did not apply for a Blue Flag for Bertra for 2021 for this reason.
The Mayo beaches that have been awarded Blue Flags today include 5 beaches in Achill - Golden Strand, Dooega, Keel, Keem and Dugort, along with Mulranny beach, Carrowmore in Louisburg, Clare Island beach, Elly Bay and Mullaghroe in Belmullet, and Ross beach in Killala.
There are also 6 Mayo beaches that receive the Green Coast award - including Cross in Erris, Portacloy beach, Srah, Termon, Rinroe and Trámaun on Inishturk.
The Green Coast award recognises beaches for their clean environment, excellent water quality and natural beauty.
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