Marine Institute

Marine Survey of Special Protection and Conservation Areas to Commence

August 6, 2009

Voyager day grabA series of surveys of Special Areas of Conservation (SAC) and Special Protection Areas (SPA) will commence around the Irish coast Friday 7th August.

The surveys will be carried out in order to facilitate the Government of Ireland to meet it’s obligation to develop management plans for a number Special Areas of Conservation for habitats and Special Protection Areas for birds.  The management plans will identify a range of conservation objectives which will subsequently be used to inform the conservation status of a particular site. In addition, licensed activities in these sites must be assessed in light of the conservation objectives.

The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine have directed that the Marine Institute, in cooperation with the National Parks and Wildlife Service and Bord Iascaigh Mhara, commission a series of surveys of a number of SAC and SPA sites over the next three years. This year’s surveys will be carried out throughout the months of August and September 2009 and the selected sites are identified in the tables below.  The sites have been selected on the basis of licensing needs for both fisheries and aquaculture. The surveys will constitute seabed investigations (grab, core and video sampling) of both inter-tidal and sub-tidal habitats and will likely encompass both licensed and unlicensed seabed areas. It is expected that additional European sites will be surveyed over the next number of years.

The tables below outline the survey activities that will take place over the next two months. For further information on the surveys please contact Francis O’ Beirn at the Marine Institute, phone 091 387 200 or email francis [dot] obeirn [at] marine [dot] ie 

  

Table 1. – Survey Locations Group 1

Site

SAC No

SPA No

Sub-tidal

Reef

Sub-tidal

Sediments

Subtidal

Biology

ROARINGWATER BAYAND ISLANDS

000101

 

Survey 0-5m (30 grab and 7 dredge samples)

KENMARE RIVER

002158

 

Undertake new survey in areas >50m; re-sample sites in areas <50m surveyed previously,  survey in 0-5m zone (100 grab and20 dredge samples)

TRALEE BAY & TRALEEBAY COMPLEX

002070

004188

Full survey required (40 grab and 10 dredge samples)

CASTLEMAINEHARBOUR

000343

004029

Full survey required (40 grab and 10 dredge samples)

 

Table 2. – Survey Locations Group 2

Site

SAC No

SPA No

Sub-tidal

Reef

Sub-tidal

Sediments

 

Lough Swilly

002287

004075

NA

Full survey required (40 grab and 10dredge samples)

DONEGAL BAY

 

004151

NA

Full survey required (50 grab and 10dredge samples)

 

Table 3. – Survey Locations Group 3

Site

SAC No

SPA No

Sub-tidal

Reef

Sub-tidal

Sediments

 

CLEW BAY COMPLEX

001482

 

limited additional sub-tidal survey in north of inner bay (40 grab and 10 dredge samples)

BLACKSOD/ BROADHAVEN

 

004037

Full survey required (100 grab and 20 dredge samples)

GALWAY BAY

000268

004031

Full survey required (50 grab and 10 dredge samples)

 

Table 4. – Survey Locations Group 4

Site

SAC No

SPA No

Sub-tidal

Reef

Sub-tidal

Sediments

 

BLACKWATER ESTUARY

002170

004028

NA

Full survey required (10 grab with some dredge samples)

BANNOW BAY

000697

004033

NA

Full survey required (10 grab with some dredge samples)

WEXFORD HARBOUR

 

004076

NA

Full survey required (40 grab and 10dredge samples)

 

 

Table 5. – Survey Locations Dundalk

Site

SAC No

SPA No

Sub-tidal

Reef

Sub-tidal

Sediments

 

DUNDALK BAY

000455

004026

NA

Full survey required (40 grab and 10dredge samples)