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Marine Protected Areas Need Your Voice

Marine Protected Areas Need Your Voice


Give your input for the expansion of Marine Protected Areas

Leisure boaters need to make sure their needs are considered and included in the final outcome and this is your chance to make those needs heard.

The Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’Brien, TD, and Minister of State with responsibility for Heritage and Electoral Reform, Malcolm Noonan, TD, invite submissions, observations and comments on the report of an expert advisory group on marine protected areas (MPAs) entitled “Expanding Ireland’s Marine Protected Area Network”.

The aim of this public consultation is to invite you to share your views on the process by which Ireland’s network of MPAs will be expanded.

In general terms, MPAs are geographically defined maritime areas with certain protections for conservation purposes. The Government aims to designate 30% of our maritime area as MPAs by 2030. Currently, our MPA coverage is at 2.13%.

It is essential that they hear the voice of leisure boating activities and YOU have a chance to give you input.

This a lengthy form, but is well worthing taking some time to be heard. NOTE: Each statement / questions has a range of responses from AGREE to NO ANSWER. If you click on AGREE or NO ANSWER, it will NOT allow you to give comment and you can then scroll to the next question / statement. 

Go HERE to enter the EU Survey and give your input on ...

  • WHAT features of our marine environment should be protected
  • WHY they should be protected
  • HOW they should be protected

Full details and links HERE.

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