Last Chance to Contribute

Last Chance to Contribute

Be Part of Protecting Our Marine Environment and participate in the public consultation on the report ... ‘Expanding Ireland’s Marine Protected Area Network’

The deadline to contribute to the public consultation on the MPA Advisory Group Report ENDS on Friday 30 July 2021at 5pm.


We all enjoy clean waters, wildlife and the benefits of seaweeds and seagrasses while boating, so we encourage you to take a moment 'off the water' to give your contribution to the Expanding of Ireland's Marine Protected Area Network. Submissions, observations and comments on the report by the expert advisory group on marine protected areas (MPAs) are invited and welcomed.

You can 'sea' the Expanding of Ireland's Marine Protected Area Network report HERE.

Complete and submit the online survey

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% and the Government has commited to increasing this to 30% by 2030. The Government wants to hear about what you want and where.

To get involved, please use Chrome/Edge/Safari/Firefox browsers to complete and submit the online survey. (It may not load correctly on Internet Explorer) = you don't have to answer ALL the questions. We encourage you to answer what you can and contribute what you can to help us safeguard our oceans for future generations.

You have untill 5pm on Friday 30 July 2021 to let the Irish government know how you feel about their marine protected area report.

Please note that the survey is entirely anonymous and that it can be saved and stored temporarily before you complete it and submit it online.

Thank you to Vincent Hyland for a number of the images you see below.

Headline image - tired young Grey Seal pup - Vincent Hyland of Wild Derrynane

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