Session Two of the Fair Seas World Ocean Day Conference with Pristine Seas, National Youth Council of Ireland, RSPB & Blue Marine Foundation.
Fortunately, the process of developing and drafting Ireland’s new MPA legislation is well underway and Fair Seas have had the opportunity to feed into this process.
Until now there has been little-to-no oversight of the activities that are occurring on the high seas. This means that many activities such as deep-sea mining and industrial fishing that take place on the high seas are unregulated, unreported and sometimes illegal.
Ireland has been summoned to the European Court of Justice due to its persistent failure to meet its obligations under the Habitats Directive and properly designate Special Areas of Conservation (SACs).
One of the last strongholds of this species is Tralee Bay off the west coast of Ireland. We now have the chance to work hand-in-hand with the communities of Tralee Bay to safeguard one of the last remaining refuges for angel sharks.
There are at least 14 different species of cetacean had been recorded within the Greater Skellig Coast Hope Spot.