This area has high densities of bottlenose dolphins that are present here year-round. Clew Bay is one of a few Irish bays in which the critically endangered angel shark (Squatina squatina) and flapper skate are still found.
Ireland’s east coast is an extremely rich area for seabirds. The waters directly off Dublin’s fair city host the most important roseate tern colony in all of Europe. One of only two cod spawning grounds in Irish waters occurs along our east coast covering 65% of this ‘Area of Interest’.
The area is very important for several elasmobranch species. It has high densities of bottlenose dolphins and harbour porpoises year-round. This is one of the most important coastal AOIs for seabirds in terms of diversity and volume, with roughly 65,000 birds breeding here.
Tralee and Dingle Bays are breeding areas for several threatened species of shark, ray and skate. High number of bottlenose dolphins in Brandon Bay. Bridges of Ross, not far from Loop Head in Clare, which is an important migration bottleneck, with almost 60,000 birds recorded during a three-year survey period.
South East Coast Area of Interest for Marine Protected Area Designation Size of the area: 7,124km² The east coast of Ireland was identified as a high biodiversity ‘Area of Interest’ for potential Marine Protected Area designation, in our recent report ‘Revitalising Our Seas’. For the full site synopsis and references please find the relevant pages […]
Whales, whales and more whales. Our analysis has shown the waters off West Cork to be a real hotspot for the largest whales that visit our coast with the highest numbers of fin whales and Risso’s dolphins seen here.
Home to many breeding seabirds as well as endangered sharks, skates and rays. Some areas potentially act as nursery grounds for bottlenose dolphins and their calves, while Minke whales seem to favour the waters around St. Johns Point.
The north Donegal coast was identified as a high biodiversity ‘Area of Interest’ for potential Marine Protected Area designation.