18th December

Low level public awareness on strategy to protect Ireland's marine environment

Shay Fennelly

Delegates attending a cross-border workshop organised by the Sustainable Water Network (SWAN) on implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) heard that Ireland submitted its progress report without consulting the public and that few people were aware of the Directive. 

Inisbofin. MSFD came into force in 2008 aims to achieve 'good environmental status' in the waters around Ireland by 2020. Photo Gillian Mills

Inisbofin. The MSFD which came into force in 2008 aims to achieve 'good environmental status' in the waters around Ireland by 2020. Photo Gillian Mills

The Directive requires the adoption of the ecosystem-based approach as a means of tackling threats and managing human activities while allowing sustainable use of marine goods and services.

In March 2012, the Marine Institute appointed RPS consultants as expert advisor and project partner in a €3m contract to ensure Ireland meets its obligations regarding implemention.

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