Poots Launches Consultation On Marine Protected Areas

DAERA seeks views on the development of fisheries management measures for Marine Protected Areas. And he has included the establishment of scallop enhancement sites in the Northern Ireland inshore region.

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DAERA seeks views on the development of fisheries management measures for Marine Protected Areas. And he has included the establishment of scallop enhancement sites in the Northern Ireland inshore region.

The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) has launched a consultation on the development of fisheries management measures for Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) and establishment of scallop enhancement sites in the Northern Ireland inshore region.

The consultation is aimed at organisations, groups and people who undertake activities, or have a general interest in the marine area.  

Fisheries Minister Edwin Poots, centre, pictured in 2020 at Ardglass harbour with local fishing representatives : l-r Basil Wills, boat owner and fish sales: Dick James, Director, Ardglass Harbour Developments; Harry Wick, CEO, NIFPO; and Comgall Milligan, Director, C&O Milligan (pelagic processor) and chairman of Ardglass Harbour Developments (Ltd).

Launching the consultation, Minister Edwin Poots said: “The Northern Ireland inshore region supports diverse fishing opportunities that make important contributions to the economies of coastal communities. The introduction of changes to fisheries management regimes are intended to support fishing at sustainable levels while protecting the marine environment.”

In the Northern Ireland inshore region, fisheries management measures are proposed for nine MPAs, and the establishment of four scallop enhancement sites.

Minister Poots added: “The proposals outlined in the consultation reinforce Northern Ireland’s continued support for the UK wide vision for clean, healthy, safe, productive and biologically diverse seas. I am keen to hear the views of stakeholders to help inform these fisheries management measures.”

The closing date for responses to the consultation is 22 February 2021.

The consultation document can be found at:

 www.daera-ni.gov.uk/consultations/consultation-development-fisheries-management-measures-marine-protected-areas-mpas-and-establishment