Damaging fishing activity will be prohibited in four Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) using new powers under the Fisheries Act. The four byelaws ban the use of bottom trawls, dredges, demersal seines and semi-pelagic trawls, collectively known as bottom towed gear, over certain areas. There are also additional restrictions in two of the sites preventing the […]

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An article in Yachting Monthly on the question of whether sailors should welcome or be worried by the expanding network of Marine Protected Area. The piece gives some of the background to MPAs in the UK and how this has evolved into the current suite of 127 Marine Conservation Zones.  Richard Hill, the Royal Yachting […]

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Part of the UK Government’s ‘Benefits of Brexit’ document contains a small section entitled ‘Flourishing offshore Marine Protected Areas’. The report talks of ‘one of the biggest challenges for the UK previously was securing other countries’ endorsement for offshore Marine Protected Areas management measures through the Common Fisheries Policy process. Now that we are an […]

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There are 48 MPAs in the Northern Ireland inshore region that cover 38% of the area. The latest assessments for both the Marine Strategy Framework Directive and Habitats Directive have identified that overall, the benthic habitats are not reaching the required status, and that the main pressure is from physical damage of the seabed from […]

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