IWDG were disappointed to record two trawlers fishing in the Lower River Shannon SAC today. Vessels are allowed to fish within this MPA but the IWDG believes no fish should be removed unless it can be shown, to a high level of certainty, that it would have no effect on dolphins.
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IWDG were disappointed to record two trawlers fishing in the Lower River Shannon SAC today. They were first observed fishing off Ballybunnion Bank in the outer estuary this morning and were finally observed leaving the SAC around 4pm. They were not visible on marine traffic as there AIS was switched off.
We emphasize that there is nothing illegal about this activity, and the vessels are allowed to fish within this Marine Protected Area, which lists bottlenose dolphins as one of the qualifying interests. However it is the opinion of the IWDG that this is at odds with the purpose of an MPA.
Managing commercial fishing in SACs is the responsibility of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and The Marine Institute have previously carried out an assessment of the impact of fisheries on dolphins in the Lower River Shannon SAC, which the IWDG found to be totally inadequate. Included in this assessment was the opinion that bottlenose dolphins do not feed on pelagic prey and they referenced a study from New Zealand that used stable isotopes to determine diet. Interestingly this assessment is no longer available online (fishingnet.ie/). In the opinion of the IWDG no extraction of tonnes of potentially important prey should be allowed from the Shannon Estuary unless it can be shown, to a high level of certainty, that it would have no effect on dolphins. Unless this can be shown, pelagic fishing should NOT be allowed within the SAC.
Given the huge pressure mounting to designate 10% of Irish waters immediately as MPAs and up to 30% by 2030 surely it’s about time to properly manage existing MPAs, which have been designated under EU law. ... See MoreSee Less
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