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The 3rd Joint #Oireachtas Committee pre-legislative scrutiny meeting on the General Scheme for Ireland's #MPABill2023 took place on last Thursday.
The #IWDG, along with coalition partners, has identified a number of issues that should be addressed.

Policy Officer Patrick Lyne is in the Oireachtas today along with @FairSeasIreland @IrishEnvNet @BirdsMatter_ie @Irishwildlife to discuss the Pre-Legislative Scrutiny of the General Scheme of Marine Protected Areas Bill 2023.

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#RealVoices is a video series by @FairSeas. It seeks to give fishers and other stakeholders in our coastal communities a platform to talk about their experiences, concerns and hopes for Ireland’s waters.John Brittain is a Sea Angler based out of Clifden, a small coastal town in the midst of Connemara County, Galway. The ocean is a source of livelihood for John and his livelihood is dependent on it. John has seen amazing things while fishing, as well as worrying changes in the blue shark population and the size of some of our fish. He is in favour of Marine Protected Areas, but says they must include "proper management, communication, and consultation with everybody that uses our seas."John tells us how Marine Protected Areas could be a better solution for sustainability, a better way of life for seafarers, and a chance to preserve biodiversity. Watch the full video at Fair Seas: The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group are delighted to be project partners in this new marine protected area campaign. Building a movement of ocean stewardship, Fair Seas seeks to protect, conserve and restore Ireland’s unique marine environment.Real Voices is produced for Fair Seas by the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group.#realvoices #ocean #clifden #sustainability #sustainablefishing #coastalcommunities #irish #ireland #30x30 #marineprotectedarea #sealife #coastalliving #blueeconomy ... See MoreSee Less
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IEN Meeting with the Joint Committee on Marine Protected Areas Bill.The 3rd Joint Oireachtas Committee pre-legislative scrutiny meeting on the General Scheme for Ireland's MPA Bill 2023 took place on Thursday the 2nd of February.Generally, a very constructive engagement with the JOC. Issues raised by Wind Energy Ireland were very similar to those raised by IEN Environmental Pillar Speakers. Fair Seas Irish Wildlife Trust BirdWatch Ireland Irish Environmental NetworkIn no particular order:1.Lack of specific requirements and timelines in the Bill.2.Ability of the Bill to be interpreted to anything or nothing and leaving the minister with complete ability to decide what is appropriate.3.Need to extend consultation for MPAs from 4 to perhaps 8 or even 10 weeks.4.Need for 10% of marine area to be strictly protected.5.Need for grounds for ministerial decisions to be made public.6.Need for the state to be actively engaged in baseline data collection with particular emphasis on acoustic monitoring and developing and acoustic network.7.Need to establish responsibilities for enforcement, management and data collection. With necessity perhaps to equip and train the Navy in this new role.8.Target of “up to” 30% for marine area to be designated MPAs should have “up to” removed.9.Seabirds highlighted the need to have Irish designations used with 24 of 25 species on an amber list and not use IUCN and OSPAR designations as a guide.10.Need to consider co-location of MPAs with ORE sites was raised, though the preference among IEN members was to have distinct MPAs, co-location may offer benefits to some species.11.Conflict in Heads 14.2 which allows for licence holders to continue “without prejudice to existing rights” should MPA designation occur on the same site, should be changed to allow for phasing out of activities that are deemed not compatible with the particular MPA. See more at #MPAs #marineprotectedareas #JointCommittee #oireachtastv ... See MoreSee Less
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