Ireland positions to protect 30% of sea, including Gran Sol areas

Last February, the European Commissioner for the Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, Virginijus SinkeviciusHe presented the Action Plan, which is a road map framed within the scope of Biodiversity Strategy Among its goals, it identifies: Closing trawling in marine protected areasIt will need to be significantly expanded in the waters of each Member State between now and 2030. Currently, the majority of countries, such as Spain, keep a low profile on measures to be taken or have not taken direct action. something that makes sense since then Negotiations are expected between the parties. European Commission and Member States support the objectives. But, Ireland is already taking a position. It will decide on a law before the end of the year. It aims to cover 30% of its waters, including two large areas in the heart of the Gran Sol, a historic fishing area for the Galician fleet.

Biodiversity Strategy (EU Biodiversity StrategyOutlined by the Prensa Ibérica newspaper Fario de Vigo in 2020, it outlined a series of measures planned by Brussels to protect and improve “degraded” areas both on land and at sea. intention for water DG Mare (EU General Directorate of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries) publication of the said Action Plan. “Measures will be taken when necessary” Limiting the use of fishing gear that is most damaging to biodiversity, including the seabed”, read the Strategy in this section, pointing directly to the drag.

After several delays between 2021 and 2022, the plan is finalized Last February I officially saw the light. The text aims to veto trawling in marine protected areas (MPAs), whose surface will cover 30% of the community’s sea between now and 2030. phased implementation, but within just one year 20% of each member state’s waters will need to be covered by MPAs.

Despite opposition from the industry and countries like Spain who see this as an attack on their waterline –Impact studies requested “before moving forward with any plans”– Brussels appears determined to move forward and has shown no sign of wanting to postpone or delay its application for now.

In this situation, Ireland did not give up on taking steps. Just before the plan was presented by Sinkevicius, Dublin announces intention to establish two major marine protected areas covering 30,000 square kilometers Between the two, it completely affects the Porcupine fishery in the north of the eastern waters and the canyons in the south, right next to its exclusive economic zone. This was followed by another area in the Irish Sea where the Galician fleet did not fish..

The Irish Government further adds to this measure: Marine Protected Areas Law ProjectAiming to “create a modern framework to effectively identify and manage” these areas, with the idea of ​​contributing “to addressing the current climate and biodiversity crisis”.


Now Minister of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’Brienreaffirmed its original commitment and He noted that the plan is to reach this 30% by 2030. Without waiting for the impact study that Sinkevicius assured would be done.. Without seeing how the Commission’s discussions with member countries will result.

Drawing on a seminar attended by the European Commission in Dublin, O’Brien emphasized the following: Significant progress in Ireland In meeting the objectives to protect marine areas defined in the EU Biodiversity Strategy.” Regarding the law, he said, “It will legally support the designation of marine protected areas.” “These actions, along with the commitment of my department here today, demonstrate a genuine commitment to protecting our marine biodiversity“, He pointed out.

But O’Brien’s happiness is not shared by the Irish fishing fleet. On behalf of the Executive Director of the Fishermen’s Organization KillybegsSeán O’Donoghue’s “formal objection” to three new protected areas already established “Given the lack of scientific data” He did not receive a response from the government. “We believe this is a purely individual administration without prior consultation with other government departments and stakeholders; Therefore, this absolutely cannot be allowed to happen. It contravenes both good governance and best practice while using flawed technical and scientific advice”O’Donoghue emphasized.

Source: Informacion


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