State of the Seas report

AFBI have worked in partnership with the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) to produce the NI State of the Seas Report. This is the first time that a comprehensive report on the state of the seas around Northern Ireland has been published.

The report 

State of the Seas report cover
This is a key time in the management of our marine environment with the introduction of 3 new pieces of legislation:

  • EC Marine Strategy Framework Directive, 2008

  • UK Marine and Coastal Access Act, 2009

  • The Northern Ireland Marine Bill, which was introduced to the NI Assembly in February 2012

The report is largely structured around the new requirements of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive, although other aspects of the marine environment are also considered.

The production of this report is a major milestone both in terms of initiating implementation of the new legislation and in strengthening relationships between Agencies and Departments. All Northern Ireland Departments and Agencies with marine responsibilities will continue to build on this co-operation in the monitoring and management of our marine environment.

The report chapters

We would like to thank the following photographers for their contribution to the State of the Seas Report:

Arthur Ward, Robert Thompson, National Museums of Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland Tourist Board, Jeremy Gault and Tom McCann

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