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Dundalk Bay MPA

Sea basin


Habitats: coastal/offshore

Single MPA or MPA network

Designation type

 Size (km2)

North East Atlantic Ocean



Single MPA

OSPAR site

52 km²

Main pressures on the environment


Fisheries and Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing

Best practices from this site

Management is based on 5 year Fishery Natura Plans (FNPs) which are subject to Appropriate Assessment including public consultation. There is an annual process of assessment, advice on the fishery and opening the fishery under various conditions. There is strong stakeholder (fisheries) engagement in setting the conditions of the management plan, fishermen are actively involved in the annual cockle survey with scientists and provide local knowledge that is important for survey logistics.


University College Dublin

Tasman Crowe