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Irish MPA network expansion

Sea basin


Habitats: coastal/offshore

Single MPA or MPA network

Designation type

 Size (km2)

North East Atlantic Ocean


Coastal and offshore

MPA network

National parks

10,420 km²

Main pressures on the environment


Fishing and Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing

Maritime traffic

Infrastructure development (offshore and coastal)

Main Challenges

The current most important challenge the Irish MPA network is facing is the development of new national legislation, to underpin the further development of the network and ensure efficient MPAs. This is currently underway.


University College Dublin

  Tasman Crowe