Fair Seas: new campaign to protect, conserve and restore Ireland’s oceans
Fair Seas seeks to build a movement of ocean stewardship across the island of Ireland. Fair Seas aim is to see Ireland, with a renewed appreciation of the ocean, become a world leader in marine protection, giving our species, habitats and coastal communities the opportunity to thrive.
Fair Seas is a collaborative campaign between leading Irish national environmental NGOs to conserve and restore Irish ocean life. The campaign is calling for greater Marine Protected Areas that will benefit both people and planet.
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You can now follow Fair Seas on Facebook – Twitter – Instagram – Linked’In – YouTube or you can head to www.fairseas.ie to learn more.
Read about the women involved in the campaign celebrated on International Women’s Day.
About Marine Protected Areas
A Marine Protected Area (MPA) is a part of the ocean that is protected by laws to conserve species, habitats and ecosystems. MPAs are a vital tool in improving ocean health. Today Ireland’s MPA coverage is at a mere 2.13%. Fair Seas is calling for at least 10% of Irish waters to be designated as ‘Fully Protected’ by 2025 and at least 30% by 2030.There is currently no definition of a ‘Marine Protected Area’ in Irish law. Fair Seas is urgently asking the Irish government to create robust and ambitious legislation so that our waters can be effectively protected, managed and monitored right out to the edge of the continental shelf.
Irelands MPA legislation, designation and management must be based on the best available scientific advice and be informed by early and sustained engagement with stakeholders and communities.
Fair Seas will publish its first expert report underpinned by scientific data in summer 2022, which will identify where we need MPAs in Irish waters.
Fair Seas is supported by several national environmental NGOs including; Birdwatch Ireland, Coastwatch, Coomhola Salmon Trust, Friends of the Irish Environment, Irish Environmental Network, Irish Wildlife Trust, Irish Whale and Dolphin Group and SWAN.