NATURA sites designated by Ireland have the potential to impact on fisheries and aquaculture in those areas. In order to allow for the continuing activity of fisheries and aquaculture in NATURA sites the Dept of Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry has published Statutory Instruments which regulate and control by means of permits the conduct the activities.
SI 397-2010 European Communities (Habitats & Birds)(Sea Fisheries) Amdt Regulation 2010
SI 347-2008 European Communities (control on Mussel Fishing) Regulation 2008
SI 379 of 2009 amdt to (347 of 2008)
SI 346-2009 European Communities (Habitats & Birds)(Sea Fisheries) Regulation 2009
The European Communities (Habitats & Birds) (Sea Fisheries) Regulations 2009 provide for the Minister to finalise and publish a fisheries NATURA plan, the process whereby this plan is published including representation is contained in SI 346-2009.
Where the Minister publishes a NATURA plan he/she may issue a declaration, contravention of a Natura declaration constitutes an offence. the purpose of a NATURA declaration is to provide for the regulation of activities in the area subject to the plan, this will include:
- Fishing by class or description
- Prohibition of fishing gear by class
- Fishing by sea fishing boats of sea fishing boats by class or description
- Limiting fishing by means other than sea fishing boats
- Regulation including times; species.
Where the NATURA Declaration Requires the regulation of activities in the designated area by means of Permit, then the Minister for Agriculture Fisheries and Food Shall issue Natura Permits. Further information is available at this link: http://www.fishingnet.ie/sea-fisheriesinnaturaareas/naturapermit/