The Marine Biodiversity Scheme is established under Union Priority 1 (Sustainable Fisheries) and Union Priority 6 (Integrated Maritime Policy) of Ireland's Operational Programme (OP) under the EMFF and is co-funded by the Irish Government and the EU.
The scheme has three specific objectives:
- Reduction of the impact of fisheries and aquaculture on the marine environment, including the avoidance and reduction, as far as possible, of unwanted catch.
- Protection and restoration of aquatic biodiversity and ecosystems.
- Development and implementation of the Integrated Maritime Policy.