- Populations of seabirds at sea
- Populations of cetaceans and seals at sea
- Populations of highly aggregated populations
a. Seabirds at colonies
b. Seals at haul out
c. Waterbird populations in intertidal habitats
- Coastal habitat landscape mapping
a. Intertidal habitat mapping; mussel reef
b. Vegetation mapping
c. Vegetation health
- Topographic digital elevation data and models
- Habitat use
a. Assessment of fishing effort by static fishing gears at sea
b. Aquaculture installations and habitat use; a rapid method to identify the real (site use) footprint of shellfish aquaculture
c. Interactions of wildlife and human activities at sea
The project has a 3 year duration and runs between 2018 and 2020.
In 2018 the project will deliver a survey of coastal areas of the Irish Sea from Dundalk to Skerries and off East Wexford to provide data on waterbird (intertidal) and seabird distribution and its relationship with fishing. The area supports important bivalve fisheries for razor clams, seed mussel and cockles but these fisheries may also deplete prey resources for species designated under the Birds Directive. The survey is in direct response to an appropriate assessment of the seed mussel fishery completed in 2018 which identified a gap in knowledge and a high uncertainty in the potential impact of bivalve fisheries on some bird species.
In 2019 and 2020 and in consultation with other end users such as NPWS, DAFM, Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government additional multi-disciplinary demonstration surveys will be designed and completed to deliver data products relevant to end users in the areas of policy, regulation and monitoring.
- Improved reporting capacity for Natura 2000, MSFD, MSP.
- Technology transfer from private sector to Marine Insitute re aerial survey methodology and analysis and management of high resolution and high volume images.