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OUTER BELFAST LOUGH - Marine protected area (OSPAR )

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  • Country:
    United Kingdom
  • Name of MPA:
    OUTER BELFAST LOUGH
  • Designation in national language:
    Marine protected area (OSPAR )
  • Status:
    Designated
  • Status year:
    2017
  • WDPA ID::
    555624868
  • WDPA PID::
    555624868
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General information

  • WDPA ID : 555624868
  • WDPA PID : 555624868
  • Name of MPA: OUTER BELFAST LOUGH
  • Original name of MPA: Outer Belfast Lough
  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Designation in national language: Marine protected area (OSPAR )
  • Designation in English: Marine protected area (OSPAR )
  • Designation type: international
  • IUCN Category:
  • Reported marine area: 2,51 km²
  • Calculated marine area: 2,51 km²
  • Status: Designated
  • Status year: 2017
  • OSPAR region: Celtic Seas
  • Management authority name: Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs
  • Management authority web site:

  • OSPAR conservation objectives/aims:
    • Protect, conserve and restore species, habitats and ecological processes which have been adversely affected by human activities
    • Prevent degradation of, and damage to, species, habitats and ecological processes, following the precautionary principle
    • Protect and conserve areas that best represent the range of species, habitats and ecological processes in the maritime area
  • Site conservation objectives/aims:
    • To maintain, conserve or restore biodiversity, natural heritage, habitats, species or landscapes with legal protection status
  • Additional conservation objectives/aims:
    • Data not reported

Marine species and habitats

Warning : Non-exhaustive list of species and habitats with statuses, provided by the manager.

  • Inventory of marine species present with protection status
    • Species present
      Species under status
      Class WoRMS Code Species present
      (and which justified the designation )
      Bivalvia 138802 Arctica islandica ( ) registration lists
  • Inventory of marine habitats present with protection status
    • Present habitats (and which justified the designation )
      Espèces sous statut

      EUNIS habitats

      A5.2 Sublittoral sand ( )
      A5.3 Sublittoral mud

      Habitats listed by the OSPAR Convention

      Sea-pen and burrowing megafauna communities

Uses and activities

  • Human activities currently known to be occurring within the site:

Governance

  • Governing body:Data not reported
    • Structure(s) responsible for implementing management measures, the management plan and taking regulatory decisions and measures
      • National public authority: Data not reported
      • Regional or local public authority: Data not reported
      • International body : Data not reported

    Resources (staff, equipment and financial)

    • Number of permanent staff: Data not reported
    • Number of seasonal staff: Data not reported
    • Annual full-time equivalents: Data not reported
    • Number of MPA staff empowered to enforce the MPA regulations: Data not reported
    • Equipment and facilities available
      • Data not reported
    • Average total annual budget over the last 5 years: Data not reported euros
    • Average annual operating budget over the last 5 years: Data not reported euros
    • Average annual equipment budget over the last 5 years: Data not reported euros
    • Average annual external support budget over the last 5 years: Data not reported euros
    • Funding sources:
      • Data not reported

    Management plan

    • Is the MPA management documented? Partial
    • Comments : Potential management options and risk assessment with designation pack
    • Are the measures to achieve the conservation objectives being implemented? Yes
    • Comments : After recent designation of the MCZs we actively manage the sites in consultation with other Departments and Stakeholders to achieve Conservation Objectives. We plan to write up site specific management plans as soon as possible.
    • Is monitoring in place to assess if measures are working? Partial
    • Comments : Risk based ongoing monitoring
    • Is the MPA moving towards or has reached its conservation objectives? Yes
    • Comments : All features are in favourable condition. Monitoring is ongoing in the site until long-term management plans are established. Current monitoring data gives evidence towards the maintain objective being achieved.
    • Number of management plan versions since the official designation of the MPA:

    Regulation

    • National legal status:
      • Other (please specify) - WDPA ID = 555596166 (Marine Conservation Zone)
    • International legal status:
      • None
    • Type of enforcement within the MPA:
      • Data not reported
    • Human uses and activities in the MPA subject to regulations: None

    Monitoring

    • Type of monitoring programs implemented: Data not reported

    OSPAR criteria for designation

    • Ecological significance:
      • A high natural biological productivity of the species or features being represented
      • Data not available
    • Level of importance of the biological diversity: Data not available
    • Level of representativity: Very high / Outstanding
    • Level of sensitivity: Very high / Outstanding
    • Level of naturalness: High
    • Potential for restoration: Low / not significant
    • Degree of MPA acceptance by stakeholders: Medium
    • Potential for success of management measures: High
    • Potential future damage to the area by human activities: Low / not significant
    • Scientific value Medium

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      updated on 17/02/2016