Thursday, July 18, 2024

Ireland Agrees to Join International North Atlantic MPA


Ireland has agreed to join the European Union and 14 other countries to set up a Marine Protected Area in the North Atlantic.

The North Atlantic Current and Evlanov Sea Basin Marine Protected Area (NACES MPA) covers 595,196 square km/225,942 square miles and will help protect seabirds in that region.

Up to five million seabirds across 22 different species — among them five that are threatened — call this area home.

According to Irish Minister of State for Heritage and Electoral Reform Malcolm Noonan:

“The designation today of the North Atlantic Current and Evlanov Sea basin Marine Protected Area, covering an area over eight times the size of Ireland, is a really positive development in the future protection of seabirds and biodiversity. Ireland will play a lead role in protecting this area, at the same time as we work towards creating a network of Marine Protected Areas to 30% of our maritime area by 2030.”

Read more about the agreement.

(Featured in Image: Feargal O Coigligh, Sarah Farrell, Minister of State for Heritage Malcolm Noonan TD, Richard Cronin, Oliver O Cadhla, Sorcha Ní Longphuirt; Credit: Irish Government)

John Liang
John Liang
John Liang is the News Editor at He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.