DAERA Marine and Fisheries Division main areas of work are detailed under the following themes:
- bathing waters
- marine conservation and protection
- marine conservation advice and guidance
- marine historic environment
- licensing - marine and wildlife
- marine litter
- marine Plan for Northern Ireland
- Marine Strategy
- Water Framework Directive
- marine monitoring
- shellfish waters
The Department is also responsible for the Coastal Community Fund, which is administered by the Big Lottery Fund. You can view the latest progress report on the fund in the Publications section of this website.
Why protect the coast and marine area?
At 650km in length, the coast of Northern Ireland is relatively short - yet it supports an exceptional diversity of marine wildlife and their habitats. The coast, and the seas around it, include highly productive and biologically diverse ecosystems, with features which serve as critical natural defences against storms, floods and erosion. A number of species and habitats are recognised as internationally important and the majority of the coastline is protected for its special interest.
This dynamic area supports tourism, agriculture, recreation, aquaculture, inshore fisheries, industry, commercial harbours and quays, as well as being used for waste disposal and power generation.
For any additional information, please contact Marine and Fisheries Division.