Marine Guidance Documents

This page provides links to guidance documents that should be referred to when planning to undertake activities that may affect Marine Protected Areas, Habitats or Species.

Guidance for Marine Protected Area Assessments in the Northern Ireland inshore area

The documents contained in the link below outline to public authorities the various assessments that must be undertaken to meet the various legislative obligations for Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). This covers the Habitats Regulations Assessment for SACs, SPAs and Ramsar sites, ASSI assessment and the MCZ assessment. A link is also provided for the MCZ assessment template.

Guidance on noise management in harbour porpoise SACs

With relevance to Habitats Regulation Assessment for SACs, a link is provided to a page on the JNCC website which contains advice on what could constitute significant disturbance within harbour porpoise SACs in England, Wales and Northern Ireland marine areas. In addition, guidance is provided on a noise management approach to keep underwater noise within levels that do not affect a site’s integrity. 

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