Review of Shellfish Water Protected Areas

Consultation opened on 25 March 2016. Closing date 24 June 2016.


This consultation seeks comments on the findings of the 2015 Review of Shellfish Water Protected Areas in Northern Ireland. It proposes that there should be no new or revised designations or de-designations.


Consultation description

The Shellfish Waters Directive (2006/113/EC) was repealed in December 2013 and subsumed into the Water Framework Directive(WFD) (2000/60/EC). The WFD established a legal framework for the protection, improvement and sustainable use of Europe’s water environment, based on a system of river basin management.

The Department monitors Shellfish Water Protected Areas in accordance with the requirements laid down in the WFD.  This latest review meets the Department’s commitment to review Shellfish Water Protected Areas every three years.

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