Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) and Special Protection Areas (SPAs) are designated in response to the requirements of the EU Habitats and Birds Directives, to form part of the Europe-wide Natura 2000 network of protected nature conservation areas. This network is the cornerstone of Europe's nature conservation policy, protecting important habitats and also laying out a strict system of species protection in order to protect biodiversity.
The Department of Agriculture Environment and Rural Affairs' Marine and Fisheries Division maintains a register of Marine Licensing Information under section 101 of the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009. The table below provides a register of all our ongoing and issued marine licences in Northern Ireland. Please scroll across at the bottom of the table to view all content.