The Department of the Environment (the Department) has put forward four
proposed MCZs (pMCZs) including Rathlin, Waterfoot, outer Belfast Lough and
Carlingford Lough. This regulatory impact assessment (RIA), which has been
produced by DRD Economics Branch using information supplied by DOE,
assesses the impact of proposed marine conservation zone (MCZ) designations
in the Northern Ireland Inshore Region.
The assessment includes an outline of the conservation objectives, possible
management options for each feature and an impact assessment on activities
should the proposed management options be implemented. The management
options considered for each activity include ‘no management required’,’ reduce
or limit pressures’, or to ‘remove or avoid pressures’ altogether. Where
management is required (based on the level of exposure to, and sensitivity of,
the feature to that activity) the options recommended will be implemented as
management measures with reporting structures.