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Mapping Ireland’s Invasive Marine Species.

Funding Programme:

European Maritime Fisheries Fund 2014-2020 (EMFF).

Funding Programme:

European Maritime Fisheries Fund (EMFF)


Completion Year:

Contact Person(s):

Caitriona Nic Aonghusa

Marine Environment | Marine Institute | Rinville | Oranmore | Co. Galway | H91 R673

T (direct) + 353 (0)91 387491 (caitriona[dot]nicaonghusa[at]marine[dot]ie)

Implementation Period:

Overall Budget: € 275.000,00

About the Project:

The project represents a part of the Blue Growth & Marine Planning Scheme, established under the Union Priority 6 (Integrated Maritime Policy) of Ireland’s EMFF Operational Programme. 

Invasive Alien Species (IAS) are recognized in numerous regulations as a key cause of the loss of native species and the reduction of biodiversity (e.g. EC 708/2007; S.I. 477 of 2011). The presence of marine invasive species can negatively affect marine-based industries such as aquaculture and shipping.  There are large gaps in the knowledge base around marine invasive species in Ireland.  This project is modelling and mapping Ireland’s Invasive Marine Species Spread and Impact Potential.  Enhanced knowledge that could map invasive species incidence in Irish coastal waters will greatly facilitate implementation of MSP and MSFD.

Project Outputs: 

  • Database of marine non-native species known spatial incidence accessible through Ireland’s Marine Atlas.
  • Maps of current incidence and distribution of non-native marine species.
  • Projection maps of potential spread of invasive species based on current incidence, and modelling of environmental suitability of uncolonised habitats (e.g., GARP model outputs) and document primary drivers of habitat susceptibility to alien taxa colonisation.
  • Summary report on potential management actions.

Project partners

  • University College Dublin (IE), Lead partner;
  • Marine Institute (IE).