This contract has been awarded to The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group. As part
of Ireland’s conservation obligations concerning cetaceans there is a
significant requirement for the monitoring of species occurrence in all Irish
waters, including inshore waters and the coastal zone. The State also has a
legal obligation through the Habitats Directive to monitor key marine habitats
and species and to report on their conservation status to the EU.
In order to fulfil its monitoring requirements the Department of Arts, Heritage and
the Gaeltacht now invites tenders for the provision of ecological services to
carry out boat-based visual and acoustic surveys for Harbour porpoise in the
Blasket Islands SAC, Co. Kerry.