The COMPASS project will deliver the first fully coherent network of monitoring buoys across the regional seas of the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and West Scotland. Integrating the longest continuously maintained oceanographic monitoring stations in Europe within a network of new buoys equipped with oceanographic sensors, acoustic recorders and advanced fish tracking technology, this exciting and innovative project will build cross-border capacity for effective monitoring and management of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). The project will develop long-term monitoring strategies for highly mobile protected species such as marine mammals and salmonids, and provide essential infrastructure for baseline oceanographic and ambient noise monitoring. The development of observational and data management capacity across the region will be complemented by the delivery of three truly regional scale environmental models, designed to support the management of a cross-border MPA network.
A €6.28million project supported by the European Union’s INTERREG VA Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).