Collaborative Oceanography and Monitoring for Protected Areas and SpecieS
COMPASS will deliver the first fully coherent network of monitoring buoys across the regional seas of Ireland, N. Ireland, West Scotland.
The project aims to integrate the longest continuously maintained oceanographic monitoring stations in Europe. These stations will be fitted with equipment including oceanographic sensors, acoustic recorders and fish tracking technology.
As a cross-border project COMPASS aims to assist with the effective monitoring and management of Marine Protected Areas across the 3 regions.
The project will develop long-term monitoring strategies for protected species such as whale, dolphin, trout and salmon.
This project will provide essential infrastructure for baseline oceanographic and ambient noise monitoring.
It will also lead to the development of data management capacity across the regions supported by the project partners.
And finally, it will deliver of 3 regional scale models. These models will be designed to support the management of a cross-border Marine Protected Area network.
This project is supported by the European Union’s INTERREG VA funding programme to the value of €6.3 million. INTERREG VA is managed by the Special EU Programmes Body.