Voluntary Marine Protected Areas

The Community Engagement Project is focused on getting local people to support voluntary protection of their local coasts and seas, ultimately through setting up Voluntary Marine Protected Areas on the above coasts

As a voluntary designation, the role of a Voluntary Marine Protected Area is not to impose restrictions but to engage communities and encourage sensible use of the natural resources in the area. In doing so, the marine environment of the local area can be protected for future generations to enjoy!

Cornwall Wildlife Trust's coastal community projects offer some great examples of voluntary protection.

Here in Northern Ireland, the Living Seas Community Engagement Project has been laying important groundwork, creating vital resources and delivering fantastic events all over the country to try and discover some key areas of interest where support lies, both from local people and from other like-minded organisations and local councils.

We are currently focused on the four areas of Glenarm, Rossglass, Groomsport and Portrush and aim now to build upon our relationships and partnerships in these unique and beautiful coastal areas.


If you would like to get involved in this project please email LivingSeas@ulsterwildlife.org

See "What's on" for future events in our VMPAs