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Department of the Environment for Northern Ireland - Strangford Lough Proposed M.N.R. Guide to Designation 1993

The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Sir Patrick Mayhew, has announced his intention to declare the Strangford Lough area on the County Down coast a Marine Nature Reserve. He has been advised on this by the Council for Nature Conservation and the Countryside (CNCC)* and by the staff of relevant Government Departments. Strangford Lough has been recognised as an important site for marine biology for more than a century and has been used for the study of this subject for about 50 years. In the 1980s the Department of the Environment for Northern Ireland commissioned biological surveys of the shores and coastal waters of the Province. These confirmed the importance and generally good environmental status of Strangford Lough and the writer s recommended its conservation through statutory designation.

STRANGFORD LOUGH ECOLOGICAL CHANGE INVESTIGATION (SLECI) June 2004

The establishment of kelp grids for seaweed cultivation in the 18th Century marks the first aquaculture activity in Strangford Lough. Seaweed cultivation and harvesting for soda production probably continued for over 100 years until its demise in the 1830s when it became uneconomic (McErlean 2002). This period probably represents the greatest impact on the intertidal areas of the Lough in recorded history. Experimental studies into the growth of the oysters Crassostrea gigas and Ostrea edulis by Parsons (1974) and Briggs (1978) demonstrated the suitability of Strangford Lough for oyster culture and stimulated its development in the Lough. Consequently, aquaculture in the Lough, which started in the 1970s with a few producers, focused initially on oysters (Figure 1). For example, Cuan Oysters, which was established in 1974, played an important role in the development of aquaculture in the UK by pioneering culture methods for very small hatchery-reared oyster seed. Cuan Oysters is currently the major producer of oysters in Strangford Lough, and one of the main producers in the UK, handling over 400 tonnes of oysters per annum (http://www.cuanoysters.com/seafood/index.html). Aquaculture in Strangford Lough continues to focus entirely on bivalves but now includes mussels and scallops as well as Pacific and native oysters. This section reviews the development of aquaculture since the 1970s in the context of recent ecological changes and the Shellfish Aquaculture

Help shape this area’s heritage and your family’s future Our waters and coast have supported people for nearly 10,000 years.

We value this area’s peaceful yet wild beauty. Our wildlife is internationally important. Farming and fishing are part of our society and our heritage. Landscape and wildlife are at the heart of our growing tourism and recreation industries. We have the potential for more renewable energy generation. Challenges and opportunities include coastal erosion, derelict buildings, litter, protecting wildlife, competition from other tourism destinations, agricultural reforms and the growing leisure industry.

Strangford Lough SAC / SPA Management Scheme, Environment and Heritage Service, May 2001

People have inhabited the shores of Strangford Lough and used its resources for 9000 years. Today local people continue to play a very important role in shaping and managing the area. The past 20 years, however, have witnessed some dramatic changes in terms of the area’s socio-economic development. This is partly because Strangford Lough, one of the most important environmental sites in Europe, is not a remote wilderness but lies within an hour’s drive of Belfast city centre.

WETLAND OF INTERNATIONAL IMPORTANCE, RAMSAR CONVENTION STRANGFORD LOUGH RAMSAR SITE

Situated on the east coast of Northern Ireland, Strangford Lough is a large shallow sea lough with an indented shoreline and a wide variety of marine and intertidal habitats. The west shore has numerous islands typical of flooded drumlin topography. The Lough contains extensive areas of mudflat and also sandflats, saltmarsh and rocky coastline. This is Northern Ireland’s most important coastal site for wintering waterfowl, and it is important for breeding terns.

EC DIRECTIVE 79/409 ON THE CONSERVATION OF WILD BIRDS STRANGFORD LOUGH SPECIAL PROTECTION AREA

Situated on the east coast of Northern Ireland, Strangford Lough is a large shallow sea lough with an indented shoreline and a wide variety of marine and intertidal habitats. The west shore has numerous islands typical of flooded drumlin topography. The Lough contains extensive areas of mudflat and also sandflats, saltmarsh and rocky coastline. This is Northern Ireland’s most important coastal site for wintering waterfowl, and it is important for breeding terns.

Strangford Lough and Lecale Action Plan 2013 - 2018

Action Plan Aims Aim 1: To conserve and engage people with the built and natural heritage. Aim 2: To use Heritage to promote the health and well-being of local people and visitors. Aim 3: To build prosperity and facilitate Research and Development through the environmentally sustainable use of the heritage.