Strategic Environmental Assessment and Appropriate Assessment of a Plan for Forestry and Freshwater Pearl Mussel in Ireland
Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine | Published November 17, 2015 - Deadline September 13, 2015
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The Freshwater Pearl Mussel (FPM) is a bivalve mollusc (shellfish) that lives in
clean, fast-flowing stream and rivers. It is Ireland’s oldest living animal, with
individuals reaching up to 120 years of age. The current population of FPM is
estimated at 10.99 million adults, and its distribution in more than 160 rivers in
Ireland is considered widespread. However, FPM is in severe decline nationally,
with the above population estimate representing a fall of 8% since 2007. A Plan
for managing forestry in Freshwater Pearl Mussel areas is required to help
protect the species and increase its population over time.
The overall purpose of the Strategic Environmental Assessment, Screening for
Appropriate Assessment, and Appropriate Assessment is to improve the quality
of the design of Catchment Forest Management Plans (CFMPs) for eight Priority
Freshwater Pearl Mussel catchments (listed below), and of a Forest Service
Forestry & Freshwater Pearl Mussel Requirements document in relation to
remaining FPM catchments. Together, both components represent the Plan for
Forestry and Freshwater Pearl Mussel in Ireland.
The eight Priority FPM Catchments are as follows: the Bundorragha (Co. Mayo),
Caragh (Co. Kerry), Kerry Blackwater (Co. Kerry), Owenriff (Co. Galway),
Dawros (Co. Galway), Glaskeelan (Co. Donegal), Ownagappul (Co. Cork) and
the Currane (Co. Kerry).
This contract relates to the provision of two separate reports on separate but
inter-linked and parallel processes:
1. A Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) of the Catchment Forest
Management Plans for the Priority 8 Freshwater Pearl Mussel Catchments, and
of the Forestry & Freshwater Pearl Mussel Requirements, applicable to FPM
sensitive cacthments nationally.
2. Screening for Appropriate Assessment, and Appropriate Assessment
(AA) of the Catchment Forest Management Plans for the Priority 8 Freshwater
Pearl Mussel Catchments, and of the Forestry & Freshwater Pearl Mussel
Requirements, applicable to FPM sensi