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FIE receives approximately €10 - 12,000 per year for core funding . This core funding  originates from the Department of Communications, Climate Action and the Environment (DCCAE) Environment Fund, and the main sources for the fund are the plastic bag levy and the landfill levy. Environmental (Ecological) NGOS Core Funding (Trading as the Irish Environmental Network)  distributes this core funding to over 30 national NGOs including FIE.

FIE also applies for grants from other sources for specific projects. For example FIE have received small grants  from Patagonia ($4000 in 2012) towards our work on  peat extraction in SACs and from Lush (£3519 in 2014) for a GIS map of salmon farms and salmon rivers.

FIE also receives donations from the general public and any amount is welcome however small. FIE  receives between €500 and €1000 per year from donations. 


Key Directives:

All Directives have been sourced from

Environmental Impact Assessment
Council Directive 85/337/EEC of 27 June 1985 on the assessment of the effects of certain public and private projects on the environment.
(Consolidated 25 June 2003)

Strategic Environmental Assessment
Directive 2001/42/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 June 2001 on the assessment of the effects of certain plans and programmes on the environment

Habitats Directive

Council Directive 92/43/EEC of 21 May 1992 on the conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora (Consolidated 01/01/2007).

Birds Directive

Council Directive 79/409/EEC of 2 April 1979 on the conservation of wild birds (Consolidated 01/01/2007)

Groundwater Directive

Council Directive 80/68/EEC of 17 December 1979 on the protection of groundwater against pollution caused by certain dangerous substances (Consolidated 23/12/1991) (Repealed with effect from 22/12/2013 by the Water Framework Directive 2000/60/EC)

Urban Waste Water Directive

Council Directive 91/271/EEC of 21 May 1991 concerning urban waste-water treatment (Consolidated 20/11/2003)

Water Framework Directive

Directive 2000/60/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 October 2000 establishing a framework for Community action in the field of water policy (Consolidated 16/12/2001)

Public Participation Directive
Directive 2003/35/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 May 2003 providing for public participation in respect of the drawing up of certain plans and programmes relating to the environment and amending with regard to public participation and access to justice Council Directives 85/337/EEC and 96/61/EC - Statement by the Commission.

Access To Environmental Information Directive
Directive 2003/4/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 28 January 2003 on public access to environmental information and repealing Council Directive 90/313/EEC

Environmental Liability Directive
Directive 2004/35/CE of the European Parliament and of the Council of 21 April 2004 on environmental liability with regard to the prevention and remedying of environmental damage (Consolidated 01/05/2006)

IPPC Directive
Council Directive 96/61/EC of 24 September 1996 concerning integrated pollution prevention and control (Consolidated 24/2/2006)

Nitrates Directive
Council Directive 91/676/EEC of 12 December 1991 concerning the protection of waters against pollution caused by nitrates from agricultural sources Consolidated (20/11/2003)

1. Help our environmental watchdog. Contact the Department of the Marine about any concerns about fisheries in your area. Or Contact Us.


2. Don't eat overfished species.
The link below takes you to a website that offers a free pocket guide.


3. Lobby your elected representatives both in Ireland and in Europe.
Contact details for Irish Elected Representatives can be found on the political parties websites. Links are given in the index.


4. Support us and other organizations who are lobbying for protection and sustainable management of the Marine environment.
Links to marine protection sites are given in the index.


5. Tell other people what is going on.
No link needed for this - just tell your family, friends and work colleagues or the person next to you on the train!


Over fishing has a number of environmental impacts on the inshore environment. We are not the only species that need food from the sea. Marine species have no alternative food source and no shops to go to. Over fishing results in their starvation.


Local Extinctions particularly of Keystone species alter community structure often irreversibly. Bycatch is particularly wasteful and destructive.


Many Inshore areas are protected areas particularly estuaries and sand banks. These areas are vital for over wintering birds. Inshore regions are also important for juvenile fish which can be damaged depleting important offshore fishing stocks.


Bottom trawling, box and hydraulic dredging used to harvest bivalves damage the sea bed and can irreparably alter the natural communities and expose vulnerable marine organisms to predators. Hydraulic dredging fluidises the sea bed and fine sediments are lost. Tangle nets ,used for crabs and crawfish, catch indescriminantly.


Humans are part of the natural environment and inshore fisheries are an important food source. If we don't ensure sustainable management of all fisheries then it raises questions about our own survival as a species.