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Appropriate Assessment Screening for AMETS, Co. Mayo

Research Study Annex IV

Title: Appropriate Assessment Screening for AMETS, Co. Mayo
Start Date:
January 01, 2011
Research End Date:
November 01, 2011
Technology Type:
Info Updated:
September 23, 2014
Study Status: 
Princple Investigator Contact Information: 

Address: Loughaunbeg, Inverin Co. Galway

Phone: +353 (0) 91 442523


Project Description: 

This report forms a screening assessment under Appropriate Assessment requirements deriving from the EU Habitats Directive (Article 6). The report outlines existing ecological information available for the site, proposed methods of construction and possible impacts should the project proceed.

Funding Source: 


Location of Research: 

Atlantic Marine Energy Test Site, Annagh, Co. Mayo, Ireland

Key Findings: 

There will be no long-term fragmentation of the habitat. Reduction in species density in the intertidal area will be minimal and temporary. Most importantly there will be no changes to key indicators of conservation value.


Construction will take place outside the breeding seasons of resident or migratory bird species so as to minimize impacts on these species.


There will be no change to the key elements of the site including water quality and hydrology.


The positioning of an intertidal cable at Belderra Strand and the construction of a cable bay at the car park is not considered a threat to the conservation interests of the site.

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