Member State report / Art9 / 2012 / D9 / Ireland / NE Atlantic: Celtic Seas

Report type Member State report to Commission
MSFD Article Art. 9 Determination of GES (and Art. 17 updates)
Report due 2012-10-15
GES Descriptor D9 Contaminants in seafood
Member State Ireland
Region/subregion NE Atlantic: Celtic Seas
Reported by Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government
Report date 15/04/2013
Report access ACSIE_MSFD9GES_20130415.xml
GES component
9.1 Levels, number and frequency of contaminants
9.1.1 Levels of contaminants in seafood
Method used
Ireland has utilised the information sharing facilitated by OSPAR on existing methodologies and future developments for determining GES and environmental targets and indicators. The non-binding OSPAR ‘Advice Documents’ use the benefit of OSPAR expertise to set out common approaches for expressing GES and potential methodologies for developing targets and indicators. The OSPAR countries implementing the MSFD have collectively analysed and shared their emerging GES determinations and associated targets and indicators through the creation of an inventory of emerging national proposals. For the biodiversity Descriptors (including 1, 2, 4 and 6) OSPAR countries are sharing expertise on common approaches. An intensive programme of work is still continuing to coordinate national approaches to biodiversity targets and indicators, including the ongoing development of a proposed set of common OSPAR biodiversity indicators for MSFD. Ireland has also participated in EU coordination through the EU CIS process.
Marine reporting units
  • Irish Assesment Area
  • Irish Assesment Area
  • Irish Assesment Area
  • IntroHazSubstOther
GES description
Concentrations of contaminants in fish* and other seafood caught or harvested in Irish seas for human consumption do not exceed the relevant maximum levels listed in EU Regulation 1881/2006 (as amended). * Excludes finfish aquaculture and also diadromous fish and other wild species or stocks that migrate beyond the assessment area.
Threshold values
  • Irish Assesment Area = Relevant maximum limits set in EU Regulation 1881/2006 (as amended)
Threshold value unit
Threshold value units for PAHs is µg/kg wet weight; Dioxins and PCBs is pg/g wet weight; and Metals is mg/kg wet weight
Proportion of area to achieve threshold value
Not relevant
Reference point type
Assessment method
Assessment of concentrations of contaminants in seafood and compliance with relevant maximum limits.
Development status
Fully operational (in 2012)