To date (as of Jan 2022), freshwater pearl mussel SSCOs have been published for just four SACs
Unclear why these sites are not the sites covered by the 8 sites within the FPM Project
Sub-Basin Management Plans
In response to a European Court of Justice case C-282/02 under the Dangerous Substance Directive,
Ireland put in place the European Communities Environmental Objectives (Freshwater Pearl Mussel)
Regulations 2009 (S.I.296 of 2009). These set out legally binding objectives for water quality in those
rivers inhabited by FPM and designated as SACs for the species, and require that the necessary steps
to reach those objectives are taken. S.I.296 also stipulates the following:
investigation and monitoring within each of the relevant 27 river sub-basins to establish baseline
conditions and threats and pressures to FPM; the preparation of a programme of measures needed to reach the ecological objectives in each relevant river; and the publication of a management plan for each sub-basin.
These management plans do not appear to exist ?
- 000197 West of Ardara/Maas Road SAC
- 002162 River Barrow and River Nore SAC (Nore only)
- 002165 Lower River Shannon SAC
- 002170 Blackwater River (Cork/Waterford) SAC
These SSCOs, while site-specific, have general application as they utilise standard lists of attributes for each habitat/species and contain useful notes. All SSCOs are “to restore the favourable conservation condition of the freshwater pearl mussel”. The freshwater pearl mussel is unique in having environmental objectives established in law (the European Communities Environmental Objectives (Freshwater Pearl Mussel) Regulations, S.I. 296 of 2009). SSCOs for the species include the attributes and targets established in these Regulations. They also include additional attributes, such as hydrological regime, and expand upon those contained in the Regulations (e.g. using redox measurement, in addition to siltation levels). The SSCO attributes are based on monitoring and research, and are detailed in Article 17 and freshwater pearl mussel monitoring reports.