Irish checklist:

No up to date checklist, but a recent list of all known Irish marine mammals in: National Parks and Wildlife Service, 2008. The status of EU Protected Habitats and Species in Ireland. NPWS, Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, Dublin.

Number of marine mammal species:

24 cetaceans + 2 seals

Primary sources of distribution data:

An All-Ireland Marine Mammals Database is compiled and managed by the National Biodiversity Data Centre and will be made accessible through Biodiversity Maps.

*Databases held by the National Biodiversity Data Centre and made accessible through Biodiversity Maps.

National conservation assessment:

Monitoring or repeat surveys in place:

  • Land-based monitoring (IWDG under contract to the National Parks and Wildlife Service)
  • Seal counts (NPWS rangers)
  • Ferry Surveys (IWDG)