To preserve and protect the quality of the marine environment
To preserve and protect the quality of the marine environment through prevention of marine pollution from vessels and efficient and effective response to marine pollution incidents.
To secure the adoption and implementation of appropriate measures at national, EU and international level to protect and enhance the marine environment.
To promote awareness of the marine environment.
Current Key Issues:
Close monitoring of the status of the marine environment, working in co-operation with Departments and Agencies and with authorities in other countries including full participation in the activities of relevant EU and international organisations.
Adoption and implementation in consultation with interested parties of updated marine pollution prevention legislation and measures in accordance with accepted international standards and national requirements.