By DENNIS BROOKSLEE via The Irish TimesThe Irish Times/ReutersThe Irish Independent/APIn a bid to combat the problem, the government is set to unveil an updated watertight regulation that will apply to boats up to 4.5 metres in length, and to a further 4.6 metres for boats over 4.8 metres.
But despite the revised measures, many of the existing rules remain in place.
The rules are the result of a six-year process that started with the establishment of a marine marine wildlife research vessel in 2012.
The vessel was given the task of studying and monitoring the populations of several species of marine mammals and their habitats.
But in the first year of operation, only one of the vessel’s five scientists and a marine ecologist were able to record a full week’s worth of data.
That was because the vessel was too far away and the data had to be collected from a different location.
Since then, more than 1,000 marine mammal studies have been undertaken in both the North and South of Ireland.
The Irish marine conservation society is among those that has been calling for changes to the rules.
However, the new rules do not apply to all species of animals.
The Irish government hopes the new regulations will give marine conservationists greater confidence in the marine environment and provide better protection for marine life.
In addition, the marine regulations will also help tackle the issue of people using boats to kill whales.
The changes come after a number of other countries including the United States, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia and Malaysia have introduced similar regulations.
The International Association of Marine Mammal and Aquatic Conservation (IMAC) and the Irish Marine Conservation Society (IMCS) both welcomed the new proposals.
IMCS chief executive Brendan Coughlan said the new guidelines would make a huge difference to the lives of marine animals.
He said it was an important step to improve marine conservation and protect the species that are vital to the country.
“The changes are going to improve the life of marine life in Ireland and help us get better at keeping our oceans healthy,” he said.
The regulations are due to be published in the spring and will come into force in 2019.