Additional environmental and ecological studies are required so that a comprehensive assessment of any potential impacts on the Rockabill to Dalkey Island candidate Special Area of Conservation (cSAC) can be made.  It was designated a cSAC in April 2013.

An application for Foreshore Licences will be made to the Department of the Environment, Community & Local Government (DECLG) for permission to undertake works in the foreshore. The Foreshore Licence applications will be accompanied by statutory public consultation organised by DECLG. Subject to the granting of a Foreshore Licence, marine investigation works will be undertaken in Summer 2015