Marine Plans announced for England’s Seas

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© British Crown, NERC, SeaZone Solutions Ltd. All rights reserved. [SZ042010.001] © Crown Copyright and database right 2012. All rights reserved. Ordnance Survey Licence No. 100049981.

This week’s announcement by the Marine Management Organisation of England’s first-ever Marine Plans is a hugely positive move and shows progress for the marine environment and its ecosystems.

The East Inshore and East Offshore areas are the first in England to be selected for marine planning. The East Inshore area includes a coastline that stretches from Flamborough Head to Felixstowe.

The Marine Conservation Society welcomed the Marine Plan but raised concerns as to whether it will lead to sustainable development or over-use with an emphasis on growth and removing “red tape”.

The Wildlife Trusts, which have been active stakeholders in the development of the East Plan, believed that it merely describes the status quo without providing any clear direction for the development, use and protection of the specific waters for which it is designed.

The Environment Minister George Eustice commented; “By 2021, marine plans will cover the entire English marine area, supporting an estimated £50m of economic benefit each year and helping to promote sustainable development of the marine area”.

You can find out how the Marine Plans will affect your area through the Marine Information System– an interactive tool which highlights the policies that apply to your chosen area.

For more information on marine planning, go to
www.marinemanagement.org.uk/marineplanning/index.htm