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The UK’s marine environment is extremely rich and varied, supporting a wide range of species of national and international importance. It provides vital ecosystem goods and services including provision of food and regulation of the climate. A healthy marine ecosystem is fundamental to supporting sustainable development,providing wide social and economic benefits.

Please use our interactive map to view and combine marine plan policy data.

References in marine plans to European legislation, insofar as it is currently or will become part of UK law after the UK leaves the EU, may require some changes in relation to our obligations under EC Directives that will not immediately be updated in the plans. Any such changes will be addressed when the marine plan is amended after the next plan reporting point.


Appropriate weight should be attached to biodiversity, reflecting the need to protect biodiversity as a whole, taking account of the best available evidence including habitats and species that are protected or conservation concern in the East Marine Plan and adjacent areas (marine, terrestrial).


Where appropriate, proposals for development should incorporate features that enhance biodiversity and geological interests.


Cumulative impacts affecting the ecosystem of the East Marine Plans and adjacent areas (marine, terrestrial) should be addressed in decision-making and plan implementation.


The risk of release of hazardous substances as a secondary effect due to any increased collision risk should be taken account of in proposals that require an authorisation.


Any impacts on the overall Marine Protected Area (MPA) network must be taken account of in strategic level measures and assessments, with due regard given to any current agreed advice on an ecologically coherent network.