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Environment Policy MPA1

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.

Policy Considerations

  1. Consultation with the appropriate decision maker – Natural England and Joint Nature Conservation Committee – should be considered to understand whether or how a proposal might impact on a marine protected area.
  2. Even if your proposal lies outside of a designated site, you may wish to consider consulting with the Marine Management Organisation and then the Joint Nature Conservation Committee and Natural England to establish whether your proposal may impact on a future MPA or on the wider network.
  3. In 2013 the government announced the designation of 27 marine conservation zones. Proponents may wish to consider recommended MCZs that are yet to be designated within a proposal.
  4. The Habitats Directive and Wild Birds Directive require areas outside of designated sites that are important for species or habitats for which MPAs have been designated to be considered. This would include foraging grounds for birds.
  5. As further guidance on an ‘ecologically coherent network’ is agreed by government, such advice may wish to be considered in strategic level assessments.

Marine protected areas

This plan policy references the following data sources:

Please contact the owner for the most up-to-date data for your decision-making activities.

Foraging ranges (summer)

This plan policy references the following data sources:

Please contact the owner for the most up-to-date data for your decision-making activities.

Foraging ranges (winter)

This plan policy references the following data sources:

Please contact the owner for the most up-to-date data for your decision-making activities.