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Environment

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.

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S-BIO-1

Proposals that may have significant adverse impacts on natural habitat and species adaptation, migration and connectivity must demonstrate that they will, in order or preference:

a) avoid
b) minimise
c) mitigate significant adverse impacts

S-BIO-2

Proposals that incorporate features that enhance or facilitate natural habitat and species adaptation, migration and connectivity will be supported.

S-BIO-3

Proposals must take account of the space required for coastal habitats where important in their own right and/or for ecosystem functioning and provision of goods and services. Proposals must demonstrate that they will, in order of preference:

a) avoid
b) minimise
c) mitigate for net loss of coastal habitat

S-BIO-4

Proposals must demonstrate that they will avoid reducing the distribution and net extent of priority habitats.

S-DIST-1

Proposals, including in relation to tourism and recreational activities, within and adjacent to the south plan areas must demonstrate that they will in order of preference
a) avoid
b) minimise
c) mitigated significant cumulative adverse physical disturbance or displacement impacts on highly mobile species.

S-MPA-1

Proposals that support the objectives of marine protected areas and the ecological coherence of the marine protected area network will be supported. Proposals that may have adverse impacts on the objectives of marine protected areas and the ecological coherence of the marine protected area network must demonstrate that they will, in order of preference: a) avoid, b) minimise, c) mitigate adverse impacts, with due regard given to statutory advice16 on an ecologically coherent network.

S-MPA-2

Proposals that enhance a marine protected area’s ability to adapt to climate change and so enhance the resilience of the marine protected area network will be supported. Proposals that may have adverse impacts on an individual marine protected area’s ability to adapt to the effects of climate change and so reduce the resilience of the marine protectedarea network, must demonstrate that they will, in order of preference:

a) avoid
b) minimise
c) mitigate adverse impacts.

S-MPA-3

Where statutory advice states that a marine protected area site condition is deteriorating, or that features are moving or changing due to climate change, a suitable boundary change will be supported to ensure continued protection of the site and coherence of the overall network.

S-MPA-4

Until the ecological coherence of the marine protected area network is confirmed17, proposals should demonstrate that they will, in order of preference:
a) avoid
b) minimise
c) mitigate adverse impacts on features18 that may be required to complete the network
d) if it is not possible to mitigate adverse impacts, proposals should state the case for proceeding.

S-NIS-1

Proposals must put in place appropriate measures to avoid or minimise significant adverse impacts on the marine area that would arise through the introduction and transport of non-indigenous species, particularly when:

S-UWN-1

Proposals generating impulsive sound, must contribute data to the UK Marine Noise Registry as per any currently agreed requirements. Public authorities must take account of any currently agreed targets under the UK Marine Strategy part one descriptor 11.

S-UWN-2

Proposals that generate impulsive sound and/or ambient noise must demonstrate that they will, in order of preference:

a) avoid
b) minimise
c) mitigate significant adverse impacts on highly mobile species
d) if it is not possible to mitigate significant adverse impacts, proposals must state the case for proceeding. 

S-WQ-1

Proposals that may have significant adverse impacts upon that can be of benefit to water quality must demonstrate that they will in order or preference:

a) avoid
b) minimise
c) mitigate significant adverse impacts.

S-WQ-2

Activities that can deliver an improvement to water quality should be supported wherever practical.