Defra: Marine Strategy Framework Directive - Putting in Place the Legal Framework for Implementation
(2009)
JNCC Consultation 0943
Submission by the Joint Nature Conservation Committee
Enclosed is JNCC's response to a consultation from Defra on the Marine Strategy Framework Directive; Putting in place the legal framework for implementation - wherein views are sought on the advantages and disadvantages of a single UK Marine Strategy as opposed to separate strategies covering the UK portions of the Celtic and Greater North Seas. Submitted on 22nd January 2010.
 
 

Summary of key points

 
Whilst JNCC recognise the administrative advantages associated with producing a single UK Marine Strategy, it is also our view that the environmental and management issues that are the subject of MSFD will benefit from reflecting regional differences within UK waters as well as at the subregion level (i.e. the Greater North Sea and Celtic Sea sub-regions).  If a single strategy is the favoured option going forward we believe it should be structured in a way that is able to reflect these geographical differences.  The distinctive environmental, ecological and human use characteristics of our seas should be assessed and managed at scales appropriate to the different parts of UK waters.  Our view is that the content of a single marine strategy could reflect this.
 
 
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Please cite as: JNCC Consultation 0943, (2009), Defra: Marine Strategy Framework Directive - Putting in Place the Legal Framework for Implementation, Submission by the Joint Nature Conservation Committee