Defra: The Marine and Coastal Access Act (2009) (MMO) Inshore/Offshore Boundaries
(2009)
JNCC Consultation 0946
Submission by the Joint Nature Conservation Committee
Enclosed is JNCC's response to the consultation from Defra on the Inshore/Offshore Boundaries relating to the Marine and Coastal Access Act (2009). Submitted on 12th February 2010.
 
 

Summary of key points

 
JNCC supports the consensus of the Marine Bill consultation responses that marine plan areas should be designated on bio-geographic areas rather than political boundaries. We also welcome that Defra are taking into account regional sea divisions, allowing for an holistic integrated ecosystem approach and aiming for consistency with European and international level considerations, such as MSFD and OSPAR.
 
The set of considerations proposed by Defra include the issues that JNCC see as a priority for consideration in the selection of marine plan areas, i.e. bio-geographic regions (Charting Progress regional areas), OSPAR regions, MSFD marine regions, ICES eco-regions and nature conservation designations.
 
 
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Please cite as: JNCC Consultation 0946, (2009), Defra: The Marine and Coastal Access Act (2009) (MMO) Inshore/Offshore Boundaries, Submission by the Joint Nature Conservation Committee