UK Marine Strategy Part 1 consultation

20 May 2019

 

Defra have recently launched a public consultation on the Marine Strategy Part One: UK updated assessment and Good Environmental Status (GES). This consultation covers the assessment of progress made towards achieving the targets set for GES in the Marine Strategy part 1 in 2012. These relate to biological diversity, non-indigenous species, commercially exploited fish and shellfish, food webs, human-induced eutrophication, sea floor integrity, hydrographical conditions, contaminants, Guillemot © Graeme Duncancontaminants in fish and other seafood, marine litter and introduction of energy (including underwater noise). 

 

JNCC made a significant contribution to the update and co-ordinated the development of assessments of GES for biodiversity in partnership with other organisations via the Healthy and Biological Diverse Seas Evidence Group (HBDSEG). We also led on the marine birds, marine mammals and benthic habitats assessments and, through development of the Underwater Noise Register, contributed to the assessment of underwater noise. These detailed assessments are available on the Marine Online Assessment Tool https://moat.cefas.co.uk/

 

The consultation also sets out proposals for updated high level objectives, targets and operational targets to be used for 2018 to 2024. These build on those set in 2012 and take account of the assessment findings and developments toward achieving coordinated targets, indicators and thresholds nationally, in the European Union and in the OSPAR Convention for the Protection of the North East Atlantic. You can state your views at https://consult.defra.gov.uk/marine/updated-uk-marine-strategy-part-one/. The consultation closes on 20 June 2019.