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The Marine Working Group works to ensure better protection of marine wildlife and effective management of our seas by seeking the full implementation of the Marine and Coastal Access Act (2009). The group also monitors the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy and the implementation of the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive.

Chair: Joan Edwards, The Wildlife Trusts
Vice Chair: Melissa Moore, Marine Conservation Society
Marine Policy and Campaigns Manager: Spencer Clubb, Link

Marine Charter parliamentary drop-in event

On 14 December 2016 Link’s Marine Working Group held a parliamentary drop-in event for the Marine Charter.

MPs and Peers were invited to show their support for marine protection by joining their many cross-party colleagues and signing the Marine Charter. Marine experts from our membership discussed with MPs the importance of the Marine Charter and why Marine Conservations Zones (MCZs) are vital to the future of our seas. The drop-in event was attended by 17 MPs & Peers, and the Marine Charter now has over 140 signatures from the current Parliament! MPs in attendance came from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland – as well as representation from across the political spectrum.

Photos: Dr Mathew Offord MP with Mel Moore (Vice Chair, Link Marine Working Group), Rachael Maskel MP, and Rt Hon Tom Brake MP.

Update from the Group

The Marine Working Group continues work towards seeking the development of a UK ecologically coherent network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). Over 140 MPs and Peers have signed the Marine Charter in support of protecting the UK’s marine environment. Members have also been active in shaping regional Marine Plans and recently responded to a key consultation on the consultation and the MMO’s Draft South Marine Plan.

The group has an ongoing role providing expert advice to Link’s 25 Year Plan group on the marine component of the 25 year plan. Once the Government’s consultation on the Plan is published, the group will be contributing to Link’s response. It is also feeding in to Link’s Legal Strategy Group and Environment Links UK work on preparing for the “Great Repeal Bill” to ensure that as much of the body of EU Law as possible is transferred into domestic law.

Finally, the group is currently working on a comprehensive response to the Defra consultation on proposals to ban the use of plastic microbeads in cosmetics and personal care products.

For further information, contact Spencer Clubb, Link's Marine Policy and Campaigns Manager.

Last updated: 17 February 2017.