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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: Sarah Stuart-Smith, Link

Update from the Group

This month the Marine Working Group held its second meeting for the year and is progressing work to seek the development of a UK ecologically coherent network of effectively managed Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs) and continues to liaise with the Minister, the Rt Hon George Eustice MP, Defra and Natural England to ensure that a much-needed, ambitious and comprehensive third tranche of MCZ designations is achieved. A consultation for these designations is expected in 2017.

Over 180 MPs have already signed the Marine Charter - Link’s call for the swift designation of a representative and well managed ecologically coherent network of Marine Protected Areas in UK seas. Further information on the Marine Charter is available here.

For further information on the group’s work please contact Sarah Stuart-Smith, Link's Marine Policy and Campaigns Manager.

Last updated: 27 May 2016