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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

This month the Marine Working Group continues work towards seeking the development of a UK ecologically coherent network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) and held a successful parliamentary drop-in event on the Marine Charter on 14 December in proximity to the evidence hearings on the Environmental Audit Committee’s MPA revisited inquiry. The Marine Charter parliamentary event was attend by 17 MPs and Peers.

In the current parliament, now over 140 MPs and Peers have signed the Marine Charter in support of protecting the UK’s marine environment. We are seeking that a much-needed, ambitious and comprehensive third tranche of Marine Conservation Zones designations in English and Secretary of State Waters is achieved to progress efforts towards a coherent network across the UK. A consultation for these designations is expected in 2017. Environment organisations across the UK also support a coherent, well-managed network of MPAs.

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

Last updated: 15 December 2016.