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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: James Luetchford, Link

Marine Charter parliamentary drop-in event

Link’s Marine Working Group held a recent 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 Maskell MP, and Rt Hon Tom Brake MP.

Update from the Group

The Marine Working Group continues to work towards seeking the development of a robust Ecologically Coherent Network of Marine Protected Areas in UK waters by 2020. Over 140 MPs and Peers have now signed Link's Marine Charter in support of protecting the UK’s marine environment. Through the Group, Link members have also been active in shaping regional Marine Plans and recently responded to a key consultation on the Marine Management Organisation’s draft South Marine Plan.

The Group has an ongoing role in providing expert advice to Link’s 25 Year Plan Group on the marine component of the Government's 25 Year Plan. Once the Government’s consultation on the Plan is published, the Group will be contributing to Link’s response. The Group is also contributing to Legal Strategy Group and Environment Links UK work on preparing for the Great Repeal Bill, to ensure that as many EU laws as possible become or remain in UK law.

Finally, the Group recently contributed to a comprehensive and widely supported Environment Links UK and Microbeads Coalition response to the Defra consultation on proposals to ban the use of plastic microbeads in cosmetics and personal care products.

For further information, contact James Luetchford, Link’s Marine Policy and Campaigns Manager.

Last updated: 08 March 2017.