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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 (MCAA) 2009. The Group also addresses the implementation of the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) and marine spatial planning, and monitors the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy.

Chair: Joan Edwards, The Wildlife Trusts
Marine Policy and Campaigns Manager: James Luetchford, Link

Marine Charter parliamentary drop-in event









In 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 in 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 event was attended by 17 Parliamentarians representing different parties and constituencies across the UK, and the Charter now has over 140 signatures from the current Parliament.


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 work towards seeking the development of a UK ecologically coherent network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). Over 140 MPs and Peers have signed Link’s Marine Charter in support of protecting the UK’s marine environment. The Group has also been active in helping to shape regional Marine Plans by responding to a key consultation on the consultation and the MMO’s Draft South Marine Plan, and is due to respond to the first round of development plans for areas in the NE, NW, SE and SW of England.

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 the wider Link response. The Group is also looking at ways to protect the provisions of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive and is contributing to theLegal 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.

The Group 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, and will shortly be responding to a new consultation on effective disposal of plastic bottles and coffee cups.

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

Last updated: 31 March 2017.