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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

The Marine Working Group continues work towards seeking the development of a UK ecologically coherent network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). The group is advocating that a much-needed, ambitious and comprehensive third tranche of Marine Conservation Zones designations in English and Secretary of State Waters be 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 support a coherent, well-managed network of MPAs and 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 MPAs in UK seas.

As part of this work, the group has been developing a submission for the Environmental Audit Committee’s MPA revisited inquiry.

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

Last updated: 30 September 2016