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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: Chris Tuckett, Marine Conservation Society
Vice-chair: Alec Taylor, WWF-UK
Marine Policy and Campaigns Manager: Cecily Spelling, Link

Update from the Group

The Marine Group was anticipating ambitious action in the Budget to follow on from the Treasury’s consultation earlier this year on tackling the plastic problem. The Group submitted a detailed response to the consultation, in an effort to counteract lobbying from the plastics industry, along with preparing a briefing for Treasury officials and MPs. This briefing sets out the Group’s key asks on eliminating single-use plastics and was provided to the Treasury, Defra and a number of MPs.

Despite these efforts, the Group was disappointed with the measures outlined in the Budget and this was made clear in a Link press release, which received coverage in a number of news outlets including The Guardian, The Sun, The Daily Mail and the Ecologist

The Group continues to attend the EU Exit Marine Stakeholder Group meetings, convened by Defra. The Group is working with Defra and members of the Seabed Users Development Group to ensure the Statutory Instruments relating to the marine environment are transposed effectively. The Group is also discussing future metrics and implementation of the 25 Year Environment Plan.

The Group are continuing to support Greener UK in their work on the fisheries bill and are also discussing ways to progress work on Marine Conservation Zones, having responded to a consultation on the third tranche of MCZs in July.

For further information, contact Cecily Spelling, Link’s Marine Policy and Campaigns Manager.

Last updated: 6 November 2018

Useful links

Link's Marine Charter

23 new Marine Conservation Zones designated in 2016 - is this enough?