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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 is working with colleagues across Environment Links UK (ELUK) to prepare for the consultation on revisions to the UK Marine Strategy. The Groups are engaging with their relevant Government bodies to discuss the scope of the consultation. In preparation, ELUK are developing a joint campaign on the consultation and gathering volunteers with expertise on the different aspects of the strategy, including commercial fisheries, biological diversity and pollution. See the ELUK responses to the previous consultations on Parts One, Two and Three of the Marine Strategy (on targets/indicators, monitoring programmes and measures/actions respectively.)

The Plastics Group are developing their responses consultations on a Deposit Return Scheme (DRS), Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR), a plastic packaging tax and a consistent recycling system across England. The group are advocating for bottles of all sizes and materials to be included in a new DRS, an ambitious reform of EPR, a plastic packaging tax that covers a range of materials not just plastic and includes a variety of thresholds as well as a future proofed consistent recycling system for England. The groups overarching message for these consultations and Governments ambitions to tackle stem the plastic tide is the need for reduction of plastics and packaging materials as a whole, rather than a focus on recycling and alternative materials such as bioplastics and compostables.

In March, members of the Plastics Group launched a new report, calling for all non-essential single-use plastics to be phased out by 2025. Members of the Group also met with representatives from Treasury and Defra to discuss the current consultations on a number of tools and taxes proposed to tackle plastic pollution.

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

Last updated: 30 April 2019