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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 Environment Links UK colleagues 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. To prepare, the ELUK Groups are building groups of volunteers from within their membership with expertise on some of the key areas of interest within the UK Marine Strategy, including biological diversity, marine litter, underwater noise and more.

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 Plastics Group submitted a response to the Government consultation on extending the plastic bag charge to small retailers and increasing the price from 5p to 10p. Since the launch of the new Waste & Resources strategy, the Government is now seeking views on a number of tools and taxes to tackle plastic pollution. The Plastics Group will be looking to ensure a Deposit Return Scheme includes bottles of all sizes and materials, Extended Producer Responsibility is reformed and a plastic packaging tax is implemented to encourage use of recycled material rather than new plastic.

The Group continues to support Greener UK in its work on the Fisheries Bill and is 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: 28 February 2019