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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

In July, the working group submitted a response to the Government consultation on the third and final tranche of Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs). The Group welcome the 41 new sites proposed and advocate for their swift designation. However, they also call for the inclusion of additional new sites and features for existing protected areas because they believe without these, the ecologically coherent network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) around the UK will be incomplete.

The Government launched its consultation on sustainable fisheries for future generations in July. This vision outlines how they plan to manage fisheries after EU Exit. Over the coming months, the Marine Working Group will be joining with Greener UK to respond to the consultation, advocating that sustainability be put at heart of future fisheries management. This will be completed and published in September.

The Group continue to progress work on marine plastics, including responding to the Treasury’s consultation on how the tax system could be used to address plastic pollution. The submission, supported by 28 members from Link as well as organisations in Scotland and Northern Ireland, is expected to inform new regulations to reduce plastic consumption and pollution across England and the UK, likely to be announced in the Autumn budget this year.

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

Last updated: 31 August 2018

Useful links

Link's Marine Charter

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