Research and analysis: Managing Fisheries in Marine Protection Areas: Call for evidence

Marine Management Organisation

October 28
11:59 2020


Managing fisheries in MPAs: Call for evidence

The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) is the governments principal regulator for most activities in English waters. This includes the management of activities in marine protected areas (MPAs).

We are currently seeking views on our draft assessments of the impacts of fishing and non-licensable activities in five marine protected areas.

Managing fisheries in MPAs: Call for evidence

We are currently seeking views on our draft assessments of the impact of fishing in four offshore MPAs:

  • The Canyons Marine Conservation Zone (MCZ);
  • Dogger Bank Special Area of Conservation (SAC);
  • Inner Dowsing, Race Bank, North Ridge SAC;
  • South Dorset MCZ.

The call for evidence is now live and you can provide your views by visiting the dedicated consultation pages.

Managing marine non-licensable activities in MPAs: Call for evidence

The MMO is responsible for the management of marine non-licensable activities which take place within MPAs within 0 - 12 nm in English waters.

Marine non-licensable activities are those which do not require a marine licence. These include water-based activities such as sailing and motor boating.

We are seeking views on our draft assessment and management proposals for marine non-licensable activities in Studland Bay MCZ

Find out more about the management of non-licensable activities in MPAs.

What happens next?

We will review the information received during this call for evidence, alongside other information (including analysis of academic literature, fishing logbook and vessel monitoring system data) to update and finalise our assessments and, where necessary, develop formal management proposals.

The introduction of management measures will be subject to a separate process, including appropriate levels of consultation.

Published 28 October 2020

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