Extended Timetable for Marine Conservation Zones

The Marine Conservation Zone (MCZ) Project’s timetable has been extended. The Irish Sea Conservation Zones (ISCZ) group recommended 19  MCZs in its project area; and ISCZ was one of four regional groups whose stakeholders worked together to recommend a total of 127 MCZs. What happens next?

  • 8th September 2011: ISCZ handed its final recommendations to an independent Science Advisory Panel for analysis; and to the Government’s statutory nature conservation advisers – Natural England and the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) – to write an impact assessment.
  • 15th November 2011: Richard Benyon, Fisheries Minister at Defra, extended the MCZ Project’s timetable.
  • July 2012: Natural England and the JNCC will provide the MCZ impact assessment and their formal advice to Defra.
  • End of 2012: Defra will run a formal consultation, when the public can have their say.
  • 2013: After the formal consultation, Defra will analyse responses and make any revisions to the impact assessment to help inform the Government’s decisions on designating individual MCZ sites.
  • 2013: Government will designate MCZs in phases, with phase one planned for 2013.
  • Management measures: to be decided by relevant authorities – including Inshore Fisheries & Conservation Authorities and the Marine Management Organisation – after MCZs are designated.

To read the Written Ministerial Statement, visit: http://www.defra.gov.uk/news/2011/11/15/wms-marine-conservation-zones/

Tags: , , ,