Closed – Consultation on Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) Proposals for UK Marine Monitoring Programmes

This consultation runs from 8 January 2014 to 2 April 2014

Defra, the Northern Ireland Executive, the Scottish Government and the Welsh Government are seeking views on the UK’s proposed monitoring programmes to measure progress towards achieving and maintaining Good Environmental Status (GES) in their seas by 2020. The Marine Strategy Framework Directive requires that Member States put in place measures to achieve or maintain GES in their seas by 2020.

The consultation covers monitoring proposals for each of the eleven Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) descriptors.  These relate to:

  • biological diversity
  • non-indigenous species
  • commercially exploited fish and shellfish
  • food webs
  • human-induced eutrophication
  • sea floor integrity
  • hydrographical conditions
  • contaminants
  • contaminants in fish and other seafood
  • marine litter
  • introduction of energy (including underwater noise).

This consultation does not cover the UK’s proposals for a programme of measures for achieving GES as these will be covered in a further consultation in 2015.

Views are being sought from groups or individuals who use the sea for whatever purpose, have an interest in it, business users of the sea, national and local interest groups, statutory advisers to Government and Governments in other EU Member States.

Responses can be done via an on-line survey or alternatively written submissions may be made. To get more information, including the consultation document and consultation letter or to take part in the on-line survey see the following link:

Or contact: 

Marine Strategy Framework Directive Implementation Team
Area 8B Millbank,
c/o Nobel House
17 Smith Square

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