Closed – Survey on Impacts of non-licensable activities on Marine Protected Areas

Closing date: midgnight Friday 31st August 2018

The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) has commissioned the University of Hull’s Institute of Estuarine and Coastal Studies (IECS) to conduct a survey to gather local and regional evidence of non-licensable activities taking place in English inshore and offshore Marine Protected Areas (SPAs, SACs, MCZs).

This work will contribute to a robust evidence base on the full range and types of marine non-licensable activities, their spatial extent, current and potential intensity, and the risk of impact on designated features within English MPAs.

The survey takes the form of questionnaire which can be accessed from the link below. Participation in the survey is voluntary and all data will be anonymised. The survey should take approximately 20-25 minutes to complete.

Please click this link to access the survey

The survey asks for information on:

  • knowledge of non-licensable marine activities in specific MPAs including the extent, frequency, duration, and participation levels for different types of activity
  • the potential impacts of non-licensable activities on MPA features
  • current management controls

Non-licensable activities include most coastal recreational activities (but see the note below) and some other activities, a non-exhaustive list is given below:

  • Bait collection
  • Land vehicles – motorised (e.g. quadbikes, scramble bikes) and non-motorised (e.g. landboarding, sand-yachting, kite buggying)
  • Boardsports with sail (kitesurfing/windsurfing)
  • Light aircraft (motorised and unmotorised)
  • Boardsports without sail (surfing)
  • Motorised watercraft (power boating, parascending, yachts under engine, wakeboarding and waterskiing)
  • Coasteering
  • Non-motorised watercraft (includes sailing without an engine, paddle sports e.g. canoeing and paddleboarding)
  • Diving/snorkelling
  • Motorised personal watercraft (e.g. jetski, seadoos)
  • Drones
  • Wildlife watching (from the shore or from a vessel at sea)
  • General beach leisure (swimming, rockpooling, beach combing)
  • Geophysical surveys
  • Hovercraft

NB Recreational sea angling, anchoring and mooring activities, commercial fishing, shipping and dog walking are excluded from this study as they have either been assessed by other studies, do not come under the remit of the MMO, or have management structures that are less well defined.

Please contact either Sue Boyes ( or Steve Barnard ( on 01482 466762 for any further information.

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