Current Consultations

Marine Planning Events coming to a venue near you!

The Marine Management Organisation is launching a new round of engagement (iteration 2) on the draft visions and options for marine planning in each of the new Marine Plan areas – north west, north east, south west and south east. There will be full day workshops in each marine plan area supported by online engagement,

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Consultation – Welsh National Marine Plan

Closes 29th March 2018 The Welsh Government is consulting on a draft marine plan for Wales. As part of the consultation a series of public events are being held across Wales in January . These events are designed so that stakeholders can meet members of the marine planning team and discuss how marine planning may

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Consultation: Proposed MGN 581 (F) Registration surveys for fishing vessels under 15m

Closes 11:45 p.m. 29th January 2018 The Maritime and Coastguard Agency is consulting on a new system for Registration Surveys for vessels under 15m built before 16th July 2007 which wish to become fishing vessels. Merchant Shipping Notice (MSN) 1871 allows vessels of less than 15m built before 16 July 2007 to be considered by

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Consultation – Environment Agency enforcement and sanctions policy

Closes 11:45 p.m. on the 29th January 2018. The Environment Agency is consulting on proposals to update its approach to enforcement and sanctions. The Enforcement and Sanctions Statement (ESS) and Enforcement and Sanctions Guidance (ESG) documents were first published in 2011, with a revised ESG being issued in March 2015. However new government policies need

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Consultation: Marine licensing application fees: proposed changes 2017

Closes 11:45 p.m. on the 2nd February. DEFRA and the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) are asking for feedback on their proposals to revise the marine licensing application fees for the England, Wales and Northern Ireland offshore marine areas. The consultation includes proposals: to introduce an online self-service portal for Band 1 marine licence applications along with

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Consultation on Implementation of the ILO Work in Fishing Convention 2007 (ILO 188) into UK Law

Closes 11:45 p.m. on the 12th January 2018 The International Labour Organisation (ILO) Work in Fishing Convention no. 188 (2007) came into force on 16th November 2017. It entitles all fishermen to written terms and conditions of employment (a fisherman’s work agreement) decent accommodation and food, medical care, regulated working time, repatriation, social protection and

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Coastal Access Updates – including consultation on objections re Gretna to Allonby stretch

Natural England has published an update on progress on the England Coast Path in the North West. Importantly the Gretna to Allonby stretch is at ‘determination stage’ with a decision by the Secretary of State expected in late 2017. Currently the independent planning inspector appointed by the Secretary of State is inviting comments  by  midnight on 17th July on

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Closed – NW Marine Plan Iteration 1 – feedback needed!

Closes Friday March 31st 2017 The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) has launched a call for feedback on the initial outputs for marine planning in the remaining marine plan areas: North West, North East, South West and South East. There is an online questionnaire and the MMO is asking for feedback on: How the marine plans

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Closed – consultation: Solway Firth proposed SPA (proposed marine extension and site name change)

Closes midnight, 17th January 2017. Scottish Natural Heritage and Natural England are jointly consulting on the Solway Firth potential Special Protection Area (pSPA). This is a cross-border site and the new SPA will be formed by merging the existing Upper Solway Flats & Marshes SPA with a new extension encompassing the marine waters west of the

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Consultation – Managing the UK Queen Scallop Fishery

Closes 3rd January 2017 This consultation is being conducted on behalf of the five UK and Isle of Man Fisheries Administrations. It seeks views on the introduction of new management measures in the queen scallop fishery in ICES divisions VIa (north coast of Northern Ireland and western Scotland) and VIIa (Irish Sea). The purpose of

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