Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) update

defraThe UK Government’s responses to the MSFD consultation and final Impact assessment have now been published. 

The final UK Initial Assessment and characteristics and targets of Good Environmental Status (GES), which will together form the UK Marine Strategy Part One, have also been published and submitted to the mission.

The Directive requires Member States to take measures to achieve or maintain GES for their seas by 2020. 

GES involves protecting the marine environment, preventing its deterioration and restoring it where practical, while using marine resources sustainably.  For the UK, the Directive is part of a package of policies, united by our vision for ‘clean, healthy, safe, productive and biologically diverse oceans and seas’.  The Directive’s aims are consistent with this vision and current policies, such as the implementation of the Marine and Coastal Access Act, and the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy will play a major role in helping us achieve GES.

The joint consultation between Defra, the Northern Ireland Executive, the Scottish Government and the Welsh Government was held between 27 March and 18 June 2012.   The consultation sought views on the implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD).  We are grateful for all the comments we received.

 See here for further details on the Directive, or if you have further questions contact Defra at: MSFDTeam@defra.gsi.gov.uk

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