Water & Marine: Conservation and Use of Marine Environment

These regulations deal with conservation of our marine ecosystems and aquatic life, and include a comprehensive licensing system for potentially damaging marine activities.

We want to hear your views on how we could reduce regulatory burdens, and improve implementation of these regulations; to ensure that we can deliver our policy aims and protect the Marine environment in the most effective way. For example, would it be possible to extend the number of activities in the marine environment that are exempt from the requirement for a marine licence, because they pose little or no risk to the environment or navigational safety?  This could be done by amending The Marine Licensing (Exempted Activities) Order.

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Deposits in the Sea (Exemptions) (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2010

Amends the exemption relating to the deposit of cable and associated equipment so as to remove the exemption from the requirement for a licence under section 5 of the Food and Environment Protection Act 1985.

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Domestic regulation

Deposits in the Sea (Exemptions) Order 1985

Order, which does not apply to Northern Ireland or to UK waters adjacent to Northern Ireland, exempts specified operations from the licensing requirements of Part II of the Food and Environment Protection Act 1985 (deposits in the sea).

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Deposits in the Sea (Public Registers of Information) Regulations 1996

Regulations prescribe the particulars of the matters to be contained in the registers of information in respect of the deposit of substances or articles in the sea or under the sea bed and the scuttling of vessels.

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Offshore Marine Conservation (Natural Habitats, &c) (Amendment) Regulations 2009

These Regulations amend the Offshore Marine Conservation (Natural Habitats, &c.) Regulations 2007 which make provision for implementing Council Directive 79/409/EEC on the conservation of wild birds and Council Directive 92/43/EEC on the conservation of n

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EU regulation

Offshore Marine Conservation (Natural Habitats, &c) (Amendment) Regulations 2010

Regulations amend the Offshore Marine Conservation (Natural Habitats, &c.) Regulations 2007 which make provision for implementing Council Directive 79/409/EEC on the conservation of wild birds and Council Directive 92/43/EEC on the conservation of natural

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Offshore Marine Conservation (Natural Habitats, &c) Regulations 2007

Regulations make provision for implementing Council Directive 79/409/EEC on the conservation of wild birds and Council Directive 92/43/EEC on the conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora in relation to marine areas where the UK has jur

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Marine Strategy Regulations 2010

Regulations transpose Directive 2008/56/EC establishing a framework for Community action in the field of marine environmental policy and extend to the United Kingdom.

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EU regulation

The Marine Works (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2007

Regulations implement, in relation to certain marine works, Council Directive 85/337/EEC on the assessment of the effects of certain public and private projects on the environment

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EU regulation

The Marine Works (Environmental Impact Assessment) (Amendment) Regulations 2011

Regulations make amendments to the principal Regulations consequential on the enactment of the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009 and the Marine Scotland Act 2010 which largely replace the marine licensing and consent controls previously exercised under P

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EU regulation

The Marine Management Organisation (Prescription of Powers to Fix Fees and Charges) Order 2010

Order prescribes certain powers of the Secretary of State to fix fees and charges for the purposes of section 17 of the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009.

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Domestic regulation

The Marine Licensing (Licence Application Appeals) Regulations 2011

Regulations establish an appeals procedure in relation to decisions taken under section 71 of the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009, they apply in relation to any area, and any licensable marine activity carried on in that area, for which the Secretary o

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The Marine Licensing (Notices Appeals) Regulations 2011

Regulations provide for appeals to be made to the First-tier Tribunal against certain notices issued under Part 4 of the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009.

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The Marine Licensing (Application Fees) Regulations 2011

Regulations apply in relation to any application for a marine licence in relation to which the Secretary of State is the appropriate licensing authority under the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009.

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Domestic regulation

The Marine Licensing (Delegation of Functions) Order 2011

Order delegates the exercise of certain functions of the Secretary of State as a licensing authority and an enforcement authority under the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009.

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Domestic regulation

The Marine Licensing (Exempted Activities) Order 2011

Order specifies activities which do not need a marine licence, or do not need a marine licence if conditions specified in the Order are satisfied, it applies in relation to any area, and any licensable marine activity taking place in that area, in relatio

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The Marine Licensing (Register of Licensing Information) Regulations 2011

Regulations prescribe the particulars of the matters required by section 101 of the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009 to be contained in the register of information maintained by the Secretary of State as a licensing authority.

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The Petroleum Act 1998 (Specified Pipelines) Order 2011

Order specifies descriptions of pipelines which are to be disregarded for the purposes of Part 3 of the Petroleum Act 1998 (other than for the purposes of section 24(2A), under which this Order is made).

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Sea Sand (Devon and Cornwall) Act 1609

Confers rights on residents of Devon and Cornwall and boatmen/bargement to remove sand for purposes of manuring land

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The Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009 (Amendment) Regulations 2011

This covers Part 4 on Marine Licenses (ch 1, 2, 3, 4, 5) of the Act

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The Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009 (Amendment) Regulations 2011

This covers Part 5 on MCZ/MPA network (ch 1) of the Act

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Tell us what you think should happen to these regulations and why, being specific where possible:

69 responses to Water & Marine: Conservation and Use of Marine Environment

  • Alec Taylor said on April 10, 2012 at 11:25 am

    It is particularly important that the importance of the marine environment (including the coast) is recognised through legislation and afforded as high a level of legal protection as practically possible. For too long, ecosystems, and the habitats and species which make up part of them, have suffered in large part due to human pressures and impacts, which are projected to increase signifcantly, and without statutory protection of the most important areas and a wider planning system that recognises the benefits of a healthy environment to all of us, further decline is highly likely.

    We have seen how regulations on pollution and waste water have signifcantly improved water quality in the last 30 years. The Marine and Coastal Access Act is less than three years old but is a huge step forward and the key provisions of it (especially planning, marine conservation zones and licensing) should be supported, while also supporting effective implementation of the Habitats and Birds Directives.

    The environment should lie at the very heart of all decision making in the UK, rather than as a competing interest, and any regulations that help to maintain or enhance marine ecosystems should therefore be regarded as supportive of, and essential to, the wider national interest.

  • Lindsay Sullivan said on April 6, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    The primary issue with Marine and Coastal Access Act is that the capacity it holds for improving the abundance and diversity of our marine species, and the health of their habitats, is not being utilised. The Act promised an ecologically coherent network of marine protected areas by 2012, which has not been delivered. I don’t believe that now is the time to begin scrapping, cutting or otherwise reducing crucial legislation that was only recently passed (2009) and has yet to be fully implemented. Our marine life and habitats, upon which we depend for so much, yet which has so little opportunity to settle, grow and thrive, must be protected with effective regulatory (not voluntary) measures, and soon. MCZs must be designated now and managed effectively for wildlife if we want to see the recovery of our seas.

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