MCS welcomes new marine management body

Richard Harrington By: Richard Harrington
Date posted: 1 April 2010

MCS has welcomed the establishment of the brand new Marine Management Organisation set to operate as the ‘national champion of sustainable development in marine and coastal areas’.

MCS has welcomed the establishment of the brand new Marine Management Organisation set to operate as the ‘national champion of sustainable development in marine and coastal areas’. The new executive non-departmental public body has been created under the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009, bringing together key marine decision-making powers and delivery mechanisms to provide an integrated method of planning, regulating and licensing activity in the marine area. Melissa Moore, MCS Senior Policy Officer said “Having called for an MMO for nearly a decade MCS is thrilled to see it established. We hope that it lives up to our expectations of improving the sustainability of marine activities in it’s work of Marine Planning, fisheries management, licensing and enforcement of Marine Conservation Zones”. The MMO has incorporated the work of the Marine and Fisheries Agency (MFA) and has acquired several important new roles, principally marine-related powers and specific functions previously associated with the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and the Department for Transport (DfT). Among it’s tasks will be to implement a new marine planning system, to bring in a new marine licensing regime that is easier for everyone to use, to streamline the management and regulation of England’s fisheries, work with Natural England and the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) to create and manage a network of protected areas, marine conservation zones (MCZs), designed to preserve vulnerable habitats and species and to respond to marine emergencies with other agencies. Chief Executive Officer of the MMO, Steven Gant, said “This is an important day for the sustainable development of our seas. We aim to provide exemplary levels of delivery and public service in the marine area through a truly integrated approach to marine management.”

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