MPA compensation guidance consultation

Closed 30 Sep 2021

Opened 22 Jul 2021


This consultation seeks views on the Best practice guidance for developing compensatory measures in relation to Marine Protected Areas, a future approach to strategic compensation, and how net gain and compensation can work together to deliver the best outcomes for the marine environment.

The government has developed this guidance as a framework to enable developers to consider how to reduce and mitigate impacts on the marine environment within MPAs and, where this isn’t possible how to deliver compensatory measures; and also to provide clarity on Defra’s expectations to marine industries, advisors and regulators.

Why your views matter

This is your opportunity to feed into the development of guidance and provide any additional evidence that might help improve the overall effectiveness and operability of the guidance.

What happens next

We will publish a summary of respones within 12 weeks of consultation closing - so just before Christmas 2021. We will look to publish a formal response and edited guidance by end March 2022 and will update this section with a link to page once all is published. 


  • Environmental campaigners
  • All Marine Users
  • Government Departments
  • Government Agencies
  • Devolved Administrations
  • Coastal Members of Parliament
  • Coastal local authorities
  • Recreation sector
  • Coastal Management sector
  • Aggregates sector
  • Energy sector
  • Ports and Harbour Authorities and Estuaries
  • Water/water Industry sector
  • IFCAs
  • Angling Organisations and Trade
  • Fishing Focus individual recipients
  • Local Authorities
  • Commercial Fisheries Organisations
  • Policy Teams
  • Local Authorities
  • All Defra staff and ALBs
  • Non-Government Organisation
  • Member of the General Public


  • Natural environment
  • Biodiversity
  • Climate change
  • Green infrastructure
  • Ecosystems services
  • Green economy
  • Sustainable development
  • National Adaptation Programme
  • Marine
  • Marine Conservation Zones
  • Marine licensing
  • Sea angling
  • Local environments
  • Science
  • Conservation
  • Construction
  • Marine Conservation
  • Consultations
  • Impact Assessments
  • DEFRA Policy
  • Policy and Delivery
  • Marine fisheries
  • Shellfish
  • Protecting wildlife
  • Whales and dolphins