Highly Protected Marine Areas - Call for Evidence

Closes 31 Oct 2019

Opened 3 Oct 2019

Overview

As part of the UK government’s commitment to leave the environment in a better state than we inherited it, an independent review of Highly Protected Marine Areas (HPMAs) - which represent the upper end of environmental protection - was publicly launched on the 8 June 2019.

The 6 month review, led by ex-fisheries Minister Richard Benyon MP, has been asked to recommend whether and how HPMAs could be introduced within English inshore and off shore waters and Northern Irish offshore waters and, if supported by the evidence, recommend potential locations for pilot sites.

A four-week call for evidence launches today inviting communities, industry and stakeholders for their comments on introducing tougher measures to help stop the impacts of human activity from damaging the marine environment. Views are also sought on which areas would benefit most from these extra protections.

If you would like to keep in contact with us, to express interest in this or any other Defra consultation. Please give us your details through the link below.

https://gov.smartwebportal.co.uk/defra/public/webform.asp?id=108&id2=1D06F7

Audiences

  • Charities/Voluntary Organisations
  • Environmental campaigners
  • Trade Unions
  • 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
  • Industries and professional services
  • Ports and Harbour Authorities and Estuaries
  • Water/water Industry sector
  • IFCAs
  • Angling Organisations and Trade
  • Fishing Focus individual recipients
  • Water Abstractors
  • Environmental professional services
  • Property Management
  • Local Authorities
  • Commercial Fisheries Organisations
  • Fisheries Producer Organisations
  • Transport Organisations
  • Local Authorities
  • Non-Government Organisation
  • Retail Industry
  • Landowners and their representative bodies
  • Fishermen
  • Water suppliers
  • Leisure industry
  • Tourism industry
  • Shellfish Cultivators
  • Environmental Health Officers
  • Public Bodies
  • Beach Users

Interests

  • Natural environment
  • Local nature partnerships
  • Biodiversity
  • Plants
  • Animals
  • Climate change
  • Green infrastructure
  • Ecosystems services
  • Green economy
  • Sustainable development
  • Flooding
  • Marine
  • Marine Conservation Zones
  • Marine licensing
  • Common Fisheries Policy
  • Fish stocks
  • Shellfish
  • Sea angling
  • Water quality
  • Water Bill
  • Water conservation
  • Bathing waters
  • Sewerage
  • Chemicals and pesticides
  • Noise
  • Local environments
  • Pollution Sector
  • Science
  • Conservation
  • Water Abstraction
  • Holiday Accommodation
  • Domestic Waste Water Systems
  • House Building and Planning
  • Watercourse maintenance
  • Water Act
  • Marine Conservation
  • Water Industry charging
  • Water Industry licencing
  • Policy and Delivery
  • Marine fisheries
  • Nitrates and watercourses
  • Shellfish
  • Access to countryside and coast
  • Hunting with dogs
  • Inland waterways
  • Rural economy and communities
  • Nature reserves
  • Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty
  • Conservation
  • Recreational sector
  • Wildlife crime
  • Non-native species
  • Whales and dolphins