Marine Spatial Planning

MSP Platform website launch

www.msp-platform.eu was launched on the 1st September 2016. The website is the entry to a comprehensive service point for Maritime Spatial Planning in Europe. Users can find an array of information on MSP from all EU Member States and Sea Basins as well as searchable databases on practices, projects and funding opportunities from around all EU Member States and sea basins. The status and content of MSP processes from all European coastal Member States are highlighted on the MSP Platform as well as comparative overviews of national MSP and sea basin overviews. The EU MSP Platform website also features comprehensive and continuously updated News, Events and Training opportunities.

Biennial Conference 2016 – Registration now open!

Latest news: 27th September 2016
Registration for this event has now closed.

The Irish Sea Maritime Forum’s Biennial Conference which will take place on Wednesday 28th September 2016 at the dlr LexIcon, Dun Laoghaire, Ireland. The themes for this year’s Conference are Maritime Spatial Planning and Managing Dynamic Coasts. For more information on the Conference please see our Biennial Conference page.

Save the Date – ISMF Biennial Conference

We are pleased to announce that the Irish Sea Maritime Forum’s Biennial Conference will take place this year on Wednesday 28th September at the dlr LexIcon, Dun Laoghaire, Republic of Ireland. The main themes for the conference will be Maritime Spatial Planning and Policies for a Dynamic Coast. The conference is being held one day after DG MARE’s Atlantic Stakeholder Platform event which takes place in Croke Park, Dublin.

Further information on the ISMF conference and how to register will appear here shortly.

Sea Scotland Conference

The Inaugural Sea Scotland Conference will take place in Dundee on 15th-16th June 2016. This aims to bring together 150 stakeholders for Scotland-focussed dialogue and knowledge exchange to support a progressive approach to marine planning. The Conference will feature talks (including one from Charles Ehler of Ocean Visions Consulting), presentations and opportunities for networking with other organisations. For further information on the event and registration click HERE.

Irish Consultation on draft Regulations to transpose the Maritime Spatial Planning Directive into law

The Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government has recently opened an online consultation on draft regulations intended to transpose the European Union’s Maritime Spatial Planning Directive (2014/89/EU) into national law. The Directive obliges all coastal Member States to establish maritime spatial plans by 2021. Member States must transpose the Directive into national law by 18th September 2016.

DECLG is now inviting submissions on the draft regulations and have prepared a guidance document showing the relationship between the articles of the Directive and the regulations.This consultation on the transposing regulations is the first of a number of opportunities for participation that will arise during the MSP life cycle. Further details on the consultation, documents and where to send comments can be found on the DECLG website. This consultation will close on Friday 6th May 2016.

Marine Planning in North West England – Drop-In Events

As part of the roll-out of new Marine Plans for the North West of England a number of drop-in events for members of the public to attend are being held by the Marine Management Organisation from 18th-20th April. The events are an introduction to marine planning, for you to meet your local marine planner and to find out more about what marine planning involves, and how you can get involved. The MMO will also be demonstrating their Marine Information System and the evidence base where you can view some of the evidence they have already gathered for your area.

The events are open sessions, including a number of scheduled presentations on marine planning. These will be held hourly, beginning at the start times shown below.

As part of the events you will also be able to find out more about our consultations on the Statement of Public Participation and the Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report. The Statement of Participation includes details on how and when and to whom the MMO will engage with through the marine planning process. The Sustainability Appraisal assesses the social, economic and environmental impacts of a marine plan.

To find out more details and to register please click HERE

(Similar events are also being held for the North East, South East and South West Marine Plan areas)

Marine in Planning in England: Latest from the MMO

In their latest Marine Developments blog, the Marine Management Organisation has begun to set out how it will undertake the process of developing marine plans for the remaining English regions – this includes the Irish Sea-facing area of North West England. Marine plans for the remaining four areas (North West, South West, North East and South East) will be prepared simultaneously, with consultation on Statements of Public Participation and Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Reports expected to begin in April. You can read the full blog from the MMO here. We will provide more updates on marine planning in the North West as the process gathers pace.

New Board Members sought for North West IFCA

The Marine Management Organisation are currently recruiting two new voluntary Board Members for the North West England Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority.

The members of the IFCA contribute their knowledge and experience to provide sustainable management of the inshore marine area of their IFCA district. They guide the IFCA to deliver its mandate under the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009 and in line with Defra guidance.

Details of the application process and criteria for the appointments can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/marine-management-organisation/about/recruitment.  The closing date for applications is 15th February 2016.

Marine Scotland’s first national survey of coastal and marine recreation and tourism

Marine Scotland is launching its first national survey of recreation and tourism around the Scottish coast and seas. It covers a vast array of activities and tourism businesses in, on or next to the sea.

The survey, run by consultancy LUC, aims to provide data to support marine planning and is a partnership between Marine Scotland, Firth of Clyde Forum, Scottish Coastal Forum, The Crown Estate, VisitScotland, sportscotland, WHAM, Royal Yachting Association, British Marine (Scotland), Sail Scotland and Scottish Canals.

The survey is online at www.marinerecreationandtourism.scot. It will run from 1st August until 31st October 2015.

The survey coincides with the development of a new suite of Regional Marine Plans covering Scotland’s coast and seas and related work such as the pilot Pentland Firth and Orkney Waters plan, currently out for consultation.

By telling us who does what and where, the survey will help ensure these plans reflect Scotland’s unique opportunities for activities such as kayaking, sailing, wildlife watching or simply playing about with a frisbee on the beach. It will help recreation be appropriately recognised in the planning process, providing the kind of information we hold for other activities like shipping, off-shore renewables and fish farming. It will also help justify and guide future investment in facilities and infrastructure.

Scotland’s National Marine Plan

Scotland’s first National Marine Plan was laid before Parliament last Thursday, 11th December, setting out the Scottish Government’s Vision for the sustainable development and use of the marine environment. This follows consultation on a Draft National Marine Plan which took place during 2013.

The National Marine Plan encourages better management of the seas and aims to ensure sustainable economic growth of Scotland’s marine industries, while taking the environment into account. A sustainable approach to managing Scotland’s marine environment will ensure its resources are available for future generations to benefit from.

The Plan includes policies for the sustainable growth of fishing, aquaculture, salmon and migratory fish, oil and gas, carbon capture and storage, offshore wind and marine renewable energy, recreation and tourism, shipping, ports, harbours and ferries, submarine cables, defence, aggregates.

The National Marine Plan can be downloaded from the Scottish Government website.

FAQs on the National Marine Plan can be viewed HERE.