Marine Bill White Paper

Defra has published its Marine Bill White Paper. The white paper sets out a raft of proposals covering marine planning, the licensing of marine activities, marine nature conservation, managing marine fisheries and the creation of a new marine management organisation. By bringing together current regulation and agencies under one framework it is hoped that this will produce a more efficient system better able to balance competing demands on the marine environment.

The BES is responding. The deadline for responses is 8 June 2007.