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Our seas and coasts are an important natural resource. They support a wealth of wildlife and many commercially viable fisheries.

They contribute significantly to sectors of our economy such as tourism, ports, shipping, and alternative energy production.

Marine Protected Areas, where the important species and habitats are, help us to think about the possible impact our activities may have on these areas and how they may affect the wildlife that live there.

Our vision is for clean, healthy, safe, productive and biologically diverse oceans and seas.

Latest news

17/02/17 - Pembrokeshire company awarded £5.8m contract for new Fisheries Patrol Vessels

The awarding of the contract follows a competitive international bidding process and means the vessels will be built in Wales, by a local company and provide skilled employment in Pembrokeshire.

14/02/17 - Statement of Public Participation

The Statement of Public Participation for the Welsh National Marine Plan has been revised as of January 2017.

08/02/17 - Cabinet Secretary announces support to help Welsh fishermen access millions of pounds of European funding

Wales’ fishermen and coastal communities will be able to access £60,000 of Welsh Government funding to help them make applications for millions of pounds of European funding, Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths has announced.

30/01/17 - Consultation on a revision to marine licensing fees and associated charges in Wales - Summary of Response

We would like to thank all those who responded to the consultation - a Summary of Reponses is available. We have considered all responses and intend to take the proposals forward as consulted upon. These will be kept under review.  

Legislation will be introduced to bring the proposals into effect.  The aim is to bring legislation into force from April 2017, subject to the legal process.  

Natural Resources Wales (external link) will be communicating the new fees and charges to marine licensing customers and making information available on their website.

03/01/17 - Defra Consultation on Changes to the UK Fisheries Concordat

21/12/16 - New cockle management regime for Wales

The Welsh Government plans  to hold drop-in sessions on a new cockle management regime for Wales  in January 2017.  These will seek views from all those who have an interest in cockle gathering. Register your interest here.

20/12/16 - UK wide consultation on proposals to ban the use of plastic microbeads in cosmetics and personal care products

A UK wide consultation has been launched to seek people’s views on the Government’s proposal to ban the sale and manufacture of plastic microbeads in cosmetics and personal care products.


Contact us 

If you would like more information then please contact us by e-mail: or by telephone:

  • Aberystwyth (General Enquiries, Policy and Quota): 0300 062 2184
  • Swansea (General Enquiries): 0300 025 2454
  • Holyhead (Compliance): 01407 765757
  • Milford Haven (Licensing and Compliance): 0300 025 3500.