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Evidence for the Welsh National Marine Plan

The marine planning system will support and guide the decisions taken on the use of our seas, in particular decisions authorising an activity or project.

A comprehensive and shared evidence base, provided by Wales' Marine Evidence Report (WMER) supports consistent, evidence based decisions.

Evidence to support the Welsh National Marine Plan (WNMP) will be taken from a wide range of sources including:

  • industry
  • organisations
  • coastal communities
  • scientific, statutory and other advisors
  • new, targeted research.

Marine planning related evidence will be shared on these pages.

The evidence that supports the WNMP includes:

  • The Strategic Scoping Exercise (SSE) – the process undertaken from 2014 to identify the best currently available evidence, highlight evidence gaps, inform the scope of the Sustainability Assessment and to form the basis for the production of the WMER.
  • Wales’ Marine Evidence Report (WMER) – provides an overview of the best currently available evidence on the state of Welsh seas.
  • The marine planning evidence portal – this makes marine evidence available spatially using an online mapping application.

Other marine planning evidence includes:

  • A spatial assessment of the potential for aquaculture in Welsh waters – which provides an overview of the aquaculture industry and an analysis of future opportunities arising and constraints.
  • A review of coastal partnerships and establishment of a spatial database on the marine planning portal.
  • A review of marine aggregates evidence in relation to interim Marine Aggregate Dredging Policy for Wales (iMADP) – Monitoring reports and other data for all Welsh marine aggregate licence areas active since 2000 were examined for any evidence of effects of dredging on the coastline.
  • Development of a Coastal Community Typology for Wales – In order to provide some understanding of this issue and to inform marine planning, research was commissioned to provide specific insights into the characteristics of Welsh coastal communities. The methodology used typology categorisation based on a number of socio-economic indicators.