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Outlines how we plan to achieve Good Environment Status (GES) in our seas by 2020.

First published:
10 May 2019
Last updated:

This is a requirement of the Marine Strategy Regulations 2010. It is derived from the Marine Strategy Framework Directive.

Key aims

The key aims of the strategy are:

  • protecting the marine environment
  • preventing its decline
  • restoring it where practical
  • using marine resources sustainably.

The publication of the strategy is the result of:

  • regional working with all four UK Administrations and technical experts
  • using the Oslo Paris Convention (OSPAR) strategic network to support decisions and implementation

The strategy is divided into three stages and is reviewed on a six yearly basis. 

Marine Strategy part one: assessment of GES

The updated UK Marine Strategy part one has now been published. 

This strategy provides an updated assessment of our seas and sets objectives, targets and indicators for achieving GES over six years.

Marine Strategy part two: monitoring programmes

Part two of the strategy sets out the monitoring programmes to assess progress. We aim to achieve GES by 2020. Part Two was published in 2014 and will be reviewed in 2020.

Marine Strategy part three: programme of measures

The four UK Administrations produced a programme of measures. It went to consultation, and was published in 2015. It contains Welsh specific elements for delivery within the six year cycle. It will be reviewed in 2021.

Next steps

We are currently updating the UK Marine Strategy Part Two. An announcement on a public consultation date will be made soon.

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