Consultation Start: 27 March 2012
Consultation End: 18 June 2012
DEFRA would like to invite your views on their consultation paper on the initial stages of implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD).
The Directive requires Member States to take measures to achieve or maintain Good Environmental Status (GES) for their seas by 2020. GES involves protecting the marine environment, preventing its deterioration and restoring it where practical, while using marine resources sustainably. The Directive is very wide-ranging and sets out eleven descriptors of GES relating to biological diversity, non-indigenous species introductions, commercially exploited fish and shellfish populations, food webs, human-induced eutrophication, sea floor integrity, hydrographical conditions, concentrations of contaminants, contaminants in fish and other seafood, litter and noise.
The purpose of this consultation is to seek views on:
You can find the consultation documents at: www.defra.gov.uk/consult/2012/03/27/marine-strategy-framework-1203/
You can find more information on the MSFD including consultation Q&A and factsheets at: http://www.defra.gov.uk/environment/marine/msfd/
DEFRA welcomes your views and comments on the proposals. Please send responses by 18 June 2012 to:
For further information please contact:
Marine Strategy Framework Directive Implementation Team
Area 2D Nobel House
17 Smith Square
Or email: MSFDTeam@defra.gsi.gov.uk