Marine licence: Dredging
RYA lobbying to ensure that the new requirement to obtain a marine licence for maintenance dredging is proportionate.
The RYA keeps a watching brief on the marine licensing regimes administered by the Marine Management Organisation in England, the Department of Environment Northern Ireland, Marine Scotland and the Welsh Government.
The RYA wants to achieve
- A fair and proportionate licensing regime put in place.
- Small scale activities either exempted or fast-tracked.
The RYA has successfully
- Gained exemptions from the licence in England for small scale, low impact/risk activities typically carried out by clubs. Thereby helping to reduce the regulatory and financial burden on clubs.
- Secured Ministerial assurances in England during the passage of the Marine and Coastal Access Act (2009) that regulatory controls would be applied ‘proportionately to the risk and impact of the marine activity’.
- The marine licence system for maintenance/navigational dredging should be fair and proportionate, in terms of both the regulatory and financial burdens on clubs and training centres.
- Where appropriate small scale activities should be exempted from the rigours of the licensing systems and its associated costs.
The RYA is monitoring the changes to marine licensing legislation which affect dredging.
Requirement for Marine Licence for dredging delayed
As a result of RYA lobbying, the Government has extended the transitional period for marine licensing requirements for maintenance/hydraulic dredging. ... read more
RYA advises clubs and training centres to dredge before April 2012
Alana Murphy, RYA Planning and Environmental Advisor. ... read more
Changes to requirements for dredging consent
New requirements for dredging consent to come into force in 2012 ... read more