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Planning & Environment 

Find out more about the issues that affect your boating.

Below you will find resources and practical advice for clubs and boaters on a range of topics including caring for the environment and keeping on the right side of planning and licensing laws.

For further information or specific advice, please email us at or call us on +44 (0)2380 604 223.

Practical Advice
A range of advice to save money, improve your boating, minimise health risks on the water and reduce your environmental impact.
Marine Licensing
All activities undertaken in tidal and coastal waters will need to comply with new marine licensing requirements.
Marine Conservation Zones
The Marine and Coastal Access Act created a new type of marine protected area: Marine Conservation Zones.
Offshore Renewable Energy Developments
Information about offshore energy installations around the UK coast and how the RYA is involved.
The Green Blue
The Green Blue is the environmental awareness initiative developed by the RYA and British Marine Federation (BMF).
RYA UK Coastal Atlas of Recreational Boating
Indicative cruising routes, general sailing and racing areas used by recreational craft around the UK coast.
Planning Regulations for Boating Facilities
These RYA guides aim to help you navigate the planning process so you can carry out work at your club more easily.
Flooding and Coastal Erosion
As an island nation the UK has long been affected by flooding, both coastal and inland.
Marine Management Organisation
The MMO is responsible for marine licensing, marine planning and marine conservation management amongst others.
Marine Planning
Marine spatial planning is a process which brings together stakeholders to make decisions about how to use marine resources sustainably.
The RYA looks at aquaculture and its potential to affect navigational safety.
Economic Contribution of the Recreational Boater
Understanding the economic contribution recreational boating makes to the UK and English economy.

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