The Welsh Government is seeking your views on the first Welsh National Marine Plan. The key purpose of this consultation is to explain how marine planning will be implemented in Wales and allow you to provide feedback.

The plan explains how government will manage the sustainable development of our seas, supporting blue growth across multiple industries while protecting wildlife, habitats, heritage and natural resources.

It sets out policies for future use of our seas which will need to be taken account of by developers in bringing forward new proposals and by public authority decision makers e.g. in determining marine licences.

Public consultation

Lesley Griffiths AM, Cabinet Secretary for Energy, Planning and Rural Affairs, said: “I am committed to a joined up approach to the planning and management of our coast and sea and achieving our vision of clean, healthy, safe, productive and biological diverse seas.

“As part of our approach to delivering the vision, I am launching a public consultation on introducing the first ever marine plan for Wales.  Now is the time to have your say on our proposals and help us make the most of the benefits provided by our marine resources both now and for future generations.

“We recognise that Wales’ tourism, transport, marine energy, fisheries, aquaculture, telecommunications, and aggregates industries amongst others are vitally important for our economy.

“The plan will support these industries and our coastal communities, allowing them to grow by providing an enabling framework for the sustainable use of Wales’ marine resources to support Wales’ well-being goals established by the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act."  

How to respond

The consultation and details of how to respond can be found here: https://consultations.gov.wales/consultations/draft-welsh-national-marine-plan

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Next steps

The RYA is now preparing its response to this public consultation.  During the consultation period, the RYA will be working closely with its regional network of volunteers to ensure that the interests of its affiliated clubs and Members are reflected in its response. For further information, email environment@rya.org.uk

A number of local drop-in sessions are being held across Wales:

Swansea 10th January
Saundersfoot 11th January
Bangor 24th January
Aberystwyth 25th January
Flint 26th January
Cardiff 30th January

These events are being facilitated by Pembrokeshire Coastal Forum on behalf of Welsh Government. To find out more about marine planning in Wales, watch this short animation here.

The Welsh Government's Marine Planning Team will produce a summary of responses to this consultation and will use its findings to finalise and adopt the first Welsh National Marine Plan.

The consultation closes on 29/03/17.

For more information please contact: marineplanning@gov.wales.

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Cardiff Conference

If you have an interest in the marine area - from watersports to fishing, conservation, renewable energy and everything in between - sign up to the Welsh National Marine Plan Conference to hear a more detailed insight into the Plan and its potential implementation.

The event is taking place on Tuesday, 20 February (10am - 4pm) at the Park Plaza Hotel in Cardiff and is free to attend, but registration is essential.

Facilitated by Pembrokeshire Coastal Forum on behalf of Welsh Government, registration for the event is available on Eventbrite.