Report sets context for North Sea marine plans

The key issues facing planners devising a strategy to guide development and conservation in the North Sea have been set out in a report circulated by the government's marine agency this week.

Report looks at where conflicts might arise between different offshore uses and activities
Report looks at where conflicts might arise between different offshore uses and activities

The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) report looks at where conflicts might arise between different offshore uses and activities and how environmental considerations will be taken into account as demand for marine development grows. Key sectors it considers include fishing, renewable energy and oil and gas. 

The document has been released as background information for the UK’s first statutory marine plan, covering the East Inshore and East Offshore zone from Flamborough Head to Felixstowe. Work on the plan got under way in April.

"We hope the first two plans will go out to consultation in autumn 2012, but in the meantime we need as many people as possible to tell us what they think of the evidence we have gathered, including our understanding of the key issues," said an MMO spokeswoman.

The Evidence and Emerging Issues Report can be read here.


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