Consultation outcome

Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD): proposals for UK monitoring programmes

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

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We received 65 responses to this consultation.

The proposals have been updated following the consultation exercise and the final UK monitoring programme has been published in the UK marine strategy part two: UK marine monitoring programmes.

Original consultation


We are seeking views on proposed monitoring programmes to ensure we meet Good Environmental Status (GES) in the UK by 2020.

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Consultation description

This consultation seeks views on the ways in which we monitor the marine environment around the UK. Specifically, this is about how we monitor progress on achieving Good Environmental Status (GES) by 2020 as required by the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD).

The consultation covers monitoring proposals for each of the eleven Marine Strategy Framework Directive descriptors. These relate to:

  • biological diversity
  • non-indigenous species
  • commercially exploited fish and shellfish
  • food webs
  • human-induced eutrophication
  • sea floor integrity
  • hydrographical conditions
  • contaminants
  • contaminants in fish and other seafood
  • marine litter
  • introduction of energy (including underwater noise)

This consultation will be of interest to groups or individuals who use or have an interest in the sea, business users of the sea, national and local interest groups, statutory advisers and governments in other EU Member States.

Published 8 January 2014
Last updated 5 August 2014 + show all updates
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