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Call for issues with supporting evidence for next phase of marine planning launched

The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) has today launched a ‘Call for Issues with Supporting Evidence’ for the north east, north west, south east and south west marine plan areas.

The MMO has today launched a ‘Call for Issues with Supporting Evidence’ for the north east, north west, south east and south west marine plan areas.

The call is the start of a conversation with stakeholders about what the opportunities, challenges and needs are for the marine plan areas over the next 20 years. It also is looking to gather evidence to support these issues.

Identifying and understanding the opportunities and challenges for the marine plan areas is critical to developing meaningful and tailored marine plans. Local, specialist and industry knowledge is at the heart of this, and their contribution is essential.

The call is open from today (Thursday 30 June) to Friday 5 August 2016. It includes information gathered on environmental, social, economic and governance opportunities and challenges for each of the marine plan areas.

There are also a number of workshops taking place in the coming weeks across the marine plan areas. For more information and to register for the workshop please select one of the workshops below. North East:

  • Newcastle: Tuesday 5 July The Discovery Centre 10am to 4pm
  • Darlington: Wednesday 6 July the Dolphin centre 10am to 4pm

North West:

  • Kendal: Tuesday 12 July, Castle Green Hotel 10am to 4pm
  • Liverpool: Wednesday 13 July, Radisson Blu Hotel 10am to 4pm

South West:

  • Plymouth: Tuesday 19 July, National Marine Aquarium 10am to 4pm
  • Bristol: Wednesday 20 July, Colston Hall 10am to 4pm
  • Falmouth: Thursday 21 July National Maritime Museum 10am to 4pm

South East:

  • London: Tuesday 26 July Kings College 10am to 4pm
  • Colchester: Wednesday 27 July, West Western 10am to 4pm

More information


An issue is an opportunity or a challenge to the marine plan area, that is likely to drive change (such as port infrastructure), or be affected by change (such as climate change) over the 20 years the marine plans cover. It must also be something that can be addressed, at least in part, by marine planning.

Issues must be supported by evidence. Evidence includes a wide range of types and sources including:

  • social, economic or environmental data
  • academic research
  • government policy
  • expert opinion

Marine planning evidence base

Evidence gathered as part of the development of the marine plans is published on our marine planning evidence base.

  • there are 11 English marine plan areas, including inshore and offshore areas. Each area will be covered by a marine plan by 2021 with a 20 year view of activities

  • marine planning addresses the key issues for the marine area, including the coast, estuaries and tidal waters, as well as developments that impact on these areas. The plans will include a vision, objectives and detailed policies on how these objectives will be achieved.

  • marine plans are used by public authorities as part of the decision making process for all new activities and developments in or affecting the marine area.

  • marine plans build on the requirements of the Marine and Coastal Access Act and the Marine Policy Statement.

  • more information on marine plans is available here