Policy paper

Highly Protected Marine Areas

The paper outlines the rationale for Highly Protected Marine Areas, gives an overview of the candidate site selection process and provides consultation details.

Applies to England



The paper details why Highly Protected Marine Areas (HPMAs) are needed to protect and conserve our marine environment and why we want to introduce them.

It sets out how we worked with stakeholders and the process we used to identify candidate HPMAs.

The paper explains why management measures need to be introduced to manage pilot HPMAs once they are designated.

Details of the HPMA consultation and how we will engage stakeholders are provided, and the paper also sets out what the next steps are.

Published 6 July 2022