The MMO requires knowledge of which assessments submitted in support of license applications could and should be made publically more easily accessible, available, and how this should be done.
Currently, a significant number of assessments such as Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA) and Habitats Regulations Assessments (HRA), Water Framework Directive Assessments and Marine Conservation Zone (MCZ) assessments are undertaken in English waters to support marine licence decision making.
Previous assessments can be accessed through the MMO Public Register on a case by case basis. Decision makers need to be able to access numerous relevant assessments more easily.
Marine Licensing: Provide an overview of previous license assessments that might be useful for future applications and licensing decision making. Improve discoverability and accessibility to this information
Marine Conservation: Provide information for conducting habitats regulations assessments for European marine sites and impact assessments for management measures for Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).
To improve the use of assessments and monitoring reporting submitted to MMO.
The objectives are as follows:
understand what evidence is held within assessments to support licensing applications and in post consent monitoring reports submitted to the MMO
create a spatial tool to allow access to previous relevant environmental assessments in proximity to a specified location such as a licence application or MPA
The MMO Public Register can be queried to some extent on what assessments are attached to a licence application.
MMO1098 Access to industry data – this project assessed the potential for industry data submitted in support of license applications could be made more accessible. The project was a collaboration between MMO, MEDIN and Marine Scotland for the Productive Seas Evidence Group (PSEG).