During the current health emergency, the Marine Management Organisation is continuing to provide vital services and support to our customers and stakeholders. Marine wildlife licence applications continue to be actioned, with officers available to help with queries related to wildlife licensing or to respond to incidents. Please contact us by email on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0300 123 1032.
Many marine species are protected by UK wildlife legislation from intentional or deliberate disturbance, taking, injury and killing, and in some cases possession or sale. These marine species are protected regardless of whether they are inside or outside marine protected areas.
The offences that apply will depend on the species, activity and location. The tables provide a summary of what marine species are protected and by what legislation. Please refer to the legislation directly for details of offences and defences, or contact the Marine Conservation Team at email@example.com for further advice.