Presented to the Parliament pursuant to section 124 of the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009. Section 124 of the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009 sets out reporting requirements.
This report sets out the extent to which the marine protected areas network aims as described in section 123 of that Act, have been achieved, and any further steps required.
Establishing marine protected areas is a devolved responsibility. This report concentrates on the parts of the network that the Secretary of State has direct responsibility for, namely English inshore waters and offshore waters adjacent to England and Wales.
This first report covers the period ending 31 December 2012.