This report sets out our vision for the marine environment - clean, healthy, safe, productive and biologically diverse oceans and seas. It is underpinned by the principles of sustainable development, integrated management, the conservation of biological diversity, robust science, the precautionary principle and stakeholder involvement.
It outlines how we are adopting an ecosystem-based approach to marine management to better integrate marine protection objectives with sustainable social and economic goals. It covers the broad spectrum of policies that affect the marine environment. As well as describing past achievements and progress made, it contains new ideas and initiatives to turn our vision into reality.
These include initiatives to improve marine conservation and conserve biodiversity. They will also improve our management of our marine resources and develop scientific research and involve stakeholders. Our initiatives will also streamline regulation affecting development in coastal waters whilst protecting the marine environment. The report is a valuable first step in turning our vision into reality.