Research and analysis
The intensity and impacts of marine recreation
- Marine Management Organisation
- Part of:
- Evidence and the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) and Marine environment
- 16 January 2017
Evidence requirement R090: The intensity and impacts of marine recreation
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The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) requires information on the intensity and impact of marine recreation on designated and proposed Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).
The MMO has identified the need to improve understanding of recreational activities within MPAs.
In particular there is a need to increase data on the intensity and impact of recreational activity to environmental features of importance within the current designated Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) and the further MPAs proposed under the Tranche 3 Marine Conservation Zone site designation process.
Stakeholder engagement is an important to the delivery of this project, in order to access the most appropriate data on recreation. Due to the number of activities, their impacts and the availability of data, research may prioritise activities and focus on spatial distribution and potential impact on priority habitats.
Marine conservation: Assess recreational activities within MPAs and better understand potential impacts. This will support proportionate and appropriate management of recreational activities within MPAs.
Marine planning: Continued improvement to the delivery of legal obligations and specific plan policies related to marine recreational activities.
Natural England, Cefas, JNCC, Defra
Published: 16 January 2017