Our seas are subject to competing demands, pollution and other damage, and yet the ecosystem services
they provide are invaluable (eg regulation of climate change, flood risk and water quality and cultural
services such as recreation).
The current system for management is ad hoc, inconsistent, incoherent and fails to fully consider the cumulative impact the decisions we take have on the environment. It is also considered to be a burden to both regulators and industry acting as a barrier to economic growth.