The marine environment and fisheries
The Marine and Fisheries Business Plan 2006/07 (1.32 MB) sets out our priorities for this year's work relating to the marine environment, fisheries and the Marine Bill.
- 06 September 2007 - From 10 September 2007 the London-based staff in the Marine and Fisheries Directorate will be working from the 2nd floor, Nobel House, 17 Smith Square, London SW1P 3JR. Our email addresses will not change and phone calls will be forwarded for three months but you can ring 0207 238 3000 for our new numbers . The Marine and Fisheries Agency HQ is remaining in Whitehall Place.
- 2 August 2007 - New pages on Contaminated Marine Sediment launched
- 26 July 2007 - Fishing Focus Issue 7 published
- 20 July 2007 - A study on the impacts of the reformed Fisheries Partnership Agreements (FPA) made between the EU and developing countries has now been completed
- 3 July 2007 - Defra is funding surveys to help protect submerged habitats and heritage
- 26 April 2007 - Fishing Focus Issue 6 and Fishing Focus supplement: Marine Fisheries Science 2006/07 published
- 26 April 2007 - Marine Fisheries Science Yearbook 2006/2007 published
- 18 February 2007 - Consultation on UK oil spill treatment products approval scheme
The Marine Biodiversity Policy Team are responsible for the nature conservation Marine Bill provisions and transposition of the Habitats and Birds Directives in the offshore marine area. This includes policy on marine protected areas, ecosystem objectives, and marine species and habitat conservation.
- More information about Defra's marine biodiversity policy
The Government’s vision for the marine environment is for clean, healthy, safe, productive and biologically diverse oceans and seas. If we are to achieve this goal we must address issues such as the overexploitation of commercial fish stocks, the release of pollutants and the degradation of ecosystems through human activities, climate change and invasive species.
- More information about Defra’s marine environment policy
The Government aims to achieve a fishing sector that is sustainable, profitable and supports strong local communities, managed effectively as an integral part of coherent policies for the marine environment.
- More information about Defra’s fisheries policy
UK Marine Policy
To help to deliver the Government’s vision for the marine environment Defra is preparing a Marine Bill.
- More information about the Marine Bill
Page last modified: 05 September 2007