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Marine and fisheries

The marine environment and fisheries

The Marine and Fisheries Business Plan 2006/07 pdf file (1.32 MB) sets out our priorities for this year's work relating to the marine environment, fisheries and the Marine Bill.

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Marine Biodiversity

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.

Marine Environment

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.


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.

UK Marine Policy

To help to deliver the Government’s vision for the marine environment Defra is preparing a Marine Bill.

Page last modified: 05 September 2007

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs