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    SAGB2013 Alan Law (Natural England) SAGB2013 Alan Law (Natural England) Presentation Transcript

    • Working with Natural England Alan Law, Marine Director, Natural England
    • Overview • Our relationship with the shellfisheries sector • Natural England’s role – Context to our work – Marine conservation picture – Defra approach to managing fisheries • Way forward
    • Natural England: perceptions of us Some people have the perception that Natural England is  Remote, specialised?  Detached from practical realities of business?  Opposed to development?  Uses legislation and evidence as obstacles? This is the exception not the norm but we want to work together with industry to address these concerns and improve the relationship.
    • Who we are and what we do  Statutory advisors on landscape and biodiversity o Deploying evidence o Remit to 12 nm  Act as Defra delivery body – licensing or designations o Not the policy maker or regulator  An enabler/finder of solutions o Advise regulators o Understand relevant industries
    • Developments in Marine conservation • European and UK designations – part of MSFD – SACs, SPAs, MCZs, SSSIs......... • Designations require advice on management and activity – Both current activity and future or planned activities • Designations create need for evidence – Both to designate and to monitor condition • Growth agenda – offshore renewables and Aquaculture – The environment an obstacle or an essential basis?
    • 6 MPAs - European Marine sites
    • MCZs 31 proposed for designation in first tranche out of 127 recommended sites
    • Natural England – marine work • Assimilating and improving the evidence base to enable Defra to make designation decisions • Reporting on the conservation status of marine features • Developing advice packages for industry and regulators – Helping to secure consents • Advising on new plans and developments • Advising on implementing Defra’s approach to fishery management
    • Defra approach to Management of Fisheries in European Marine Sites • Commercial fisheries in European Marine Sites need to conserve, and comply with legal obligations under EU Directives. • Existing local fisheries measures will not be re-visited if already compliant with the Habitats Regulations. • Fishing industry representatives are engaged in the process to design and implement the approach. • Approach is risk prioritised, phased, uses an evidence based Matrix. • IFCAs and MMO lead implementation, with support from NE
    • Implications of revised approach • For activities classified as red in this matrix Defra’s expectation is that (where required) additional measures will be developed by December 2013; The red classification only applies to certain types of commercial fishing practice occurring on highly sensitive habitats. • For activities classified as Amber or Green a further site specific assessment by the IFCAs/MMO will be carried out which will determine whether or not additional measures are needed – to be done by 2016. • For activities classified as Blue, there is no interaction so no further action required.
    • What is Natural England doing? • Providing data to IFCAs and MMO to identify red-features o help them be specific in measures they develop. • Provide advice on key issues o use of buffer areas o being proportionate on precautionary decisions. • Help build the evidence base for amber and green assessments to be carried out from 2013-16. • Work with industry and regulators to develop assessment methods.
    • What does this approach mean to aquaculture and shellfisheries? • Amber/green shellfishery and aquaculture activities will need to be assessed • We recognise that this is a significant area of work and we want to work with the SAGB to develop and deliver the solutions. • Much engagement already over ‘Appropriate Assessments’ – some very good practice • This will include developing assessment protocols, projects, and commissioning new evidence
    • Way Forward • Enhanced partnership working between SAGB and NE • Secondment of Rob Whiteley into the SAGB • Rob had 3 years working with fisheries in our Irish Sea Team, now working for Natural England’s national fisheries team • Starting June 2013
    • SAGB/NE secondment: outcomes sought • Review and revision of the NE/SAGB MoU • Develop guidance on the legislative process: • Build links between regulators and industry on Pacific oysters • Develop links between NE staff and aquaculture practitioners • Data collection with industry, especially around Defra’s approach to fisheries in European Marine Sites • Open communication channels – work together
    • Questions?