Inquiry into Marine Protected Areas in Wales



The Climate Change, Environment and Rural Affairs Committee carried out this inquiry in order to:

  • assess the management of Welsh marine protected areas with a view to identifying opportunities to maximise the economic, social, environmental and cultural benefits that can be derived from them.
  • understand what the implications of leaving the European Union will be for marine protected areas and to identify any issues that will need to be addressed during the exit process.


Evidence gathering


The Committee received written evidence from stakeholders and these have been published.


The Committee held evidence sessions with stakeholders to inform its work on 1 February 2017, 30 March 2017 and 5 April 2017.  On 14 June 2017, the Committee took evidence from the Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs.




The Committee published its report: Turning the tide? Report of the inquiry into the Welsh Government’s approach to Marine Protected Area management (PDF 1MB) on 7 August 2017. The Welsh Government responded (PDF 195KB) on 3 October 2017.

Business type: Committee Inquiry

Reason considered: Senedd Business;

Status: Complete

First published: 16/12/2016