The National Assembly for Wales’ Environment and Sustainability
Committee has undertaken a short inquiry into marine policy in Wales.
The purpose of
the inquiry was to:
- assess progress made by the Welsh Government in relation to
implementation of the Marine Act 2009 with particular regard to the marine
conservation and the marine spatial planning powers of the Act;
- assess progress made by the Welsh Government towards the achievement
of its European obligations in this field with particular regard to the
Marine Strategy Framework Directive, the Birds Directive, the Habitats
Directive, the Bathing Water Quality Directive and the Water Framework
- what progress has been made in relation to the development of marine
spatial plans for Wales?
- what is the current status of marine protected areas
in Wales and what role should the new marine conservation zones have in
this network of protected areas?
- the development of the Welsh Government’s functions
in relation to marine licensing and fisheries and whether this has been
- what progress has been made by the Welsh Government
in the implementation of key European Directives?
- whether there is sufficient cooperation and coordination
between the Welsh Government and its neighbouring administrations in
relation to the management of its seas?
- whether the Welsh Government has sufficient financial
and staff resource to deliver on its marine policy and legislation
- whether stakeholders have been sufficiently involved
in the shaping of new policies and the development of legislation?