South marine plan areas
The South Inshore and South Offshore areas are the third and fourth areas in England to be selected for marine planning. The South Inshore area includes a coastline that stretches from Folkestone to the River Dart. We officially begin planning in early 2013.
Contains Ordnance Survey and UK Hydrographic Office data © Crown copyright and database right 2012. Marine Management Organisation.
A high resolution version of the map (PDF 3.1 MB) is available. This map is indicative only and boundaries are subject to change as plan making starts in each area.
The South of England is playing an important part in the marine planning process, and was selected due to:
- fishing with significant shell fisheries (including dredge fishers for oysters, clams in the Solent and Poole harbour)
- ports and Shipping, with a significant number of major ports in the area, and a high level of shipping density in the English channel
- high proportion of marine protected areas
- tourism and recreation, including a high level of marinas and boat-based activities.
This does not mean that the other marine plan areas across England will excluded from marine planning. Over time, all ten marine plan areas will have marine plans in place. We will communicate any important information arising from the plan making process to areas not currently involved in plan making while continuing to collect information and build relationships with stakeholders in these areas. The future marine planning will contain more information on those future plan areas. In the meantime, The Marine Policy Statement sets the framework for licensing decisions to be made in compliance with national policy in the absence of marine plans.
Marine Planning Team
Marine Management Organisation
Newcastle upon Tyne
Tel: 0191 376 2790
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