UK breached Habitats Directive rules on protecting harbour porpoises, court finds

The European Court of Justice (CJEU) has declared that the UK has not designated sufficient sites for the protection of the harbour porpoise, Europe’s smallest cetacean

Harbour porpoise benefit from MPAs. Photograph: Colette2 / 123RF
The harbour porpoise is Europe's smallest cetacean

The European Court of Justice (CJEU) has declared that the UK has not designated sufficient sites for the protection of the harbour porpoise, Europe’s smallest cetacean.

Three judges ruled yesterday that the government had breached its obligations under the article 4 (1) of the EU Habitats Directive. This specifies that each member state must designate suitable habitat for certain vulnerable species, including the porpoise. They also ruled that the failure to designate special areas of conservation (SACs) for the species was a further breach of the law.

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