Northern Ireland Marine Act enters force

Northern Ireland has become the final part of the UK to get a new marine planning and conservation framework.

Northern Ireland has become the final part of the UK to get a new marine planning and conservation framework.

The 2013 Marine Act (Northern Ireland) was welcomed in a 24 September statement by Northern Ireland environment minister Mark Durkan. It contains powers for designating nationally important marine conservation zones (MCZs) and requires the Department of the Environment Northern Ireland to publish a marine plan for Northern Ireland. It complements similar legislation covering Scotland, Wales and England (ENDS Report 418, p44 and 461, p61).

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