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Marine plan for South Coast launched

Words: Huw Morris

A policy framework for managing the seas around England’s south coast has been adopted by the UK government.

The South Marine Plan, produced by the Marine Management Organisation (MMO), stretches from Folkestone in Kent to the River Dart in Devon and covers around 1,700 kilometres of coastline and over 21,000 square kilometres of sea.

The area includes nine World Heritage Sites and some of the busiest shipping channels in Europe.

The plan, which aims to guide businesses on the economic benefits available in the area while protecting the marine environment, is the second in England to be adopted after the introduction of the first in the East of England in 2014.

All 11 English marine areas will have such plans in place by 2021.

The MMO said it would now be working with local authorities across the South Coast to implement the plan.

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