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Government launches consultation reviewing Marine Licensing Requirements

Published on: 08 November 2018


DEFRA (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) has launched a consultation on proposed changes to marine licensing exemptions in the marine areas where the Secretary of State is the appropriate licensing authority, as administered by the Marine Management Organisation (MMO).

There are some activities which are exempt from MMO Marine License requirements, by extending these exemptions which are listed in full on the consultation document here, the MMO is looking to make these activities more cost effective and efficient. It applies to both inshore and offshore English Marine Areas, and the Northern Ireland Offshore Marine Area.

The consultation is aiming to make the removal of litter and debris from these areas easier to undergo, and allow Harbour Authorities, and those involved in flood and coastal defence work to do their jobs more effectively and to allow vehicles to be used for the removal of debris and litter from beach and coastal areas. The consultation will also address concerns with bio security, allowing boat hulls to be cleaned of light marine fouling, which will reduce the spread of invasive species. 

British Marine members are encouraged to read and respond to the consultation which closes on 14 December 2018. To view and/or consultation rel="noopener noreferrer" click here. If a British Marine member has any concerns can contact us at