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Marine Conservation Zones (Studland Bay and the Solent areas)

Last Thursday, the Environment Minister, Richard Benyon, announced the start of the public consultation on Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs). The consultation document and annexes can be viewed at

The public consultation will run until midnight on 31 March 2013, and will give everyone with an interest in the marine environment the opportunity to provide more evidence on the proposed designation decisions before they are finalised.

As guidance to RYA clubs and individual members, RYA's Planning & Environmental Advisor, Caroline Price, has produced a response on the RYA web site to the Government Recommendations. This response includes references to local Solent sites and Studland Bay, none of which have been recommended for implementation as Marine Conservation Zones in 2013, but are considered relevant for possible later implementation. The RYA web page can be found at: . It will also appear on the RYA Southern Region web site at

How you can get involved:

At a national level, the RYA will focus on issues of safety of navigation and socio-economics together with impacts on recreational boating amenity. The RYA will also make representations in relation to specific sites as outlined on our website.

However, individual clubs and members may have additional locally specific points covering a wide range of issues and the RYA would encourage you to provide this information directly to Defra for consideration by Government. The public consultation is open to everyone who wishes to respond and the full consultation document includes instructions on how to submit comments.

Although this particular consultation seeks views on the 31 sites being recommended for designation in 2013, Defra would welcome comments on all other sites being considered. They are also keen to receive general comments, particularly in relation to the approach to Reference Areas.

If you wish to support the RYA’s submissions on any of our general or site specific concerns please feel free to use the content of the RYA webpages in your own response to the consultation.

If you wish to discuss your response to these proposals for any local Solent sites please contact your local RYA Southern Region MCZ representative John Pockett on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or for Studland Bay Malcolm Palmer on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. "