Coastal Areas: Environment Protection

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered at on 12 March 2018.

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Photo of Lord West of Spithead Lord West of Spithead Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of calls from the Maritime Foundation for urgent action to institute measures to protect the UK's maritime littoral zone post-Brexit.

Photo of Lord Gardiner of Kimble Lord Gardiner of Kimble The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The Marine Maritime Organisation [Defra] has made an assessment of the measures needed, from a fisheries perspective, to protect England’s Exclusive Economic Zone which includes the maritime littoral zone referenced by the Maritime Foundation.

We are working with the Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authorities and the Marine Management Organisation, which together are responsible for enforcement in England’s Exclusive Economic Zone out to 200 nautical miles, as well as the Royal Navy, Border Force, and other organisations to make sure the appropriate arrangements to enforce fisheries regulations are in place to protect our waters when we leave the EU.

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