Highly Protected Marine Areas

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 31 May 2023.

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Photo of Baroness Jones of Whitchurch Baroness Jones of Whitchurch Labour

To ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have to extend the number of Highly Protected Marine Areas; and what is their timetable for the associated consultation.

Photo of Lord Benyon Lord Benyon The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

In February 2023 the Government announced it would designate three Highly Protected Marine Areas (HPMAs) in English Waters before 6th July 2023. The Government will begin exploring additional HPMAs this year. Any future sites would be subject to consultation as required by the Marine and Coastal Access Act.

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