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ABPmer reviews Welsh Government’s renewable energy policy that offers support for tidal lagoons

ABPmer is undertaking a detailed Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA) of the proposed Welsh Government tidal lagoon safeguarding policy.

The Welsh Government is developing the first national Marine Plan for Wales. As part of this process it must make a high level assessment of the plan to ensure no adverse impact occurs to protected species or habitats within designated European Marine Sites.

ABPmer supported by THA Aquatic Ltd., has been commissioned to undertake a detailed Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA) of the proposed tidal lagoon safeguarding policy within the Plan, focusing on fish and marine habitats.

Natalie Frost, Head of Planning and Licensing at ABPmer said: “We are delighted to be asked to provide specialist input to the Welsh Marine Plan process.

“As the purpose of marine planning is to ensure the sustainable use of our seas it is important to identify and assess the potential impacts of proposed policies on the integrity of any European Marine Site.”

ABPmer will lead the assessment with THA Aquatic Ltd. providing the fisheries focus of the HRA.

ABPmer is a recognised authority in marine planning and policy and has previously undertaken a number of marine planning HRAs for government, the devolved administrations and The Crown Estate. THA Aquatic Ltd. has considerable experience in undertaking fisheries assessments of power generation schemes in the marine and estuarine environment.

This assessment and associated report will be considered as part of the wider HRA process and the conclusions reviewed by AMEC as part of the Plan-level HRA of the Welsh National Marine Plan as a whole.

It is the intention to make all reports available during the formal consultation on the draft WNMP when comments will also be invited on the plan-level HRA. The consultation is expected take place in November.

To find out more about ABPmer's HRA services, contact Natalie Frost on +44 (0)23 8071 1850.