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Brexit and the marine environment

In light of Brexit, how can we ensure we continue to progress towards the UK’s vision of ‘clean, healthy, safe, productive and biologically diverse oceans and seas’?


The decision by the UK to leave the EU has important implications for the future management of our seas and marine environment. It is fair to say that the opinion on implications of Brexit for the environment is varied with Environment Minister George Eustice MP suggesting that Brexit would free the UK from “spirit-crushing” green directives to Craig Bennett, CEO of Friends of the Earth, feeling “desperately sad” and issuing a red alert for the environment.

So what are the risks and opportunities that Brexit might pose for the marine environment? And how can we ensure that we continue to make progress towards the UK’s vision of ‘clean, healthy, safe, productive and biologically diverse oceans and seas’?

Stephen Hull, Technical Director at ABPmer, is a recognised authority on marine planning, marine conservation and marine policy has prepared a paper which explores some of the potential issues and challenges Brexit may bring and gives a personal view on the opportunities

Download Stephen's White Paper:
Brexit - Implications for the Marine Environment

Where next for UK fisheries?

Now that Brexit has come to pass, what does it mean to leave the Common Fisheries Policy? What changes will there be, what will remain the same? What are the opportunities and challenges, and how can we best use the situation to improve our fish stocks, fishing communities and marine environment?

Suzannah Walmsley, Fisheries Specialist at ABPmer, has prepared an overview of what she sees is next for UK fisheries.

Download Suzannah's White Paper:
Brexit - Where Next for UK Fisheries?

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