Marine Plan consultation update

Overview of submissions received during public consultation on the draft Marine Plan for Northern Ireland

The statutory consultation on the draft Northern Ireland Marine Plan and its associated documents (including the Sustainability Appraisal (SA) and Appropriate Assessment (AA) Screening) opened for submissions to the public on 18th April 2018 and closed on 15th June 2018.  During the consultation period, over 70 organisations and individuals completed submissions either online, by email or submitted in writing. 

Submissions were received from a broad range of stakeholders, including members of the public, coastal community groups, environmental NGOs, sports bodies, stakeholder representative bodies, fisheries organisations, energy providers, Local Authorities, and public sector bodies. 

Topics cited by respondents

A broad range of issues have been addressed in submissions. These have been collated and summarised under the following themes and for each of the individual policies:

  • Transboundary
  • Sustainable development
  • Structure to document
  • Approach to the Marine Plan
  • Public accountability
  • Governance
  • Policy gaps
  • Loughs Agency
  • GES
  • Definitions and terminology
  • Public participation
  • Precautionary principle
  • Maps and Map Viewer
  • Ecosystem based approach
  • Brexit

The Department is in the process of considering these submissions and shall clarify responses with respondents as necessary to determine if changes are required to the draft Marine Plan. A synopsis of responses shall be published.

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