This report has been prepared to satisfy the requirement under section 21 of the Marine Act (Northern Ireland) 2013, that the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (the Department) lays a report in the Assembly setting out:
- information on Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs) designated;
- the extent to which, in the opinion of the Department, the objective in section 20 to establish a network of conservation sites has been achieved; and
- any further steps which are required in order to contribute to the achievement of that objective.
This is the first report and covers the period between September 2013 and December 2018.