Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD)

The European Marine Strategy Framework Directive was transposed into UK legislation on 15 July 2010.  The Directive requires Member States to prepare national strategies to manage their seas to achieve Good Environmental Status (GES) by 2020. Major emphasis is placed on international cooperation.

Key requirements of the Directive:

  • An assessment of the current state of UK seas.
  • A detailed description of what GES means for UK waters, with a set of associated targets and indicators.

The two elements (above) were published in the Marine Strategy Part 1 on 20th December 2012.

The  Marine Strategy Part Two was published on 5th August 2014. This provides a description of the UK’s MSFD marine monitoring programmes.

Next Steps

A future consultation will be held to cover proposals for the UK programmes of measures for achieving GES early 2015.

MSFD Consultation

A joint consultation between Defra, the Northern Ireland Executive, the Scottish Government and the Welsh Government was held between 8 January and 2 April 2014. The consultation sought views on the implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD). We are grateful for all the comments we received.

The consultation is now closed but can be viewd via the following link:

https://consult.defra.gov.uk/marine/msfd-proposals-for-uk-marine-monitoring-programmes

The Government response to the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) consultation on proposals for the UK monitoring programmes has now been published. You can find it at: www.gov.uk/government/consultations/marine-strategy-framework-directive-measuring-progress-in-uk.

More Information

A joint consultation between the Scottish Government, Defra, the Northern Ireland Executive and the Welsh Government was held between 27 March and 18 June 2012. The consultation sought views on the implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD).

The Government response to the consultation was published in December 2012 along with the Final Impact Assessment.

Marine Scotland held a MSFD consultation event for all stakeholders on 25th May 2012. Below are the presentations given at the event -

More Information

Downloadable documents:

Title:Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD)
Description:Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD)
File:MSFD Event - Agenda [DOC, 319.5 kb: 20 Dec 2012]
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File:MSFD Event - Introductions & Overview [PPT, 2245.1 kb: 20 Dec 2012]
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File:MSFD Event - How the Impact Assessment was developed [PPT, 1239.0 kb: 20 Dec 2012]
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File:MSFD Event - How the evidence base for GES targets and indicators was developed [PPT, 6566.9 kb: 20 Dec 2012]
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File:MSFD Event - Noise [PDF, 244.9 kb: 20 Dec 2012]
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File:MSFD Event - Hydrographical Conditions [PPT, 1919.0 kb: 20 Dec 2012]
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