A joint consultation between Defra, the Northern Ireland Executive, the Scottish Government and the Welsh Government are seeking views on the UK’s proposed monitoring programmes to measure progress towards achieving and maintaining Good Environmental Status (GES) in their seas by 2020.
The consultation covers monitoring proposals for each of the eleven Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) descriptors. These relate to biological diversity, non-indigenous species, commercially exploited fish and shellfish, food webs, human-induced eutrophication, sea floor integrity, hydrographical conditions, contaminants, contaminants in fish and other seafood, marine litter and introduction of energy (including underwater noise).
The consultation will run from 8 January 2014 until 2 April 2014.
The consultation documents and how to response can be accessed via the following link: