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Management Scheme Activities

For the purpose of European Marine Sites (EMS), activities are those actions that happen around our coasts and in our marine areas that are not plans or projects. Plans and projects are covered by other regulatory mechanisms such as marine licensing, and are not covered by the Solent European Marine Sites (SEMS) scheme of management.  Activities may be controlled or managed by competent or Relevant Authorities (RA) on a continuing basis or may fall outside of any jurisdiction. Relevant Authorities often have some form of management or control over activities due to non-statutory functions such as land ownership. The Marine Protected Areas (MPA) national steering group produced a document that looks at the duties on public authorities with regards to MPA management. The MMO has published a best practice guide to non licensable activities.

Activities that take Place within SEMS

The activities considered by the SEMS Management Scheme are classified to coordinate with Natural England’s conservation advice packages. These packages show what the impacts of activities can be on the SEMS sites. 

Each year activities are monitored and reported on by the Solent's RAs and are subsequently discussed at their annual management group meeting. The resulting SEMS Annual Management Report sets out actions agreed by the SEMS management group to address issues arising from activities.

What is the Role of the MMO in Managing Activities?

MMO is responsible for the assessment and managing marine non-licensable activities (where necessary) within marine protected areas for the purposes of furthering the conservation objectives of the site. This applies regardless of whether the MPA is within harbour authority jurisdiction. Where the MPA is within harbour authority jurisdiction, MMO would liaise with the relevant harbour authority with regards to management. MMO recognise that existing measures may be in place by harbour authorities and would want to avoid regulatory duplication.

Activity Survey Post Lockdown, Summer 2020

In spring 2021 the Solent Forum asked the Solent’s Relevant Authorities, who are members of the Solent Marine Sites (SEMS) Management Scheme, to undertake a one off snapshot survey about if and how recreational activities in the Solent impacted on designated sites over summer 2020. This report details the findings of that survey. There were 18 responses. The Solent Forum carried out the survey in its role as the SEMS Secretariat.

SEMS Management Scheme Activities

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