Marine policy criticised

The Welsh Assembly's Environment and Sustainability Committee has criticised the Welsh Government's marine policy in a report published today.

Welsh Government 'will consider' marine report

The Welsh Government has said it will consider the findings of a Environment and Sustainability Committee report into marine policy.

The report claimed the Welsh Government has not delivered on responsibilities since the issue was devolved from Westminister.

We have received the Environment and Sustainability Committee's report on marine policy in Wales. We will fully consider its findings and respond formally in due course.

– Welsh Government Spokesperson

Marine environment seen as "third tier consideration"

The Welsh Assembly's Environment and Sustainability Committee has criticised the Welsh Government's marine policy, saying Wales's marine and coastal environment is being treated as a "third tier consideration".

In a report, the Committee claims the Welsh Government has not delivered on key responsibilities of marine policy.

We hope that the Welsh Government takes this report as a wake-up call. It has been far too slow in implementing the Marine and Coastal Access Act and the management of marine policy has not been good enough, as highlighted by the significant public concern that was evident across Wales during the recent Marine Conservation Zones consultation

– Lord Dafydd Elis-Thomas AM, Chair of the Environment and Sustainability Committee

According to the report, the marine and coastal environment contributes £2.5bn to the Welsh economy.

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