Plymouth has plans to be the country’s first National Marine Park and the council is working with local and national partners to make this happen.
Plymouth City Council is officially starting work to develop plans for Plymouth Sound to be designated the UK’s first National Marine Park, after securing £75,000 national funding to move the project forward. A National Marine Park will strengthen marine conservation and establish a world leading demonstration centre for marine technologies, further strengthening Plymouth’s expertise in these areas.
The following steps have been taken to secure National Marine Park status
- Since Plymouth City Council launched the National Marine Park consultation earlier this year, officers at the council have communicated with more than 60 stakeholders individually, and attended and hosted a range of workshops plus presentations. In addition 160 individuals and organisations have responded to the National Marine Park survey, showing wide range support for proposals;
- As well as engagement with key stakeholder groups, a series of ‘Sea In the Park’ public events are taking place to encourage residents and visitors to learn more about Plymouth Sound and Marine Park plans, supported by a #SeaInThePark social media campaign;
- The council are working with Government departments to ensure the National Marine Park has national recognition.
A video has been produced to talk about Plymouth’s ambitions for a National Marine Park.
Please note – this was published when Labour controlled Plymouth City Council between 2018-2021.