Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009—snapshot
Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009—snapshot

The following Environment guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009—snapshot
  • Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009
  • MMO
  • UK marine areas
  • Marine planning
  • Marine licensing
  • Marine Conservation Zones
  • Fisheries management
  • Enforcement
  • Recreational coastal access

Title Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009 (MCAA 2009)
Entry into force 12th November 2009 (received Royal Assent on this date, but various implementing pieces of legislation have brought different sections into force at different times since that date, see Halsbury’s Is it in force?)
Transposition deadline N/A
Amendments see—Halsbury’s Statutes Citator
Subordinate legislation in England and Wales see—Related Subordinate Legislation in Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009
Subject Marine planning, marine licensing, marine conservation, marine pollution, fisheries

Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009

MCAA 2009 introduced a revised system of marine management and licensing, including marine planning which makes provisions for general government marine environment policies, as well as those policies of the devolved administrations. It also made changes to the management of marine, migratory and freshwater fisheries, marine conservation, as well as recreational access to the English and Welsh coasts. The eight key elements of MCAA 2009 are:

  1. establishment of the Marine Management Organisation (MMO)

  2. creation of a