The Marine Management Organisation
Produced in partnership with Nicola Canty of 9 Hazel Tree Chambers
The Marine Management Organisation

The following Environment practice note produced in partnership with Nicola Canty of 9 Hazel Tree Chambers provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • The Marine Management Organisation
  • 1. Establishment of the Marine Management Organisation
  • Statutory body
  • Jurisdiction
  • Statutory objectives
  • 2. Duties and responsibilities
  • 3. Powers
  • 4. Enforcement Policy
  • 5. Funding
  • 6. Corporate information and reports
  • More...

1. Establishment of the Marine Management Organisation

The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) is an executive non-departmental public body (NDPB). The MMO is not part of a government department and it carries out its functions at arm’s length from Ministers. However, Ministers are accountable to Parliament for the MMO’s overall performance and the Secretary of State appoints the independent Board that leads and directs the MMO.

The MMO performs functions on behalf of:

  1. the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) (Defra is also the lead sponsor)

  2. the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) as it then was

  3. the Department for Transport (DfT); and

  4. the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG)

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) was one of the original five sponsoring department but withdrew its sponsorship in May 2013.

In addition as part of the Defra group, the MMO’s work and goals must comply with the framework provided by the Defra Strategy for the period up to 2020.

A cross-Government Sponsorship Group was set up to monitor the MMO’s performance and advise the Secretary of State and the chair of the MMO. The Sponsorship Group is chaired by Defra’s Marine Director and its secretariat is located in Defra’s Marine Sponsorship Team.

The MMO is headquartered at Newcastle upon Tyne and in addition to its York and London offices, it has 14 regional offices around the

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