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Marine Strategy

H.M. Government of Gibraltar has published Gibraltar's Marine Monitoring Programme for British Gibraltar Territorial Waters (BGTW), after a six month consultation period held from August 2015 to February 2016. The aim of the consultation period is to measure progress towards achieving and maintaining Good Environmental Status (GES) in British Gibraltar Territorial Waters by 2020. The Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) requires that all Member States put in place measures to achieve or maintain GES in their seas by 2020.


Monitoring Programme for British Gibraltar Territorial Waters


The Marine Monitoring Programme covers monitoring regimes for eleven Marine Strategy Framework Directive descriptors.

These relate to:

- biological diversity
- non-indigenous species
- fish and shellfish
- food webs
- human-induced eutrophication
- sea floor integrity
- hydrographical conditions
- contaminants
- contaminants in fish and other seafood
- marine litter
- introduction of energy (including underwater noise)
 

Programme of Measures for British Gibraltar Territorial Waters

Gibraltar's Programme of Measures is a continuation and extension of the Monitoring Programme for British Gibraltar Territorial Waters, and identifies measures which need to be taken in order to achieve or maintain Good Environmental Status throughout Gibraltar's marine environment. All the measures have been established in connection to the eleven Marine Strategy Framework Directive descriptors.

Programme of Measures for British Gibraltar Territorial Waters
 

Marine Strategy: Updated Assessment and Good Environmental Status for BGTW

In keeping with the requirements of the MSFD, the Department of the Environment, Sustainability, Climate Change and Heritage (DESCCH) seeks to gather feedback on the Assessment Update for British Gibraltar Territorial Waters (BGTW) with a focus on the following questions:

  • Does the Assessment Update for BGTW provide an accurate reflection of the state of BGTW?
  • To what extent are the proposed new criteria and associated targets sufficient to guide progress towards achievement of GES?
  • To what extent are the proposed targets sufficient to achieve GES?
  • Where gaps have been identified do you have suggestions on how these could be filled?

This consultation has particular relevance to:

  • Groups or individuals who use the sea for whatever purpose or have an interest in it;
  • Industries reliant on the sea including those sectors that may have an impact on the sea;
  • Non-governmental organisations.

Written responses can be sent to:

Email: marine.monitoring@gibraltar.gov.gi

Post:
Department of the Environment, Sustainability, Climate Change and Heritage
Leanse Place 2b
50 Town Range
Gibraltar
GX11 1AA

Responses must be submitted by no later the 28th August 2020.

Copies of responses will be made available to the public on request. If you do not want your response including personal information to be publicly available, please say so clearly in writing when submitting your response to the consultation. Please note that it may not possible to capture all the consultation feedback in the final version of the report.

MSFD Updated Assessment and Good Environmental Status for BGTW

Application of the Ecosystem services Approach