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Press Release - Alderney Marine Plan Update

For immediate release: 18 April 2018

In response to questions from the Alderney Journal regarding the Alderney Marine Plan, which is due to be considered by the full States of Alderney, following agreement by Policy and Finance Committee at its April meeting, the following update is provided:

The States of Alderney have been made aware by the UK Government (with whom discussions on the Island's Territorial Sea Limits will take place) that it is affording a very high priority to Marine Planning and Management. It is therefore eminently sensible that the island enters such discussions able to demonstrate capacity and capability both within the government and the community to look after its marine resources responsibly in a planned and coherent manner.

The States of Guernsey's position in respect of its own marine planning is a matter for Guernsey but Guernsey have noted that the course Alderney is proposing in regard to marine planning and management can only help in any future discussions, making clear that the island is well placed to manage an extension to the Island's Territorial Seas. Guernsey have not suggested that Alderney waits on developments in Guernsey.

If supported by the States of Alderney, the Alderney Marine Plan will deliver an economic and environmental blue print for the community. Providing evidence to the outside world that the Island's waters are well managed, particularly in light of the proposed extension of the territorial waters from 3 nautical miles to 12 nautical miles. The plan sets out a list of priorities, provided by the Alderney community as well as community members of the Alderney Marine Forum.

These include:

  • sustainable use,
  • environmental conservation and protection,
  • knowledge and understanding,
  • designations (existing and future),
  • local industry,
  • tourism
  • effective management
  • infrastructure and facilities
  • transport
  • community engagement
  • cooperation and collaboration
  • waste management
  • long-term change

One of the key issues that will be addressed (if supported by the full States of Alderney) is designating Alderney's water as a Locally Managed Marine Area. This is an internationally
recognized 'light touch' designation under which the local community is recognized as being responsible for the management of a marine area. It is a flexible designation that is focused on sustainable use of marine resources (not only conservation). For example the area could be branded to maximize the marketing value of the designation thereby potentially increasing the market value of fish sold from Alderney. This would effectively put Alderney "on the map", provide a framework for management of Alderney's marine area, increase tourism and add to the Island's environmental reputation.

More information can be found at A full copy of the Alderney Marine Plan will be made available as soon as ratified by the States of Alderney.