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Marine Licensing and the Water Framework Directive

Information on the Water Framework Directive and how it applies to marine licensing

Water Framework Directive (WFD)

From the mean low water mark up to one nautical mile from shore, the sea is protected under the Water Framework Directive (WFD). This requires that any licensed project or activity does not ‘cause deterioration in a water body’.

All application (apart from Band 1 low risk activity applications) must be accompanied by a WFD assessment.

Guidance on how to carry out a WFD assessment can be found on the Gov.uk website. Links on the gov.uk website will take you to data on the English waterbodies, data on the Welsh waterbodies are available on the Water Watch Wales webpages.

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