Marine Licensing and the Water Framework Directive

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

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Water Framework Directive (WFD)

Transitional and coastal water bodies are protected under the Water Framework Directive with the aim of achieving good overall status. Therefore, a licensed project or activity seaward of Mean High Water Springs and up to 1 nautical mile must demonstrate that it will not cause ‘deterioration in the water body’. Note that the chemical status of the water body is assessed up to 12 nautical miles.

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 website. Links on the website will take you to data on the English waterbodies, data on the Welsh waterbodies are available on the Water Watch Wales webpages.