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The excessive complexity of national marine governance systems - Has this decreased in England since the introduction of the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009?

Boyes, Suzanne J.; Elliott, Michael

Authors

Suzanne J. Boyes

Professor Mike Elliott Mike.Elliott@hull.ac.uk
Professor of Estuarine and Coastal Sciences/ Research Professor, Institute of Estuarine and Coastal Studies

Abstract

With successive Government restructuring and the introduction of the Marine and Coastal Access Act in 2009, this paper revisits a previous set of organograms created in 2006 indicating the government departments with responsibilities relating to the marine and coastal environment in England in 2014. The 2009 Act presented an opportunity to harmonise marine management by simplifying the complexity in England through a radical restructuring of marine governance; however this is apparently not the case with many overlapping responsibilities still existing. This paper provides an overview of the 2009 Act, discussing some of the significant changes like the creation of the Marine Management Organisation (MMO), examines the current structure of marine management in England following its enactment and highlights the continued overlaps in jurisdiction, responsibilities and complexity of the government agencies with a marine remit. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2015-01
Journal Marine policy
Print ISSN 0308-597x
Electronic ISSN 1872-9460
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 51
Issue January
Pages 57-65
Institution Citation Boyes, S. J., & Elliott, M. (2015). The excessive complexity of national marine governance systems - Has this decreased in England since the introduction of the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009?. Marine Policy, 51(January), 57-65. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpol.2014.07.019
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpol.2014.07.019
Keywords Marine governance; Marine licensing; Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009; Legislation; Marine Management Organisation (MMO)
Publisher URL http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0308597X14001936
Additional Information Author's accepted manuscript of article article published in Marine Policy, 2015, v.51.

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