Aquatic Management Plan

Poole Harbour Aquatic Management Plan 2006 (Amended 2011)
The Aquatic Management Plan has been implemented to promote the safe and sustainable use of Poole Harbour, balancing the demands on its natural resources, minimising risks and resolving conflicts of interest.

Poole Harbour is one of the outstanding natural features of Southern England and one of the largest natural harbours in the world. The Harbour is of exceptional ecological value with, National, European and International nature conservation designations. It also supports significant commercial and recreational activities and the need to manage these different interests has long been recognised.

2006 Poole Harbour Aquatic Management Plan provides a framework for the effective, co-ordinated management of the Harbour and the Poole Harbour Special Protection Area (SPA) and serves as a Management Scheme for the European Marine Site, as set out in Regulation 34 of The Conservation (Natural Habitats etc) Regulations 1994. It also covers the present and future needs of nature conservation, recreation and commercial use and other legitimate interests of the Harbour.

This non-statutory Plan has been produced by the Poole Harbour Steering Group and contains guidelines, principles and objectives designed to inform, advise and guide current and future management of the Harbour. It aims to build on established partnerships and be a vehicle for communication, providing a framework within which decisions can be made and appropriate action taken.

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