Objectives and outcomes
The marine environment makes up 96% of Jersey's territorial area and includes the:
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This diverse area hosts various ecosystem services that support human activities. Those activities include fishing, conservation efforts and recreational activities. As a result, marine space has become a crowded space, and different uses of the marine environment conflict with one another.
An MSP's primary aim is to make sure we understand how people value and interact with our marine environment, which is achieved by making sure the MSP uses various evidence based factors.
The MSP process aims to find a balance between the different uses we have for our marine environment, and to make sure we interact with our local ecosystems in a sustainable manner.
Through the MSP process, there was an evidence gathering stage to highlight how Jersey's marine environment is used throughout its different areas.
The MSP focusses on human activity and how those activities relate to the ecology of our marine environment. Gathering evidence of this relationship allows us to determine how sensitive our marine environment is to the various ways humans interact with it.
This was assessed at a habitat level to demonstrate the importance of biodiversity and the ecosystems that are affected by human interaction.
The outcome of the MSP process is to make sure our marine environment is better protected and enjoyed for generations to come.
Jersey Marine Spatial Plan consultation draft
Jersey Marine Spatial Plan consultation map draft
The MSP structure
The final MSP will include:
a policy map showing the extent of zones and the locations where specific policies apply
a policy document which details the physical characteristics and current uses of the marine environment, along with policies for its future management
an evidence base which supports the policies described in the policy map and policy document
This will include an online interactive atlas showing the spatial extent of habitats and the areas used for different human activities identified through existing datasets and the stakeholder engagement process.
All documents will be made available at the end of the process through the Jersey MSP Portal. Printed versions of the policy map and policy document will also be available.
Work is already underway on gathering information for the evidence base and we anticipate that the Jersey MSP will be produced to the following timetable:
|January to February 2023||Evidence base compilation and review|
|February to March 2023||Stakeholder consultation workshops and suggestions window|
|April to July 2023||Writing draft MSP document and developing draft map|
|August 2023||Consultation draft published|
|24 October 2023 to 2 January 2024||Consultation process|
|January to March 2024||Edits following consultation|
|March 2024||Final documents issued and Jersey MSP Portal launched|
How you can get involved
Public participation and involvement from the outset of this project was fundamental in shaping the content of the MSP.
There’s now an opportunity for Islanders to comment on the content of the MSP and raise any concerns about the priorities that have been set out.
Your involvement allows public concerns to be addressed and to make sure local knowledge is highlighted and implemented into the MSP.
You should first read the Jersey Marine Spatial Plan consultation draft before you have your say on the consultation.
Complete the Jersey Marine Spatial Plan consultation
Drop-in sessions will be held every Thursday between 6pm and 8pm at:
|16 November 2023||St Helier Parish Hall|
|23 November 2023||St Brelade Parish Hall|
|30 November 2023||St Helier Yacht Club|
|14 December 2023||St Martin Parish Hall|
To achieve this plan, consultants have been brought on board who have experience working with the specific needs of island life. This has been demonstrated by their policy making and their work on the
Government of Jersey Marine Resources have commissioned Fiona Fyfe Associates to prepare the MSP. Government of Jersey are providing much of the evidence base and will be closely involved with the project. Their team includes specialists in marine planning, marine biology and mapping.
Fiona Fyfe and her team know Jersey's landscapes and seascapes well through previous projects, such as the recent
Integrated Landscape and Seascape Character Assessment, which is in regular use by several Government of Jersey departments.