Pool Harbour - Aquatic Management PLan

The HarbourPoole Harbour 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 uses has long been recognised.

The Aquatic Management Plan Its overall aim is:
“To promote the safe and sustainable use of Poole Harbour, balancing the demands on its natural resources, minimising risk and resolving conflicts of interest.”

The Plan looks at ways of maintaining sustainable levels of economic and social activity within the Harbour and its hinterland, while protecting its natural environment. It considers the activities of all those involved in the development, management and use of the Harbour within a framework that facilitates the integration of their interests and responsibilities.

Management Framework The plan is supported by the Poole Harbour Steering Group, which is a voluntary partnership that provides a framework for coordination between statutory bodies with responsibilities in Poole Harbour. Its members work together to review, prepare and implement common plans and policies, with a view to promoting the sustainable use of Poole Harbour, whilst securing the long-term conservation of its internationally important wildlife and natural habitats.

Membership of the Steering Group consists of; Borough of Poole, Dorset County Council, Natural England, Environment Agency, Poole Harbour Commissioners, Purbeck District Council, Southern Inshore Fisheries & Conservation Authority and Wessex Water Services Ltd.

Funding This plan review and publication project 2006 was made possible thanks to funding from all the Poole Harbour Steering Group members, with key funding from The Crown Estate (owners of most of the Harbour bed), who provided a substantial contribution through their Marine Stewardship Fund.

Implementation of the plans actions continue with the Poole Harbour Steering Group providing the coordinating role.

Enquiries to Poole Harbour Aquatic Management Plan
C/O Poole Harbour Commissioners
Harbour Office
20 New Quay Road
BH15 4AF

Telephone: (01202) 440234
Email: Information

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