Marine environment

The marine environment of Wales supports social, business and conservation interests, from the world renowned Menai Strait in North Wales, home to Halen Mon Anglesey Sea Salt to the UK’s only coastal National Park in Pembrokeshire.

Welsh Government is driving forward Wales’s first National Marine Plan (WNMP) that will guide the development of the sustainable use of the seas surrounding our coast.

For businesses operating within the marine environment in Wales, the following links will provide guidance with regard to the key focus areas relating to the marine environment in Wales.

Welsh Government Policy and Strategy

The Wales National Marine Plan

Marine Planning Portal
The Marine Planning Portal provides information with regard to the marine evidence base relating to the WNMP that may support decision making within marine business activities

Further information with regard to Welsh Government’s commitment to marine conservation and biodiversity


Natural Resources Wales
The Natural Resources Wales website provides information for marine business with regard to licensing, planning and protected areas.

Science and Research

Scientific reports

The Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science is a UK Government agency supporting the fisheries and aquaculture sector.

Bangor University Marine Centre Wales

Aberystwyth University

Swansea University

Cardiff University

Research and reports in relation fisheries and conservation are available through the Fisheries and Conservation Science Group at Bangor University.

Bathing Water

Information with regard to the quality of bathing water in Wales