- 30 May 2001
- North from the Nab about 10 miles
Aerial view of Old Harry Rocks
Press Release from MMO this morning:
"From 17 December 2021, the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) is introducing a phased voluntary approach for the management of anchoring in Studland Bay Marine Conservation Zone (MCZ).
This will give recreational boaters in Studland Bay time to explore alternatives to anchoring in sensitive areas of the MCZ - such as the use of advanced mooring systems. From 1 June 2022, the area will be increased to cover the majority of seagrass beds to form a permanent voluntary no anchor zone.
MMO consulted and engaged widely on the management of anchoring in the MCZ:
- October 2020 - Following a draft assessment of the impacts of marine non-licensable activities on Studland Bay MCZ, MMO held a call for evidence. This was an informal consultation which sought views from stakeholders on the draft assessment and management options.
- February 2021 - MMO announced that based on the draft assessment and call for evidence, management measures were required for anchoring due to impacts on the site, but further engagement was needed with the public to develop them.
- March 2021 - Dorset Coast Forum facilitated two engagement events to gather feedback from stakeholders on a set of draft anchoring management options presented by MMO. The first meeting was attended by 32 representatives from key stakeholder groups and the second meeting was attended by 370 members of the public.
- September 2021 – MMO held a meeting with representatives from key stakeholder groups to announce the management approach.
Full text here: Protecting precious marine habitats together
A full summary of MMOs position can be downloaded here: This links to 5 publications from MMO about the Studland debate.
Managing marine non-licensable activity in Studland Bay Marine Conservation Zone
This effectively closes the debate and confirms that Marine Conservation Law can be based purely on undefined 'expert opinion' that effectively cannot be challenged. It IS a success in that in 2008 the Conservationists stated aim was to close the Bay altogether. This objective has been vigorously pursued since by Conservation interests, and opposed with equal vigour by BORG and some other boating organisations. I camapigned from the outset for Voluntary measures, and that is what we have.
The effectiveness of the regime will be monitored by MMO, and further tougher measures may be considered if visitors ignore the recommendations.