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Solent European Marine Site

South Wight European Marine Site

European Marine Sites

The Solent European Marine Site (SEMS) is one of a number of European marine sites in the UK which are designated as internationally important sites for their habitats and species. SEMS covers the harbours, estuaries, areas of open coast and inshore water around the Solent. The site stretches from Hurst Spit in the west to Chichester Harbour in the east and includes areas along the north coast of the Isle of Wight from Yarmouth to Bembridge Harbour, as well as the mainland shores.

For more information please visit the SEMS Website.

To the South of the Isle of Wight there is a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) known as the South Wight European Marine Site. The marine part of this site has been designated as the South Wight Maritime European Marine Site (SWMEMS) following the implementation of the Habitats (92/43/EEC) and Birds (79/409/EEC) Directives.

SEMS Review

ABP Marine Environmental Research Ltd (ABPmer), has been commissioned by Hampshire County Council to undertake a review of the Solent European Marine Site (SEMS) Management Scheme. The original Management Scheme was produced in 2004 to ensure that the European site is managed in line with the Habitats and Birds Directive and to prevent damage or deterioration to the habitats and species for which it is designated. The key objectives of the review process are:

The work will include a discussion with each Relevant Authority to gather information and to obtain views on certain aspects of the Management Scheme. The initial findings will be presented to the SEMS Management Group in winter 2010. There will also be consultation with the Strategic Advisory Group to enable other organisations to contribute to the review. It is expected that the final report will be presented to the Management Group in spring 2011.