Protecting our Marine Environment

Scrutiny review - Environment, Housing and Infrastructure Panel

Launch date: 19/07/2010

Review status: Report published

What is the review about?

The monitoring and regulation of coastal water quality

Terms of reference

This review is being undertaken by the Environment Scrutiny Panel to evaluate:

  • the importance of protecting Jersey’s marine environment against pollution, and in particular,
  • concerns about marine water quality and the potential effect on Island residents, recreational users and the Island’s fish farming industry of any potential for reduction in water quality, and
  • the effectiveness of States monitoring and regulatory activities in protecting the marine environment.

The review will examine the following in respect of the marine environment:

  1. applicable environmental legislation, including consideration of relevant international standards and any anticipated developments;
  2. the remit of Environmental Protection, Health Protection, Harbours, Fisheries and Marine Resources, States Veterinary Officer and Transport and Technical Services Department;
  3. existing and potential sources of pollution
  4. pollution prevention work undertaken;
  5. regulatory powers including enforcement activities, procedures for investigation, prosecution and sanctions
  6. monitoring activities, current testing regimes, planning controls, emergency planning and discharge consents
  7. laboratory resources and arrangements for analysis of results
  8. information available to the public on environmental protection and health issues
  9. resources available for marine environmental monitoring, regulation and protection
  10. the role of, and engagement with stakeholders.

The review will also:

  • investigate the collation and assessment of scientifically based evidence of water quality impacts arising from the sewerage network, other outfalls and discharges from the Fort Regent cavern
  • identify and consult where appropriate with stakeholders involved in dealing with any potential impacts of marine pollution on human health, marine eco-systems and aquaculture, and recreational use of beaches and local waters
  • consider relevant current organisational structures and departmental responsibilities with respect to policy and operations affecting the marine environment
  • compare these to alternative best-practice models of environmental protection and regulation elsewhere
  • assess the benefits and resource implications of implementing possible operational or organisational change

The Panel will report its findings to the States.

Call for evidence



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