A Sustainability Appraisal approach has been undertaken to inform the development of the consultation draft plans.
It has been informed by detailed technical assessments -
a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) which assesses impacts on the environment,
a Habitats Regulations Appraisal (HRA)which considers impacts on areas designated for habitats and species of international importance, and
a socio-economic assessment that considers the impacts on other marine users and communities.