Isle Of Man / Ellan Vannin

Isle of Man marine future 'roadmap' to be defined

Maughold coastline
Image caption The Isle of Man's marine plan will take two years to compile

Public feedback has been invited to help create a "roadmap" for the future of the island's marine environment.

The plans will co-ordinate the development of all marine activities in Manx territorial waters.

Isle of Man waters, as defined by the Territorial Sea Act 1987, extend 12 nautical miles from the coastline.

A government spokesman said there was increasing demand on space from a number of different marine activities and protection measures.

The island's infrastructure department has released a Statement of Public Participation (SPP) which outlines how and when members of the public can have their say on the plan.

Minister David Cretney said: "As a small island nation, the role of the sea has for centuries defined our industry, commerce and culture and as such has an inextricable link to the well-being of our nation - future developments must be managed sensitively."

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