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ABPmer reviews Welsh Government’s proposed tidal lagoon policy

The Welsh Government is developing the first national Marine Plan for Wales. As part of this process it must make a high level assessment of the plan to ensure no adverse impact occurs to protected species or habitats within designated European Marine Sites.  

ABPmer, supported by THA Aquatic Ltd., has been commissioned to undertake a detailed Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA) of the proposed tidal lagoon safeguarding policy within the Plan, focusing on fish and marine habitats.

ABPmer will lead the assessment with THA Aquatic Ltd. providing the fisheries focus of the HRA.  

Natalie Frost, Head of Planning and Licensing at ABPmer said: “We are delighted to be asked to provide specialist input to the Welsh Marine Plan process.

“As the purpose of marine planning is to ensure the sustainable use of our seas it is important to identify and assess the potential impacts of proposed policies on the integrity of any European Marine Site.”


ABPmer is a marine consultancy and has previously undertaken a number of marine planning HRAs for the government and The Crown Estate. Its is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Associated British Ports Holdings Ltd, which also owns Associated British Ports (ABP), the largest port operator in the UK.

The company was founded as a Government research station in 1950 to meet the needs of the British Transport Commission, later the British Transport Docks Board.

THA Aquatic Ltd. has experience in undertaking fisheries assessments of power generation schemes in the marine and estuarine environment.

Image source: ABPmer

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