June was a busy month for the Forum which met for five full days, 9-10 June and 23-25 June. During these meetings deliberations continued about the various areas that are under discussion along the south-east coast resulting in further refinement of the sites that will eventually go out for consultation to get more information. This month individual Forum members are continuing to talk with their respective stakeholder groups to get further input into the sites for consultation.
The Forum will meet again in late July to report back on the further feedback they have gathered. August will see a refinement of the draft list of sites being considered that will then be released for public consultation in October.
Following the release of the public consultation document the Forum will hold publically advertised Listening Posts throughout the region where members of the public will be able to come and discuss the draft recommendations and find out more about how to make a submission. The public will then have two months to make a submission.
The feedback from submissions will be taken into account in reviewing, changing and finalising the final network of recommended areas for marine protection that will be delivered to the Government in April 2017.
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