Explanatory Memorandum

Marine Act (Northern Ireland) 2013

2013 CHAPTER 10

17 September 2013

Commentary on Sections

Part 3: Marine Protection

Section 24: Advice and guidance by the Department

This section confers powers and duties on the Department to give advice or guidance to public authorities in respect of MCZs.  Public authorities are required to have regard to this advice or guidance when carrying out their duties under sections 22 and 23.

Subsections (1) and (2) specify the issues on which advice or guidance may be given; and allows it to be issued in respect of one or more MCZs and to one or more authorities.  Advice and guidance may be issued more generally on MCZs.