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How do you think we’re doing?

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Engagement officer for marine planning, Cheryl Nicholson, wants to hear your views.

Many of you involved in marine planning for our seas will have received a survey from us recently, asking about our work and its impact on you and your area of interest.

We’re delighted so many of you have been involved in our work so far, and thanks to each and every one of you who have helped shape our marine plans up to this point.

Having recently joined the marine planning team myself, I was pleased to see the genuine value given to your views, and how they impact on the work we do. So can we improve our engagement with you?

Our stakeholder survey aims to review our engagement and communications during the East marine plans development. If you were involved, please spare a few minutes to tell us your views, what areas of engagement you liked or perhaps suggestions as to how we could do things better. Your views are vital in helping us reach the right people in the right way. The survey will be open until 19 September 2014 so don’t miss your chance to influence future engagement.

We have also sent out the East marine plans monitoring survey to marine decision makers and marine licence applicants, designed to evaluate the effect of the East Inshore and Offshore Marine Plans. It is vital that we seek the views of those who use the plans most to help us evaluate their impact and use, and provide the evidence needed for plan review. This survey covers:

1. The effect of the East Inshore and Offshore Marine Plans

2. How the plans have been implemented

The survey results will be used by the MMO when reporting on the plans’ effectiveness to the Secretary of State (a legal requirement every three years) along with a range of other evidence. They will also influence how we produce plans in the future.

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