Joint Nature Conservation Committee
This guidance is intended to provide a resource for marine users, regulators, advisors and the enforcement authorities when considering whether an offence of deliberately disturbing or injuring/killing a marine European Protected Species (EPS) is likely to occur or to have occurred as a result of an activity. Marine EPS include cetaceans (e.g. harbour porpoise), turtles and the Atlantic Sturgeon. Insofar as it provides guidance on the application of the disturbance offence, the guidance must be taken into account by courts in proceedings for that offence.
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