University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park
Type of partnership: Neutral, broad-based and honest broker role.
Marine Plan Area: 3. East Inshore
The Colne estuary is an area of international conservation importance, as well as being of great significance to the history, culture and people of north Essex. The estuary is important to a wide range of stakeholders involved in recreation and leisure, aquaculture, commercial fisheries, coastal protection, nature conservation and research.The Colne estuary is one of the most studied estuaries in the UK. Research at the University of Essex has studied the ecology, chemistry and biology of the estuary for over 30 years. The Colne estuary contains many important habitats, including saltmarsh and mudflats. The estuarine habitats are designated both nationally and internationally for their importance to the conservation of biodiversity. The Colne Estuary Partnership consists of a Management Group and a broader Advisory Group, designed to represent the sometimes conflicting interests of the users of the estuary and its resources. The partnership website can be viewed at www.Colne-estuary.org and we can be contacted at info@Colne-estuary.org
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