Alderney is the third largest, and the most northerly of the Channel Islands. It is a British Crown dependency and part of the Bailiwick of Guernsey. The island is five kilometers (3.5 mi) in length and three kilometers (1.5 mi) at its widest point, and is home to a population of roughly 2,000 people. The island offers a relaxing and friendly environment that caters for a wide range of interests.
The waters surrounding the island contribute significantly to Alderney's culture and heritage. These waters provide social, economic and environmental benefits to the island, for which there is likely to be increasing demand in future. The States of Alderney aspires to ensure the long term sustainability of Alderney’s marine environment and the communities and businesses that rely upon it. This can be achieved through the active management of marine activities and planning for the future.
Marine planning is particularly relevant when considering a proposal to extend Alderney’s Territorial Sea to 12 nautical miles, which will not only enhance economic opportunities, but will also increase the States’ marine management responsibilities. As such, it has been recognised that a multi-sector marine management plan, supported by the residents of Alderney, the States, and key marine sectors, is required to deliver a sustainable marine environment and associated economic and social benefits.
Image credit: Alderney- Longis Bay, by Jake Woodnutt