MMO: Marine planning – A guide for local councils: marine planning is a statutory requirement under the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009. Marine plans address the key issues for the area, setting a vision and objectives. Detailed policies set out how these will be achieved and how issues will be managed or mitigated. The policies inform decision-making for any activity or development which is in or impacts on a marine area. This guide provides an overview of marine plans and the marine planning system. It includes information on how marine planning and land-use planning support each other, how the two systems integrate and how the marine plans should be used. (11 April 2016)