As a Statutory Harbour Authority and Trust Port, Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) is required to have due regard to the environment in every aspect of the business and its activities. CHC’s jurisdiction extends from the Prince Consort north cardinal buoy in the Outer Harbour and down the Medina Estuary as far as the Folly. The Commission also has a number of responsibilities under specific legislation that relate to the marine and coastal environment within its jurisdiction.
The whole area is designated and protected for the quality of its coastal habitats and forms part of a larger site made up of key features in and around the Solent. CHC has responsibilities for management of the designated site as well as its duties as a trust port and harbour authority.
The pages in this section provide useful information about key documents, our environmental responsibilities, and the wildlife of this beautiful estuary.
See each section for more details:
- Estuary Sedimentation Management
- Wildlife Conservation
- Small Craft Sewage Discharges
- Port Waste Management Plan
- Oil Spill Response Plan
- Dredge Licence Applications
- Works Licence Applications