The implementation of the MSFD is on-going. In July 2012, EU Member States are supposed to present their plans with:
-Initial assessment of the marine environment and whether the “Good environmental status” of its marine environment has been reached.
-Targets and indicators for the 11 marine descriptors.
CCB, Seas at Risk and the Mediterranean Information Office have developed a Handbook for NGOs on how to work with the MSFD. Factsheets related to the various marine descriptors have been developed jointly by several European environmental NGOs.