Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Marine life at risk as number of new Marine Conservation Zones are cut

The Marine Conservation Society (MCS), the UK’s leading marine charity, has expressed great disappointment in the latest round of Marine Conservation Zone designation in English waters.

Thirty seven sites had been proposed to go forward to a second public consultation on Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs), all identified by Government’s scientific advisers as vital to plugging “major gaps” that currently exist in the development of a UK network.

However, only 23 sites have made the final list when the consultation was launched on Friday 30th January.

The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) is supported in its criticism by the National Trust, which owns 750 miles of England’s coastline.

The Trust says the underwater landscape of England’s coastline must be protected in the same way the visible land is and the protection must be put in place now before it’s too late.


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