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Tell UK Government to Take Marine Conservation Zones Seriously

December 19, 2013 Leave a comment Go to comments

George Eustice, the fisheries minister, recently boasted about the new protection Britain’s fragile coastal ecosystems were getting in the form of 27 new Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs). There wasn’t actually that much to brag about. Scientists had recommended the creation of 127 such areas. The 100 missing MCZs leave populations of spiny seahorses and other wildlife in danger of being obliterated. Furthermore, the MCZs that have been declared provide only limited protection to their wildlife, and not a single one is completely closed to fishing. Of course, this could be “just the start” as Eustice says; although it’s far from a big step, it could be one in the right direction. The watering down of much-needed protection in this manner, however, doesn’t look promising. Our natural heritage is far too important for ministers to faff around with cheery words and token efforts. Marine ecosystems need solid protection and quickly. Tell the UK government to take marine conservation seriously.

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