Posted: Friday 6th June 2014 by Joan
Corkwing male with nest, Paul Naylor
At the end of 2014, we celebrated the designation of the first tranche of Marine Conservation Zones. The designation of these 27 sites was a welcome first step towards creating the ecologically coherent network of sites that England, and indeed the UK needs.
At the start of this year, the Government announced 37 additional sites that they are under greater consideration this year, for potential consultation next year. Many of you supported our campaign for designation of as many sites as possible in tranche 1 and we need your support once again to ensure that the start of this network is built upon. Our campaign for Friends of Marine Conservation Zones launches on World Ocean Day (June 8th) to demonstrate support for these tranche 2 sites.
Many of us are passionate about our local wildlife hotspots on land, and vocal about protecting them. Although we don’t often see what’s living below the surface of the sea, we do know what it provides for us and we understand what it means to communities. World Ocean’s Day is a good time to reflect on the damage years of over-exploitation and neglect of our seas has had on UK marine life. It needs more protection but we need people across the country who cherish our native sea life, and understand the threats it faces, to get involved and become a Friend of these sites, to ensure as many as possible are designated next year. Together we can ensure our seas and their wildlife are afforded proper protection for everyone to enjoy in the future.