Our new report provides a blueprint the UK Government can use to revolutionise the way we manage our seas.

The Wildlife Trusts presented the report to the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Environment, Dr Thérèse Coffey MP at a marine round table held on board Research Vessel Cefas Endeavour on the Thames in London on Wednesday 25th October. Dr Thérèse Coffey MP holds responsibility for the marine environment within the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.


What is the report about?

The Wildlife Trusts has identified five unprecedented challenges that must be addressed before we leave the EU. The Government's first responsibility is to ensure that we bring across existing European regulations which provide protective measures for our seas and sea-life – we need to safeguard existing protective law, as promised in the Withdrawal Bill. With that done, however, we believe that there is more we can do to balance the needs of both people and wildlife.

Our new report, The Way Back to Living Seas, outlines a new national marine strategy that revolutionises our approach to marine management and provides a blueprint to allow our seas to recover to their former abundance.  Through a new marine planning system based on Regional Sea Plans and a joined-up network of Marine Protected Areas, we can safeguard marine wildlife and help the livelihoods of the many people who depend on the sea.


Why now?

In 2019, the UK plans to leave the European Union. Before our departure, the UK Government must ensure there is a clear vision for our marine environment. This departure is a unique opportunity to build on existing mechanisms and improve the way we manage the sea.

The Wildlife Trusts have been campaigning for the last 30 years to better manage and protect our seas, yet despite some progress towards sustainable marine management in this time, our seas are very much still in crisis.



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