Tompot blenny with sponges and anemones (Credit Paul Naylor)
On July 18th statutory nature conservation bodies the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) and Natural England presented their formal Advice Package on the recommended network of Marine Conservation Zones to the Governments Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).
Joan Edwards, Head of Living Seas for The Wildlife Trusts, said: “While we welcome this advice we continue to urge the Government to designate all 127 recommended zones and soon, in order to achieve the ecological coherent network of Marine Protected Areas it is committed to establishing.”
If you have signed up as a Friend of your local recommended Marine Conservation Zones or those you love to visit then now would be a great time to contact your local MP; not only to highlight some of the positive advice which has been presented by the statutory nature conservation bodies but also to remind them how much you value these places and the marine wildlife and habitats that can be found there.
We have produced a mini campaign brief which you can download below that highlights some of the positive messages within the Advice Package Summary you may like to show your support for this advice within your letter. The advice package is large so it will take some time to go over in detail and we shall certainly keep you posted on further developments. And don't forget MP's can show their support too by becoming a Friend so why not invite them!
If you have not had chance to write to your local MP then don’t forget to take a peek at our Campaigners Resources where you can find our easy guide on how to get started.
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