Highly Protected Marine Areas

Help bring our seas back to life

What are Highly Protected Marine Areas?

At the moment we don't have any Highly Protected Marine Areas in UK waters - and we want to change that

Highly Protected Marine Areas could be the gold standard of marine protection: the first of their kind in the UK. All damaging activities including fishing, construction and sea angling dredging would be banned, meaning nature could properly recover. Imagine how incredible our oceans could be if given the change?

In 2019 an independent panel was tasked by the Government to review how and whether HPMAs could be introduced to English waters. We galvanised our amazing Wildlife Trust supporters - and over 3,000 of you responded to the panel's consultation, backing our call for HPMA introduction.

Now, we need your support again...

What did the panel recommend to the Government?

The panel's recommendations have now been published - and we're delighted that these are in line with what we asked for. The headlines in the report include:

  • HPMAs should ban all destructive activities including fishing and only allow non-damaging levels of other activities e.g. swimming, kayaking, scuba diving.
  • HPMAs should take a whole-site approach, protecting all species and habitats within their boundaries.
  • HMPA sites should have sufficient geographic spread to cover nearshore, inshore and offshore waters and different regional seas.

The Government must implement the recommendations as soon as possible, and publish an ambitious HPMA delivery plan within the year. 

How can I help?

Help us to tell the Government that they must implement the recommendations as soon as possible, and publish an ambitious HPMA delivery plan within the year. 

Yes, I'll help!