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|Title:||One Step Closer To Protecting Yorkshire's Marine Wildlife|
|Author:||Yorkshire Wildlife Trust |
|ID & Publication:||20140311004 ~ The-Villager.co.uk |
Yorkshire Wildlife Trust have welcomed the announcement that recommended marine conservation zones for Yorkshire shall be considered for consultation in 2015.
The Wildlife Trusts have welcomed the announcement from Defra that 37 recommended Marine Conservation Zones shall be put forward for public consultation in 2015.
Within this second public consultation Yorkshire Wildlife Trust are thrilled to have 3 recommended Marine Conservation Zones included within the list. The Trust and its 36,000 strong membership have been championing these sites along with the rest of the recommended network since 2011. They include: Runswick Bay - located north-west of Whitby the rocky reefs here are home to a wealth of wildlife found hidden in cracks and crevices. Compass Rose - located 30km off the Yorkshire coast and provides spawning and nursery grounds for fish including plaice, herring, lemon sole, sandeel and sprat. And the Holderness Inshore –stretching from Skipsea to Spurn Point; the seafloor here boasts a wealth of diversity that supports a dense coverage of hydroid and bryozoan turf, sponges and ross worm reef as well as many fish, including tope and smoothhound.
North Sea Living Seas Manager Kirsten Carter, said:
‘We have been engaged with the process to establish Marine Conservation Zones since 2009 and I am delighted these Yorkshire zones shall be included in the second public consultation in 2015. The North Sea has a wealth of marine habitats that provide year round homes to all kinds of marine species.
The Living Seas Centre based on South Landing at Flamborough is a fantastic education centre where you can find out more about our North Sea wildlife and sign up to support these recommended Marine Conservation Zones. Otherwise visit our website for all the details www.wildlifetrusts.org/MCZmap .’
Marine Conservation Zones are vital to protect and restore the marine environment. Such areas are one of the best tools to protect marine wildlife effectively and restore our seas to their full potential following decades of neglect and decline. They are also needed for mobile species – such as whales, dolphins, basking sharks and seabirds – in order to create a network that is truly ecologically coherent.
Joan Edwards, The Wildlife Trusts’ Head of Living Seas, said:
‘We are pleased by the Government’s commitment, demonstrated this week, to a second tranche of Marine Conservation Zones. The 27 areas designated at the end of last year were the first step towards an ecologically coherent network.
‘There is huge public support for greater protection of our seas using Marine Protected Areas. They are one of the best tools to protect marine wildlife effectively and restore our seas to their full potential, following decades of neglect and decline.’
In November 2013, The Wildlife Trusts welcomed Defra’s immediate designation of 27 Marine Conservation Zones, the first step towards the creation of an ecologically coherent network so absolutely vital to ensure the healthy future of our seas. At that time, Marine Environment Minister George Eustice also announced plans to designate two more phases of MCZs over the next three years to complete the Government’s contribution to a network of marine protected areas. He said: ‘This is just the beginning, we plan two further phases over the next three years and work to identify these will begin shortly.’ The consultation on the second phase is expected to be launched in early 2015.
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