Sea Life Launches Postcard Petition For Marine Conservation Zones.
SEA LIFE Blackpool is asking its visitors to help make sure the Government approves 127 proposed safe havens for coastal marine life.
The network of Marine Conservation Zones covering just under a third of UK coastal waters has been proposed following a two year, £10-million study on behalf of fisheries department DEFRA.
Marine scientists agree that between 20 and 40% of our coastal seas need to be protected to help marine life recover from decades of unsustainable use.
There are growing fears however that Ministers will falter under pressure from commercial fishing and other marine industries and approve fewer than 40 of the proposed zones.
“After a lengthy consultation process involving just about every group who uses the sea, from fishermen to yachtsmen, it’s really important to maintain the campaign’s momentum if we are to make a real difference to sea life” said Sea Life’s Jenn Newton.
“Restrictions on fishing and other activities would benefit many species, including the now critically endangered European eel, the red-listed Undulate Ray and native Spiny seahorses,” Jenn added.
“Yet all that time and money will have been wasted if all 127 proposed zones are not approved.
“So we’ve launched a postcard petition, along with all our sister Sea Life’s around the UK and hope to collect about 250,000 postcards.”
With the help of the Marine Conservation Society and dozens of schoolchildren, the Sea Life centres plan to deliver all the postcards to Westminster before a period of public consultation on the proposals gets underway in December.