Proposals to protect the Thames Estuary and the seas off our coast are vital and have widespread public support Mike Gapes MP said today.
His comments were made after The Wildlife Trusts held a parliamentary event to show support for the proposed network of Marine Conservation Zones in English and offshore Welsh waters, as the Government consults on which areas should be designated.
The event brought to a close The Wildlife Trusts' ‘Petition Fish’ campaign, which secured almost 250,000 signatures in support of marine protection. Petition Fish was part of The Wildlife Trusts’ campaign to secure an ‘ecologically coherent’ network of Marine Protected Areas around the UK. This would allow our seas to recover from past damage and sustain current pressures.
Mike said; “I was delighted to join The Wildlife Trusts to show my support for the recommended Marine Conservation Zone network. Our seas are under great pressure. It is vital that we act now to protect them to allow them to recover. We must do so as they provide essential benefits upon which we rely on from resources such as fisheries and aggregates to the ocean processes which help to slow down climate change.
I encourage everyone to have their say on this consultation and to show their support for The Wildlife Trusts' campaign by logging onto their website. The consultation runs until 31st March. People can respond through The Wildlife Trusts' website wildlifetrusts.org/haveyoursay