The Marine and Coastal Access Bill has announced four projects that have been set up around England, to help divers and other sea users have a voice in deciding where these zones should go, and what activities should be restricted in them. These projects are: Finding Sanctuary in the south-west, Balanced Seas in the south-east, Net Gain for the North Sea and Irish Sea Conservation Zones for the Irish Sea.
It is believed that divers will have unrivalled knowledge of the sea areas around the south-west and will possibly want to recommend that some sites are protected. In some Marine Conservation Zones, take by recreational users including divers could be restricted. However, by contributing information and thoughts divers can ensure that their interests can be taken into account during the planning of these new protected areas.
There are two ways to can get involved and be heard:
2. Call Finding Sanctuary on 01392 878 340 and arrange to meet the nearest liaison officer who will help to map the areas which are important to you.
If divers are based in other parts of the UK they may get in touch with the nearest project.
Tel: 01392 878 340
Tel: 01227 827 839
http://netgainmcz.org/ (website under construction)
Tel: 01482 382 007
Tel: 01925 813 200