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New Marine Conservation Zones for the UK

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:

1. Visit the Interactive Map

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.

South-west

Finding Sanctuary

Email: info@finding-sanctuary.org

Tel: 01392 878 340

 

South-east

Balanced Seas

Email: balancedseas@kent.ac.uk

Tel: 01227 827 839

 

North Sea

Net Gain

http://netgainmcz.org/ (website under construction)

Email: dani@yhsg.co.uk

Tel: 01482 382 007


Irish Sea

Irish Sea Conservation Zones

Email: info@irishseaconservation.org.uk

Tel: 01925 813 200

Sara-Lise Haith
Sara-Lise Haithhttp://www.divasindubai.com
Sara-Lise is the former News Editor for DeeperBlue.com. She is based in Dubai.

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