The Government today outlined the creation of 27 Marine Conservation Zones in England. Here is the National Trust reaction to the announcement:
Phil Dyke, Coastal and Marine Adviser at the National Trust, said: “The National Trust, as a partner in the first Marine Conservation Zone (MCZ), set up in the waters around Lundy, has first-hand experience of the considerable benefits of protected zones for nature conservation. We therefore very much welcome the Government’s announcement today to designate 27 Marine Conservation Zones as a positive first step in creating a larger and coherent network of protected areas in our marine environment.
“We’ll look closely at the government’s proposed approach to designate further MCZs through to 2017 – it’s vital that the process moves quickly to establish a network of MCZs at the scale required to secure a healthy future for our marine environment. Key to this will be sustaining momentum, building on the considerable energy, consensus and commitment secured from partners engaged in the earlier processes of consultation for selecting MCZs.”