Thomas Paine

Thomas Paine
"These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman."

Friday, 30 September 2016

'Bluebelt' should be created around coast to protect marine life, say conservationists

From the Independent - 'If the Government lives up to its stated commitments, such a network would put us at the forefront of worldwide marine conservation'

"The Government has already created 50 such conservation zones, but in a new report The Wildlife Trusts called for another 48 to be set up to establish a “really comprehensive network” that would help marine life to flourish.

These provide different levels of protection depending on what is precious in each area. For example, trawling or dredging could be banned to preserve a particularly valuable sea bed.

But the measures could be as simple as banning anchoring on a field of sea grass but putting in a buoy that boats could tie up to instead.

Joan Edwards, The Wildlife Trusts’ head of living seas, said: “This is an unprecedented opportunity to create an effective network of protected areas at sea."

The full article can be read here.

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