Trust claims high support for Marine Conservation Zones
3:00pm Sunday 10th February 2013 in News
A new petition from conservation organisation, The Wildlife Trusts claims it has “high public support” for Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs), one of which is recommended for part of Falmouth Bay The 250,000-signature strong petition from The Wildlife Trusts, dubbed “Petition Fish”, was presented to Environment Minister Richard Benyon this week.
Cornwall Wildlife Trust, which collected 4,000 signatures locally, now plans to meet with local MPs to push for the 13 MCZs recommended for waters off the Cornish coast.
A marine poll commissioned by the trusts also showed 92 per cent of 1,100 respondents were in favour of protecting nature “in circumstances where sea life is threatened by commerical activity such as industrial fishing or dredging– even if this means putting restrictions on where commercial activities can take place.”
MCZs were originally conceived to protect plants, animals and habitats from the potentially damaging activities, whilst mostly allowing “sustainable activity” to continue.
However, opponents have raised concerns that the zones would restrict recreational boating and damage local economies.
The government’s current public consultation on MCZs closes on Sunday, March 31.