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Marine Conservation Zones - latest news
Harry Barton, Chief Executive of Devon Wildlife Trust updates us on the fight to secure better protection for our marine environments...
'The first stage of our campaign for Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs) has now concluded. I am absolutely delighted that so many of you signed up to be a friend of an MCZ. We can be justly proud of the noise we made - of the top 15 sites that received the most support nationally, 14 were in Devon!'
'The formal consultation closed at the end of March. Obviously we are bitterly disappointed that only 31 out of 127 potential MCZs have gone forward to this first round. We have made our views known and we now await the government's response.'
'There are two key commitments that we are calling on the government to make. The first is an assurance that all the 31 put forward in this first tranche will be designated. The second is a clear timetable for designating the remaining MCZs. If either of these aren't forthcoming, we will be campaigning hard to get them in place.'
'Once the sites are designated, we need to make sure they are properly protected. But that's some way into the future. There is much still to do on this crucial battle for our marine wildlife, and we will no doubt need your support again, so thank you in anticipation!'